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    08 Oct 2014
  • Brilliant mistake
    Beth Kleber   The 1964 course announcement for Henry Wolf’s and Melvin Sokolsky’s photography course at SVA manages to be both instructive and artful, ...
  • 16 Sep 2014
  • Deborah Hay
    Beth Kleber   Flyer for ONCE Group performance, 1965. Since I have only had the pleasure of parking my car in the Maynard Street parking structure in Ann Arbor, ...
  • 21 Aug 2014
  • Deborah Sussman, 1931–2014
    Zachary Sachs   Photograph of Deborah Sussman, from the SVA Archives: Masters Series Collection ca. 1995 We are sad to note that Deborah Sussman died yesterday morning. ...
  • 10 Jul 2014
  • Lost New York
    Beth Kleber   New York City Parks Department signs designed by Seymour Chwast. From Print XXII:II, March/April 1968. A 1968 issue of Print dedicated to graphic design ...
  • 02 Jul 2014
  • Seymour Chwast for Pepsi
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 7: Pushpin Slides. Slide 8.4.12E. ca 1980s–90s. Chwast’s can for Diet Pepsi for the Christmas season integrated ...
  • 05 Jun 2014
  • Chwast’s irrational fears
    Beth Kleber   Seymour Chwast Collection Box 7 P241. Promotional piece for Strathmore Paper, c. 1970. Seymour Chwast illustrated this series of promotions for ...
  • 16 May 2014
  • Tony Palladino, 1930-2014
    Beth Kleber   Tony Palladino Collection Box 20b. Photograph of Palladino, who designed the graphics for Julian Barry’s play Lenny, in front of the Brooks Atkinson ...
  • 06 May 2014
  • Richard Serra in Rome, 1966
    Zachary Sachs   Bio page from “Richard Serra” at Galleria La Salita, San Sebastianello 16c Roma, 1966. A brochure for Richard Serra’s first solo show, ...
  • 24 Apr 2014
  • Won’t you be my neighbor
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection Box 2 Folder 2. Push Pin Graphic no. 50, 1966. On Flickr. This 1966 issue of the Push Pin Graphic consisted solely of an ...
  • 27 Mar 2014
  • Russell Hoban
    Beth Kleber   Russell Hoban portrait of Joan Baez, Time Magazine, November 23, 1962. Russell Hoban was best known for his beloved children’s books about Frances, ...
  • 03 Mar 2014
  • That New York
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 12 Folder 24. The Composing Room, That New York, 1960. On Flickr. The Composing Room issued a series of four ...
  • 12 Feb 2014
  • Significant figures
    Zachary Sachs   School of Visual Arts Collection. Subway poster for the School of Visual Arts: “250 Courses,” 1971. Designed by Milton Glaser. This poster ...
  • 28 Jan 2014
  • Barbizon
    Beth Kleber   From Barbizon: Portrait of a Company, 1967. Designed by George Tscherny. Larger version. George Tscherny designed this company profile for lingerie ...
  • 08 Jan 2014
  • Justine & Balthazar
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 111 Folder 4. Pocket Books, 1969. I’m always interested to see how different artists interpret of the same source ...
  • 16 Dec 2013
  • Lost and found
    Beth Kleber   Cris Gianakos, poster for Black Artists, 1970. Over the course researching our recent exhibition, Primary Sources, we got in touch with some wonderful ...
  • 10 Dec 2013
  • Portraits of Pnin
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection. Box 111, Folder 13. Cover for Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin (Atheneum, c. 1967). In February, Beth wrote about James McMullan’s ...
  • 20 Nov 2013
  • Working drawings
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser sketch in the binder for Mel Bochner’s Working drawings and other visible things on paper not necessarily meant to be viewed as art, ...
  • 12 Nov 2013
  • Wondering where we’ve been?
    Zachary Sachs   Cover of The Utterer featuring a photograph of SVA Fine Arts Faculty in front of 209 E 23rd St, 1970. Next Tuesday, our long-in-the-making exhibition, ...
  • 11 Oct 2013
  • Collage
    Beth Kleber   Cover for Collage, School of Visual Arts, 1962. Collage launched in 1962 with a mission to be “neither political nor narrowly academic.” With ...
  • 20 Sep 2013
  • Future games
    Beth Kleber   Henry Wolf Collection Box 5C. Electronic Age for RCA, Summer 1967. Photograph and design by Henry Wolf. While the enduring symbol of the US presence at ...
  • 06 Sep 2013
  • Famous faces
    Zachary Sachs   Henry Wolf Collection, Series 10: Slides. Audrey Hepburn. Photograph by Henry Wolf. Henry Wolf, in addition to being one of the most accomplished art ...
  • 28 Aug 2013
  • You can do magic
    Beth Kleber   Poster for German magician Kalanag (Helmut Schreiber), whose reputation was tainted by connections to the Nazi regime. While visiting family in Michigan ...
  • 21 Aug 2013
  • His back pages
    Zachary Sachs   Another riff on Milton Glaser’s indefatigable Dylan poster, here for a book by Roots drummer Questlove. It’s interesting the jacket designer ...
  • 14 Aug 2013
  • Emphasis on graphics
    Zachary Sachs   Henry Wolf Collection, Series 10 Henry Wolf shot this striking photograph of pencils arranged with botanical precision for Cornell University in 1978. The ...
  • 29 Jul 2013
  • Tea for two
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 94 Folder 5. Postcard for the Russian Tea Room, c. 1972. The blini is born. Perhaps you aren’t familiar with the fact ...
  • 12 Jul 2013
  • Man in the shadows
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser’s cover design for Wilfrid Sheed’s People Will Always Be Kind, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (1973) Wilfrid Sheed, who died in ...
  • 25 Jun 2013
  • Candy men
    Beth Kleber   Seymour Chwast Collection Box 6, Item P177. From Audience May-June 1972, Vol 2, No. 3 I’ve been meaning to write about Audience magazine for some ...
  • 14 Jun 2013
  • Underground Images
    Beth Kleber   Underground Images opening, June 4, 2013. Photo by Iztok Dimc. I recently had the great pleasure of traveling to Ljubljana, Slovenia for the opening of ...
