03 Jan 2013

Push Pin and the P-Head

From the Push Pin Slide Collection: what appears to be a study for an alphabet based on the 1971 PBS identity designed by Lubalin Studio.

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05 Dec 2012

Once over lightly

Some thoughts on designers and children’s books on the occasion of a scan of original art from Tony Palladino’s unpublished The Crocodile With A Glass Stomach.

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21 Nov 2012

Odd bird

Milton Glaser Collection. Drawer 21, Folder 11: poster for Poppy records, 1968.

Looks like a regular ocellated fellow, with one significant difference. Cross-reference for flowers sprouting from heads: Utopia Records, and this poster for Push Pin Graphic. (Typeface is Glaser Stencil, which appeared on other Poppy productions as well.)

06 Nov 2012

Red letter days

SVA Event 17. America Today lecture series, 1971-1972.

In light of the goings-on today in the US, here’s a quick snapshot of the poster for the School of Visual Arts’ America Today lecture series, from November 1971 to April 1972. Designed by Bill Naegels and Push Pin Studios, it enlists the studio’s characteristic use of variation within iterations of a larger structure (here, a simple grid).

Speakers included the expected art critics (“Miss” Barbara Rose) and philosophers (William Irwin Thompson), along with neurobiologist George Wald (who was a recipient of the 1967 Nobel prize for his work on the mechanics of vision), director Dusan Makavejev (who showed what would be his most famous film, WR: Mysteries of the Organism, in Cannes the previous year), and, finally, on 13 April 1972, one Lieutenant John Kerry: “veteran and anti-war spokesman; full-time political activist.”

Slightly more legible version of the snapshot available on our Flickr.

18 Oct 2012

Fifty-seven varieties of Heinz

Heinz Edelmann Collection. Series 2, Item 71. Poster for WDR, 23.5 × 33.5.

Heinz Edelmann, like his contemporary Milton Glaser, had an incredible range of graphic styles, both in his mode of illustration and layout. This 1982 poster for the Westdeutscher Rundfunk broadcaster’s series Reden muß man miteinander (roughly—correct me if I’m wrong—“We need to talk”) enlists an exceptional array of devices recalling the work of Seymour Chwast: there are similarities in the pattern, abstracted period stylization, and a floating quality to the shapes and forms, though imbued here with Edelmann’s more spastic bursts of emphasis. For comparison, see this Chwastian cat or this notable cover of Pushpin Graphic. Click through for the full poster.

12 Oct 2012

Politics in print, by Henry Wolf

Henry Wolf took a variety of approaches to dramatizing the American political process in his magazine design.

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27 Sep 2012

Metropolitan Printing in Push Pin Graphic

One regular advertiser in the Push Pin Graphic was Metropolitan Printing.

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07 Sep 2012

Changing lights

Milton Glaser’s architectural lighting and three-dimensional design for restaurants.

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23 Aug 2012

Coming soon: James McMullan at the Visual Arts Gallery

A preview of James McMullan’s upcoming Masters Series show at the Visual Arts Gallery.

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14 Aug 2012

Purple passages

James McMullan’s illustrations for Dutton’s paperback box set of The Alexandria Quartet, an ambitious mid-century novel tetralogy by Lawrence Durrell.

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