  • 07 Jun 2013
  • I can’t see my flag anymore
    Zachary Sachs   Tony Palladino Collection, Slides. Photo by Edith Marshall. For Empathy Graphics. This detail from an anti-Vietnam war poster is represented only on a ...
  • 17 May 2013
  • Dusty and the Duke
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection: Box 75, Folder 1. Cover of Life magazine. A year before his 1970 illustration for an Elliott Gould cover story in Time magazine, ...
  • 07 May 2013
  • On your toes
    Beth Kleber   Henry Wolf Collection Box 5B Folder 14. Spread from Show, early 1960s. Photo by Duane Michals of George Balanchine and dancers from the New York City ...
  • 26 Apr 2013
  • Guessing game
    Zachary Sachs   This is among the chromes and slides that were collected during the composition of SVA’s 50-year retrospective volume, SVA Gold. But no one around ...
  • 15 Apr 2013
  • Everyday is like Sunday
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 34 Folder 1. “Milton Glaser after Seurat” mechanical, undated. Throughout his career, Milton Glaser has made a ...
  • 10 Apr 2013
  • Push Pin & Pop
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection. From Series 7, Slides. Though the style of Seymour Chwast and Push Pin Studios — omnivorous reference, expressive ...
  • 01 Apr 2013
  • Eat your peas & carrots
    Beth Kleber   George Tscherny Collection Box 12. Westvaco advertisement from Packaging Design May/June 1968. I came across this Westvaco ad in a 1968 issue of ...
  • 15 Mar 2013
  • Rich and splendid
    Beth Kleber   Henry Wolf Collection Box 58 Folder 17. Proof for Swanson’s on the Plaza advertisement. Vogue, September 1, 1967. After Henry Wolf moved on from ...
  • 20 Feb 2013
  • Cameo gallery
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection: Series 5, Item E33. Photograph by Carl Fischer. In 1995, the Cooper Union celebrated the 40th anniversary of Pushpin Studios ...
  • 20 Feb 2013
  • Love is a sign
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 112 Folder 24. Cover for “Signs,” a supplement to the Monthly Graphic, 1957. Thanks to the AIGA Design Archive, ...
  • 08 Feb 2013
  • Transparent things
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection Box 3 Folder 11. Tearsheet for Esquire, 1971. Nabokov’s Transparent Things was first published in the December 1971 issue ...
  • 01 Feb 2013
  • Inaugural address
    Zachary Sachs   The above is Bob Gill’s dramatically colorized poster announcing SVA’s relocation to 209 E 23rd Street in 1960 (where the main building remains ...
  • 25 Jan 2013
  • More of that PBS guy
    Zachary Sachs   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection. Public Broadcasting System. Box 33, Folder 21. n.d., ca. 1984. So last time we looked at a slide I’d happened ...
  • 18 Jan 2013
  • First Look: Fred Troller
    Beth Kleber   Fred Troller Collection. IBM Direct Access Storage Devices promotional booklet, 1970s. Recently, we were thrilled to add work by Fred Troller to our ...
  • 07 Jan 2013
  • Lucky number 13
    Beth Kleber   A series of talks at SVA in 1971 and 1972 featured a pretty spectacular line-up: Carl Andre, Larry Bell, Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, Allan Kaprow, Joseph ...
  • 03 Jan 2013
  • Push Pin and the P-Head
    Zachary Sachs   This GIF was derived from a slide documenting a study of the font used in the logotype for PBS’s 1971 identity, developed by Lubalin Studio. Where ...
  • 12 Dec 2012
  • The first Nöel
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 9 Folder 16, late 1950s. Getting into the holiday spirit, we bring you Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar’s ...
  • 05 Dec 2012
  • Once over lightly
    Zachary Sachs   Tony Palladino Collection: Series I, Original Art. Study for Anthony: The Crocodile With A Glass Stomach, n.d. In an essay with an unprintable title*, ...
  • 27 Nov 2012
  • Something Soft
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 111 Folder 18. Something Soft book jacket, c. 1968-1969. Again, another foray by Milton Glaser into the realm of expressive ...
  • 21 Nov 2012
  • Odd bird
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection. Drawer 21, Folder 11: poster for Poppy records, 1968. Looks like a regular ocellated fellow, with one significant difference. ...
  • 13 Nov 2012
  • Skeleton key
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 19 Folder 5. Columbia Records. Album cover art for “Death & the Maiden”, undated. Forever potent and still ...
  • 06 Nov 2012
  • Red letter days
    Zachary Sachs   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 ...
  • 24 Oct 2012
  • Against the grain
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 28 Folder 1. Exhibition list of works, 1957. Design by Robert Brownjohn. These exhibition catalogs and ...
  • 18 Oct 2012
  • Fifty-seven varieties of Heinz
    Zachary Sachs   Heinz Edelmann Collection. Series 2, Item 71. Poster for WDR, 23.5 × 33.5. Heinz Edelmann, like his contemporary Milton Glaser, had an incredible ...
  • 12 Oct 2012
  • Politics in print, by Henry Wolf
    Zachary Sachs   From the Henry Wolf Collection, Series 10. Henry Wolf took a variety of approaches to dramatizing the American political process in his magazine ...
  • 09 Oct 2012
  • Accidents will happen
    Beth Kleber   George Tscherny Collection Box 12. Page from “Barbizon: Portrait of a Company”, 1967 (from Idea 94, 1969). The tension between the accidental ...
  • 27 Sep 2012
  • Metropolitan Printing in Push Pin Graphic
    Zachary Sachs   From the Seymour Chwast Collection, Series 7. Most of the advertisements for Metropolitan Printing in Push Pin Graphic (which were included from 1976 ...
  • 14 Sep 2012
  • Paris in your pocket
    Beth Kleber   Seymour Chwast Collection Series 7. Bic Parfum slide, c. 1989. In 1988, Bic launched a fragrance line, hoping, somehow, to bring the convenience of their ...
  • 07 Sep 2012
  • Changing lights
    Zachary Sachs   There have been three great pieces recently on the “Color Fuses” mural Milton Glaser designed for the Minton-Capehart Federal Building in 1975. ...
  • 29 Aug 2012
  • Story arc
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 13 Folder 15. Logo for School of Visual Arts Fortieth Anniversary, 1987. I don’t think anyone would generally associate ...
  • 23 Aug 2012
  • Coming soon: James McMullan at the Visual Arts Gallery
    Zachary Sachs   From the James McMullan Collection We’re currently preparing for the next installment of SVA’s Masters Series), this time honoring James ...
  • 17 Aug 2012
  • Type cast
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Drawer 13 Folder 16, undated. Expressive typography has never been a primary stylistic mode for Push Pin founders Milton Glaser ...
  • 14 Aug 2012
  • Purple passages
    Zachary Sachs   Mockup box of Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, published 1957-60. Covers illustrated by James McMullan. James McMullan did the art for ...
  • 01 Aug 2012
  • All together now
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection. Gian Carlo Menotti’s Help, Help, The Globolinks! adapted by Leigh Dean and illustrated by Milton Glaser (G. Schirmer, ...
  • 25 Jul 2012
  • Layer upon layer
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection Box 3 Folder 10. Mechanical for Esquire or GQ illustration. These drawings from the James McMullan Collection caught my eye as ...
  • 18 Jul 2012
  • Here comes the bride
    Beth Kleber   Tony Palladino Collection. Slide of sculpture. In honor of summer wedding season we bring you Tony Palladino’s poster for “The Wedding ...
  • 12 Jul 2012
  • First Look: Paul Sahre
    Beth Kleber   Paul Sahre Collection. Book jackets (New Directions, 2012). We are thrilled to add the work of Paul Sahre to our Design Study Collection. Sahre is an ...
  • 09 Jul 2012
  • Master strokes
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 1: Detail of item O29. I’m surprised I haven’t brought this up before (or only in passing), considering that ...
  • 03 Jul 2012
  • Happy 4th from Tony Palladino
    Zachary Sachs   This hinged flag sculpture was originally designed for a cover of Second Coming magazine, but Palladino revisited the idea at intervals. One main conceit is ...
  • 26 Jun 2012
  • Sunday hats
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection. Continuing Education Bulletin cover by Tony Palladino, Fall 1989. Tony Palladino created this indelible image for a ...
  • 19 Jun 2012
  • Seymour Chwast for Topps
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 7. Slide 8.2.7E. Undated. These are undated and I can’t find any references in the usual sources, but at some ...
  • 06 Jun 2012
  • Crowd control
    Zachary Sachs   From the Tony Palladino Collection, Series 4. Color positive slide, 1992. Tony Palladino, along with Chermayeff & Geismar, was enlisted by Mobil to ...
  • 31 May 2012
  • The Elementary Doctor Watson
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 108. Poppy Records album cover: Elementary Doctor Watson! 1972. Legendary guitarist and folk singer Doc Watson died on ...
  • 18 May 2012
  • Chwast does cigs
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection, from the Pushpin Slide Directory. n.d. Another obscure, undated bit of imagery from the Pushpin slide library. Seymour ...
  • 09 May 2012
  • Cross-hatch
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 61 Folder 8. Sports Illustrated mechanical, 1961. Milton Glaser did these drawings for a 1961 issue of Sports Illustrated on ...
  • 03 May 2012
  • Quiz show
    Beth Kleber   Henry Wolf Collection Box 1 Folder 61. Photographs by Henry Wolf, undated. In the grand tradition of magazine quizzes comes “The Whatchamacallit ...
  • 27 Apr 2012
  • Some more tearing
    Zachary Sachs   From the George Tscherny Collection, Series 4. Promotion by George Tscherny for Strathmore paper, 1958. Torn-paper motifs seemed to have been very much ...
  • 25 Apr 2012
  • Palladino Perfectos
    Beth Kleber   Tony Palladino Collection Box 11 Folder 21. Perfectos advertisement, 1965. These Perfectos cigarette ads, designed by Tony Palladino in 1965, caught my ...
  • 18 Apr 2012
  • Sun-rays and lightning
    Zachary Sachs   Reverse photostat diagram from SVA Exhibition 227, The Navajo Blanket, 1972 I’ve really been getting into “folk” textiles lately, thanks ...
  • 13 Apr 2012
  • Hammers and sickles
    Zachary Sachs   SVA Exhibition 1258. Poster. From mid-November to mid-December of 1976, Andy Warhol exhibited (for the first time, according to the press release) the ...
  • 11 Apr 2012
  • Edward Gorey at SVA
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection. Course announcement, Fall 1965. From our cache of early SVA course announcements comes this sweet one in dust jacket ...
  • 06 Apr 2012
  • The hard stuff
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection. Pushpin Slide Directory. And now, the companion piece to the Pushpin beers post. “Any port in a ...
  • 30 Mar 2012
  • For the pleasure and edification of all
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 112 Folder 23. The Push Pin Almanack September & October 1954. Illustration on left by Ed Sorel. (Enlarge) Before ...
  • 23 Mar 2012
  • Milton’s menus, part 3: return to Subseries G
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection, Series II Subseries G: Menus. Box 106, Folder 7. Menus for the Crystal Pavilion. So last time I sorta got caught up in the ...
  • 21 Mar 2012
  • Childcraft
    Beth Kleber   Childcraft logotype from Milton Glaser: Graphic Design (Penguin Books, 1973). In 1970, Childcraft Education Corp. turned to Milton Glaser to design their ...
  • 13 Mar 2012
  • Saturday’s Generation
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 57 Folder 14: mechanical for Bloomingdale’s advertisement, c. 1970. It’s 1970. You’re young, you’re ...
  • 05 Mar 2012
  • Urban Outfitters’ Slant, part 2
    Beth Kleber   Design Study Collection: David Mazzucchelli. From Slant no. 3 for Urban Outfitters. Collage by Winston Smith. Having already covered some background and ...
  • 24 Feb 2012
  • The world of Windows On The World
    Zachary Sachs   View of the dining room at Windows On The World, as redone in 1996. Well since the last post on the dining options at the World Trade Center, I’ve ...
  • 17 Feb 2012
  • The Chermayeff Century
    Zachary Sachs   The American Bicentennial logo, designed by Chermayeff & Geismar. Pictured on the Viking 2 Mars Lander, late-1970s. Reproduced in 032c, Winter ...
  • 15 Feb 2012
  • Phil Hays for SVA
    Beth Kleber   This is possibly my all-time favorite SVA poster, for reasons I can’t exactly articulate. It was illustrated by Phil Hays in the 1960s while he was ...
  • 07 Feb 2012
  • Effervescent packaging by Seymour Chwast
    Zachary Sachs   From Seymour Chwast Collection, Series 7 (Box 11). Color positive slide. I was diligently digitizing the Pushpin slide collection when I ran across this ...
  • 01 Feb 2012
  • Urban Outfitters’ Slant
    Beth Kleber   Design Study Collection: David Mazzucchelli. Slant no. 2. (Enlarge) Big box retailers like Old Navy and Target have long tapped into a lightly ironic ...
  • 25 Jan 2012
  • Milton Glaser’s menus for the World Trade Center
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection, Series II Subseries G: Menus. Box 106, Folder 20. One curious feature about the Glaser collection is its organizational style, ...
  • 19 Jan 2012
  • James McMullan on the grid
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection Box 1 Folder 6: illustration for unknown publication. (Enlarge) I’m not sure there’s a greater significance to James ...
  • 13 Jan 2012
  • Brushes with history
    Zachary Sachs   Detail from SVA Collection, Events: Fine Arts Department. ‘Artist and Critic: The Nature of the Relationship’ (March 1979). Another example of ...
  • 09 Jan 2012
  • Up in smoke, part 2
    Beth Kleber   George Tscherny Collection Box 11, Scrapbook #1: from Industrial Design Magazine, September 1968. L&M Designer Pack. A couple months ago, we featured ...
  • 20 Dec 2011
  • Saks Fifth Avenue’s Folio
    Beth Kleber   Henry Wolf Collection Box 11 Folder 9. Saks Fifth Avenue Folio, Christmas 1976. By the early-1970s, Henry Wolf was nearly 10 years removed from his ...
  • 15 Dec 2011
  • Seth Siegelaub’s Xerox book
    Zachary Sachs   “The Xerox Book,” Seth Siegelaub and John W. Wendler. First edition, 1968. Edition of 1000. Our latest discovery—strongly recalling the ...
  • 14 Dec 2011
  • Little black bag
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection. “The School of Visual Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Three Distinguished Women to the Faculty” ...
  • 06 Dec 2011
  • Illustrating ‘Seventeen’
    Zachary Sachs   Illustration for Seventeen by Milton Glaser, ca. 1957 I wrote last week about some ads I came across for Seventeen. Those appeared somewhat surprisingly ...
  • 30 Nov 2011
  • Smiling faces
    Zachary Sachs   Advertisement for Seventeen magazine, printed in the Art Director’s Club Annual 36, 1957. Photograph by Becker-Horowitz. Larger version here. Ever ...
  • 21 Nov 2011
  • Back in business
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Drawer 14 Folder 26. Detail from 100 Ways To Have Fun With an Alligator and 100 Other Involving Art Projects poster by Milton ...
  • 04 Nov 2011
  • Make a date
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection. Do-hyung Kim & The Troxlers 2011 Calendar. New Year Boesch Silkscreen Company by Niklaus Troxler. Today, some contemporary ...
  • 25 Oct 2011
  • Fed up with mediocrity
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection. Folio 8 for Sanders Printing Corporation, 1964. In 1964, the Sanders Printing Corporation invited SVA’s ...
  • 18 Oct 2011
  • Up in smoke
    Zachary Sachs   Packaging for Lark cigarettes by George Tscherny, 1968. Reproduction from Graphic Design USA: The American Institute of Graphic Arts Annual, no. 10 (edited ...
  • 16 Sep 2011
  • One of these mornings
    Zachary Sachs   SVA Exhibitions 1285: And The Livin’ Is Easy: A Summer Show. 1-29 June 1986. Labor Day has come and gone, and the Autumn equinox is only a week ...
  • 14 Sep 2011
  • Fifteen years of heartache and aggravation
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection: exhibition catalog cover, 1969 In 1969, the Mead Library of Ideas presented an exhibition of the work of Push Pin Studios, ...
  • 06 Sep 2011
  • Bob + Joan
    Beth Kleber   Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, 1964. Image courtesy of the SVA Picture Collection Bob Dylan’s brief relationship with Joan Baez was exhaustively ...
  • 17 Aug 2011
  • Apply today
    Zachary Sachs   Another great example of SVA’s forms from the early George Tscherny identity system. Its almost stuffily balanced width is softened a tiny bit by the ...
  • 12 Aug 2011
  • Desk set
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 18 Folder 22: General Fireproofing Annual Report, 1969. Chermayeff & Geismar have long subscribed to the ...
  • 04 Aug 2011
  • Champion Papers
    Beth Kleber   Champion Papers Imagination XIII cover, line art from stop-motion photographs (1968) The Glaser Archives is chock full of gorgeous promotional pieces for ...
  • 26 Jul 2011
  • This won’t hurt a bit
    Beth Kleber   The Archives will be closing to visitors this week in order to prepare for our extreme makeover. When our renovated space re-opens in early September ...
  • 22 Jul 2011
  • Layer cake
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser. Printed sample study for Primrose / Beylerian Kites & Lites exhibition, 1982 (detail). One of the central features of the Push Pin ...
  • 20 Jul 2011
  • Hot potato
    Beth Kleber   Don Randi Trio +1 at the Baked Potato, Poppy Records, 1971. No one ever talks about the ways in which graphic designers risk their lives every day. In ...
  • 15 Jul 2011
  • Blue moon promotion
    Zachary Sachs   A week ago, the Atlantis took off on the last flight of the space shuttle program, almost exactly forty-two years after NASA’s most recognizable ...
  • 07 Jul 2011
  • Twombly at SVA
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection, Exhibition 191: Work from Cy Twombly: Paintings, March 8-30, 1977 at the Visual Arts Museum. Cy Twombly was the subject ...
  • 22 Jun 2011
  • Notes from the underground
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection: Rock magazine letterhead, c. 1971 This small group of letterhead from Steve Heller is of special interest to me since it gives a ...
  • 17 Jun 2011
  • First Look: David Mazzucchelli Collection
    Zachary Sachs   David Mazzucchlli, Phobia collection (Coconino Press, 2004). A small (but in part, rare) sample of the printed work of comic book artist David ...
  • 15 Jun 2011
  • Go West
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection Box 1 Folder 5: cover for West magazine, Los Angeles Times, September 28, 1969. West magazine was launched in 1967 as a weekly ...
  • 10 Jun 2011
  • Seymour Chwast keeps it cool
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 1: Original Art. Box 1, Item O4. (Marked “Neisser rand darf beschnitfen werdfin.”) Marker on paper (mounted), ...
  • 08 Jun 2011
  • Don’t it drag on
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 108: Chris Smither, Don’t It Drag On (Poppy Records, 1972). “Man as Spirit” Milton Glaser teamed with ...
  • 03 Jun 2011
  • On the same wavelength
    Zachary Sachs   SVA Events—Fine Arts Department. “Film <Artist> Art.” Curated by Gary Sherman, 14 October 1986. The BFA Fine Arts department has ...
  • 01 Jun 2011
  • Six ways of looking at a piano
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Ninth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition folder, 1993. Ivan Chermayeff frequently uses collage and ...
  • 27 May 2011
  • Dirty talks
    Zachary Sachs   SVA Event RID 225. “Is Figuration a Reaffirmation of the Status Quo?” Audrey Flack, Leon Golub, Alfred Leslie, Thomas Lawson, moderator Corinne ...
  • 24 May 2011
  • Stop the presses
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 68 Folder 17. Bird for UNICEF poster, late 1960s – early 1970s. Container List is on Twitter! Follow us for new post ...
  • 23 May 2011
  • Don’t make ’em like this anymore
    Zachary Sachs   I especially like identity systems when they are applied to things that might seem outside of the purview of corporate promotions. So with this SVA check ...
  • 20 May 2011
  • Performance for yourself
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection, BFA Fine Arts Department events: Performance for Yourself, Performance with Another, Performance with Friends: Stories of ...
  • 17 May 2011
  • First Look: Gail Anderson
    Beth Kleber   Gail Anderson Collection: Finian’s Rainbow, 2009. Next on deck in our Design and Illustration Study Collection is the work of designer and art ...
  • 10 May 2011
  • The many trademarks of Chermayeff and Geismar
    Zachary Sachs   Chermayeff and Geismar published a spiral-bound portfolio of their trademarks in 1979, a precursor to the 2000 volume TM, published by Princeton ...
  • 06 May 2011
  • Talent show
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection: Continuing Education Bulletin, Fall 1974. Illustration by Marshall Arisman, design by Richard Wilde. SVA’s ...
  • 29 Apr 2011
  • A distant mirror
    Zachary Sachs   From a recent addition to the George Tscherny Collection In the 1950s Seventeen magazine was a staffed with an incredible stable of graphic talent. Among ...
  • 27 Apr 2011
  • Eileen Boxer for Ubu Gallery
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection Box 29 Folder 2. Ubu Gallery announcement designed by Eileen Boxer for Joseph Beuys exhibition, 1995. (Larger Version) From the ...
  • 19 Apr 2011
  • First Look: Deborah Sussman
    Beth Kleber   Deborah Sussman’s work explores the intersection of graphic design and the built environment through the application of arresting images to public ...
  • 14 Apr 2011
  • The newest culinary celebrity
    Zachary Sachs   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 10, Folder 22: Caron. Logo card, 1982. (Detail) It’s easy to forget how difficult it used to be in America ...
  • 12 Apr 2011
  • They might be giants
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: USIA “Graphic Trends” portfolio, Push Pin Studios calendar. D.W. Griffith by Seymour Chwast, 1962. To ...
  • 07 Apr 2011
  • Georgia’s always on my mind
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Graphic Trends portfolio, Herb Lubalin. (Larger version) As a follow-up to our previous post on the artists who ...
  • 04 Apr 2011
  • Henry Wolf for Olivetti
    Zachary Sachs   Henry Wolf Collection: Series 2. Advertisement for Olivetti Studio 45 featuring Twiggy, ca. 1969. In the late-1960s Henry Wolf produced a number of ...
  • 31 Mar 2011
  • McMullan at NYPL
    Beth Kleber   A new exhibition, McMullan Posters: Gesture as Design, at the Vincent Astor Gallery features the extraordinary theater posters of James McMullan. The ...
  • 25 Mar 2011
  • Let me hear your balalaikas ringing out
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: USIA “Graphic Trends” portfolio: Robert Weaver, 1962. (Full photo) The United States Information Agency ...
  • 17 Mar 2011
  • Tscherny’s flag motif
    Zachary Sachs   George Tscherny Collection, Series 2. W.R. Grace & Co. 1985 Second Quarter Report. In “The Disarmingly Simple Design of George Tscherny” ...
  • 16 Mar 2011
  • The Cook
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 111 Folder 10: Book jacket for The Cook (Rhinehart & Winston), 1965. Milton Glaser created this 1965 book jacket for The ...
  • 10 Mar 2011
  • Fashion Illustration at SVA
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection: Course Announcements Box 5. Men’s Fashion Illustration (Al Pimsler), Spring 1965. Evening courses at SVA were ...
  • 04 Mar 2011
  • Auteur, auteur
    Zachary Sachs   Andrew Sarris gave a lecture at the SVA Amphitheatre at 209 E. 23rd Street in March 1968. The same year, he published his influential The American Cinema: ...
  • 02 Mar 2011
  • Spot on
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection Box 5 Folder 2: original art for Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1996). James McMullan is best known for his gorgeous posters for ...
  • 25 Feb 2011
  • The surrealistic book covers of Heinz Edelmann
    Zachary Sachs   All images from The Book of Books, by Heinz Edelmann. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1997. Klett-Cotta, founded in 1659, is a Stuttgart-based publisher ...
  • 22 Feb 2011
  • Words and music
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 13 Folder 1: Concert Associates, Inc., Stecher & Horowitz announcement, undated. (Full size) Here, a few of ...
  • 18 Feb 2011
  • Another side of the Visual Arts Gallery
    Zachary Sachs   SVA Collection: RG2.227. Navajo Weaving: Blankets and Rugs from 1850 to the Present. Curator Emily Wasserman. March 1972. In the 20 March 1972 issue of ...
  • 16 Feb 2011
  • Ciba graphics
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 11 Folder 21: Graphic from Sidelights for Ciba, February-March 1959. Ciba Pharmaceuticals hired James K. Fogleman ...
  • 11 Feb 2011
  • Love letter to NY
    Beth Kleber   Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the BBC has just posted a 30-minute radio documentary on the history of Milton Glaser’s iconic I ♥ NY logo. ...
  • 09 Feb 2011
  • Dim sum
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection: Books, The Underground Gourmet (1966) p. 124 A couple weeks ago, the New York Daily News reported that Nom Wah, the 90-year-old ...
  • 03 Feb 2011
  • Text clean and tight, some tearing
    Zachary Sachs   Tony Palladino Collection: Box 12, Folder 31. Cover for Psycho (detail), Simon & Schuster: 1959. Early in his career, Tony Palladino specialized in ...
  • 28 Jan 2011
  • Record labels
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 100 Folder 4: detail from Utopia promotional brochure cover, late 1960s? (Full image) We love our Glaser album covers here at ...
  • 21 Jan 2011
  • Shaped Paintings
    Zachary Sachs   SVA Collection: Record Group 2.1.1. Exhibition 190. Shaped Paintings (installation view) at the Visual Arts Museum, 1979. Photograph by David ...
  • 18 Jan 2011
  • The Electric Circus
    Beth Kleber   Electric Circus poster (1967) from TM: Trademarks Designed by Chermayeff & Geismar. Princeton Architectural Press, 2000. The Electric Circus ...
  • 13 Jan 2011
  • George Tscherny for Herman Miller
    Zachary Sachs   George Tscherny Collection: Advertisement for Herman Miller, promoting fabrics designed by Alexander Girard, 1954. In 1953, after a two-year stint ...
  • 07 Jan 2011
  • Foot fetish
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection: Drawer 37, Item A18. Push Pin Studios change of address announcement, 18 × 26 in., 1980. Surrealism was central among the ...
  • 05 Jan 2011
  • The White Album
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection Box 4 Folder 7: Ramon Novarro and the Ferguson brothers original art for The White Album, New West, June 4, 1979. Joan ...
  • 21 Dec 2010
  • Medium rare
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection: Box 108. Poppy Records. The Mandrake Memorial, Medium. 1968. Glaser’s fascination with exploded diagrams (this poster for ...
  • 16 Dec 2010
  • The many faces of Elliott Gould
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection: Box 51, Folder 13, sketch for Time magazine Sometimes the trail of sketches Milton Glaser leaves behind seems excessive — ...
  • 13 Dec 2010
  • Life Underground
    Beth Kleber   The Underground Gourmet by Milton Glaser and Jerome Snyder. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1966 When Clay Felker and Milton Glaser founded New York ...
  • 02 Dec 2010
  • Milton on Milton
    Beth Kleber   It’s always a pleasure to hear Milton Glaser talk about his work, so here for your viewing delight is a short video of Glaser discussing some of the ...
  • 24 Nov 2010
  • Love and joy about letters
    Beth Kleber   From Love and Joy About Letters by Ben Shahn. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1963. Love and Joy About Letters is a testament to Ben Shahn’s love ...
  • 19 Nov 2010
  • It’s friday …
    Zachary Sachs   And I don’t know about you, but I’m on vacation. (Click through for a bigger version of this poster, by Milton Glaser.)
  • 12 Nov 2010
  • To see a fine lady upon a white horse
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection: SVA Department of Illustration Exhibition, April 7-28, 1961: Phil Hays This 1961 exhibition, a who’s who of the ...
  • 05 Nov 2010
  • Sample clearance
    Zachary Sachs   This post is the long-awaited sequel to our original preview of the George Tscherny Collection, which focused on the modular display system he designed for ...
  • 02 Nov 2010
  • Squigglyman Meets Captain Cross-Hatch
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection: Blechman and Slackman course announcement, 1960s. Through the 1960s and 1970s R.O. Blechman and Chas B. Slackman taught ...
  • 28 Oct 2010
  • A brief tour of Milton Glaser’s typography
    Zachary Sachs   A sample setting of Hologram Shadow In his first monograph, Milton Glaser Graphic Design, Glaser warns that he is “not a type designer,” and ...
  • 25 Oct 2010
  • What am I doing here?
    Beth Kleber   What Am I Doing Here? by Abner Dean, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1947. I was initially drawn to this book (which came to us from Ivan Chermayeff) ...
  • 15 Oct 2010
  • Exploding coffee table
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Drawer 18 Folder 18: Knoll Sottsass poster, 1982. While we’re on the subject of the Memphis Group, better take cover; that ...
  • 12 Oct 2010
  • Chairs by Chwast
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection. Series 7, Slide 6.1.3E. The Delmar Chair. In Graphis 230 (March/April 1984), Steve Heller reports on Seymour Chwast’s ...
  • 06 Oct 2010
  • A Grand Union
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 57 Folder 6: Grand Union on E. 86th Street, New York City, 1988 (pear sculpture by Jordan Steckel) In the mid-1970s, Milton ...
  • 01 Oct 2010
  • I can see right through you
    Beth Kleber   Henry Wolf Collection Box 7 Folder 73: Course announcement for the School of Visual Arts, c. 1964 Henry Wolf Collection Box 7 Folder 73: Course ...
  • 27 Sep 2010
  • Kid stuff
    Zachary Sachs   Heinz Edelmann Collection: Series 1, Item 8 We looked at some of Edelmann’s political posters for the West German radio station WDR back in June. ...
  • 21 Sep 2010
  • Go ask Alice
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 65, Folder 1: Poster for The Push Pin Graphic No. 52, 1967. In 1967, Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, and James McMullan ...
  • 14 Sep 2010
  • First Look: Louise Fili
    Beth Kleber   Next up in our newly-hatched Design Study Collection: the supremely elegant Louise Fili. Fili’s design studio, Louise Fili Ltd., specializes in logo, ...
  • 09 Sep 2010
  • Turning point
    Zachary Sachs   George Tscherny Collection. Poster for the 1968 Milan Triennale. More from George Tscherny: his design on the poster for the U.S. exhibition at the ...
  • 03 Sep 2010
  • A new Penney
    Zachary Sachs   George Tscherny Collection: MG2009.8 D9 P39M. JCPenney. Direction 70 (poster), 30 × 46, 1979. George Tscherny was one of the heraldic “here comes ...
  • 31 Aug 2010
  • Use your head
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection. Poster illustrated by Phil Hays and designed by Ivan Chermayeff, 1960s. In 1956, The Cartoonists & Illustrators ...
  • 27 Aug 2010
  • Brown bag
    Zachary Sachs   Promotional mailer for Irving Werbin, 1957. (Actual) brown paper bag. Tony Palladino once said this promotion for a packaging designer was one of his ...
  • 25 Aug 2010
  • Color is for anything you want
    Beth Kleber   Tony Palladino Collection, Box 19: Color poem book for Collier Engraving, 1967. This deceptively casual promotional piece typifies the whimsy and ...
  • 19 Aug 2010
  • Keep it like a secret
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Book Jacket, 1961. In 1961, Ivan Chermayeff designed and illustrated Sandol Stoddard Warburg’s Keep it like a ...
  • 16 Aug 2010
  • First Look: The Design of Dissent
    Zachary Sachs   Patrick Thomas: NO War (New Year’s Greeting). Two cardboard stencils, with original spray paint, 2002. In 2005, the School of Visual Arts hosted an ...
  • 12 Aug 2010
  • Concrete Poetry
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 112 Folder 24. Push Pin Graphic No. 11, December 1957. This piece comes from a personal favorite issue of the Push Pin ...
  • 09 Aug 2010
  • PictureBox Alert
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection: Box 5 Folder 4. Charles Manson portrait for Rolling Stone. In addition to our posts to the new Container List outpost at Dan ...
  • 06 Aug 2010
  • Serial production
    Zachary Sachs   From the Heinz Edelmann Collection. Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus production of Cabaret, ca. mid-1980s. For large patches of his later career Heinz ...
  • 04 Aug 2010
  • Archives 101
    Beth Kleber   Working in a design archives offers a special opportunity to see most everything that has come from a single designer: not just the big hits, but the ...
  • 30 Jul 2010
  • Allan Kaprow’s Words
    Zachary Sachs   Allan Kaprow’s Words: about Allan Kaprow, by Rose Moose. New York: Smolin Gallery, 1962. Last week, another lovely artifact appeared in the archive ...
  • 28 Jul 2010
  • Presenting… The James McMullan Collection
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection: Box 5 Folder 4. Original art for Stone Cold Steve Austin portrait, Rolling Stone, 1998. We recently finished organizing and ...
  • 21 Jul 2010
  • Music box
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 19, Folder 4, Gramavision CD packaging, 1989. The longbox has gone the way of the cassette tape, but from the ...
  • 16 Jul 2010
  • Milton Glaser’s geometries
    Zachary Sachs   Visual Arts Gallery. Sculpture Architecture, Architecture Sculpture. February–March 1967. (Larger) Milton Glaser is closely associated with a visual ...
  • 14 Jul 2010
  • First Look: Stefan Sagmeister
    Beth Kleber   The Glaser Archives is launching our Design Study Collection, which will highlight sample collections from some of the most important designers and ...
  • 08 Jul 2010
  • McMullan for Caprolan
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection, Box 1 Folder 7: Caprolan Nylon advertisement, 1966. James McMullan designed and illustrated this piece for Caprolan nylon ...
  • 02 Jul 2010
  • C&G for Masterpiece Theatre
    Zachary Sachs   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Drawer 7, Folder 2. Mobil Masterpiece Theatre. Danger: UXB. (3). 46 × 30 in. 1979 Masterpiece Theatre was the ...
  • 28 Jun 2010
  • Robert Weaver at SVA
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection: Poster for Robert Weaver: Retrospective 1956-1977. In 1984, Marshall Arisman, chair of the newly inaugurated SVA MFA ...
  • 23 Jun 2010
  • In the balance
    Zachary Sachs   WDR. Die Ausgewogenheit (3): Die Scharfe, Aber Erlaubte Kritik [The Balance: The Pointed, But Allowed, Critique]. n.d. In the 1970s and 1980s Heinz ...
  • 15 Jun 2010
  • How does one become an Emigre?
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection: Box 29 Folder 11. Symbol for Emigre #10 from Emigre Brochure, 1988. In the early-mid 1980s, Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko ...
  • 14 Jun 2010
  • Ring leaders
    Zachary Sachs   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 22, Folder 3. Interactive Data Corporation. If Chermayeff & Geismar could be said to have one particular ...
  • 07 Jun 2010
  • Borges by McMullan
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection: Original art for Six Problems for Don Isidro Parodi. James McMullan has created many memorable book jackets but my favorites ...
  • 04 Jun 2010
  • Subscribe to Push Pin Graphic
    Zachary Sachs   Detail from an advertisement in Print, May/June 1979. The thing that fascinates me most about Push Pin Graphic is how unpredictable they manage to be all ...
  • 01 Jun 2010
  • Josef Presser and Bob Gill
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection: SVA Exhibitions: Josef Presser: Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings, late 1950s. Expressionist artist (and former SVA ...
  • 28 May 2010
  • From Rome to Rio
    Zachary Sachs   George Tscherny Collection: MG2008.3 Box A George Tscherny completed a bogglingly wide range of work standardizing the graphics for Pan Am in the early ...
  • 25 May 2010
  • Pepsi Generation
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Pepsi-Cola World, February 1960. Soon after Robert Brownjohn, Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar formed their design ...
  • 21 May 2010
  • The new graphic art, 1959
    Zachary Sachs   Detail from the slipcase for die neue Graphik (Schwitter AG/Hastings House, 1959) edited by Karl Gerstner and Markus Kutter Another of the books recently ...
  • 18 May 2010
  • Run Joey Run
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection: Big Tree Records, Run Joey Run, 1975. Though I suspect the overlap between readers of this blog and viewers of the tv show Glee ...
  • 14 May 2010
  • 107 graphic designers
    Zachary Sachs   Ivan Chermayeff, from 107 graphistes de l’AGI / 107 graphic designers of AGI presented by Olivetti and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts This photo ...
  • 05 May 2010
  • Esquire’s Gift Catalog
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection: Esquire’s Christmas Gift Catalog, n.d. This piece was designed by Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser and illustrated by ...
  • 02 May 2010
  • Performance Spaces
    Zachary Sachs   School of Visual Arts Archives, RG 9.4 Student Galleries. Exhibition 726. Exhibition announcement for the SVA Gallery’s “Performance ...
  • 23 Apr 2010
  • The Sound of…
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection Box 108, Columbia Records: Jazz Odyssey Vol. II: The Sound of Chicago, 1964. Milton Glaser has always understood how to express ...
  • 20 Apr 2010
  • A stricter side of Palladino
    Zachary Sachs   Tony Palladino Collection: Box 13, Folder 5. Conrail Identity. ca. 1976. Tony Palladino worked for Siegel & Gale in the mid-1970s — one of the ...
  • 13 Apr 2010
  • My ever changing moods
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection: Roche Laboratories brochure for Taractan, 1965. Well before the boom of direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising, and the ...
  • 08 Apr 2010
  • Blechman Palladino for Architectural & Engineering News
    Zachary Sachs   Tony Palladino Collection, Series II: Box 15, Folder 1. Cover of Architectural & Engineering News, November 1960. For a brief period in the 1960s, ...
  • 31 Mar 2010
  • Group W
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection: The New York Times advertising supplement for Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, March 5, 1967 / Fort Wayne by James ...
  • 26 Mar 2010
  • Department of guest objects
    Beth Kleber   Visual Arts Library Picture Collection: Gartenschönheit, April 1922 Thanks are due the SVA Library’s Picture Collection for lending me these ...
  • 23 Mar 2010
  • Henry Wolf on typography
    Zachary Sachs   Henry Wolf Collection, Box 5C. Spread from Esquire, March 1958. In 1958 Henry Wolf, newly appointed art director for Harper’s Bazaar, was tapped by ...
  • 15 Mar 2010
  • Do you see what I see?
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection: The Art of Seeing announcement, 1962. The School of Visual Arts hosted “The Art of Seeing” in 1962 featuring ...
  • 09 Mar 2010
  • Sal Jon Bue
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection: Annual Art Scholarships by Sal Jon Bue, 1959. I recently came across this lovely poster Sal Jon Bue designed for SVA in ...
  • 04 Mar 2010
  • Talk about the Passion
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection: Passion cover, 1970. Milton Glaser and Henry Wolf’s 1970 magazine workshop at SVA produced Passion, meant to ...
  • 25 Feb 2010
  • American-Type Sculpture
    Zachary Sachs   Poster for the exhibition American-Type Sculpture, Part 2, at the Visual Arts Gallery in 1973. As a guest curator at the Visual Arts Gallery, Phyllis ...
  • 16 Feb 2010
  • Outside the box
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection: Milton Glaser for Container Corporation of America. Container Corporation of America’s “Great Ideas of Western ...
  • 09 Feb 2010
  • Missed connections
    Zachary Sachs   Left: Cover of Hot Chip’s One Life Stand (Astralwerks). Right: Poster for The Crucible, by Arthur Miller (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus). Designed by ...
  • 02 Feb 2010
  • The Dual Ladder
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection, Box 40 Folder 11, Xerox booklet, 1960s. For the professional scientist or engineer [the] demands of new ideas and ...
  • 20 Jan 2010
  • The glasses on the cover don’t exist
    Beth Kleber   SVA Collection: The glasses on the cover don’t exist. And yet… Cover and first page, 1966. Henry Wolf conducted several magazine seminars at ...
  • 14 Jan 2010
  • AIGA presents the symbol for the 1968 Summer Olympics
    Zachary Sachs   Rummaging through some old SVA publications, we came across this invitation for an unveiling of the XIX Olympiad graphics, featuring Lance Wyman’s ...
  • 07 Jan 2010
  • Bob Gill
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Collection, Bob Gill self-promotional pamphlet, c. 1959. Designer and illustrator Bob Gill was one of the earliest faculty members ...
  • 22 Dec 2009
  • Candies by Seymour Chwast
    Zachary Sachs   In the early 1970s, Push Pin Studios produced a line of candies under the name “Pushpinoff Sweets.” Seymour Chwast art directed the packaging, ...
  • 17 Dec 2009
  • Early LeWitt
    Beth Kleber   School of Visual Arts Exhibitions no. 1269: Sketch for Groups exhibition poster, November 11 – December 3, 1969. Following the 1966 landmark ...
  • 11 Dec 2009
  • Paper for packaging
    Zachary Sachs   Ten years before the rise of the supermarket generic brand, Champion Papers produced these colorful packaging designs for a series of print ...
  • 01 Dec 2009
  • Identity Programs by Noel Martin
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection: Identity Programs by Noel Martin – identity for Xomox Corporation, manufacturers of valves, actuators and surgical implants ...
  • 20 Nov 2009
  • Flashpoints and flash cards
    Zachary Sachs   The AIGA Journal for December 1969 (one of the many such publications and annuals in the Henry Wolf Collection) featured the association’s annual ...
  • 16 Nov 2009
  • C&G for Howard Wise Gallery
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection Box 48 Folder 14: Milton Resnick exhibition at Howard Wise Gallery. Chermayeff & Geismar designed a series of ...
  • 10 Nov 2009
  • The Mead Library of Ideas
    Zachary Sachs   Tony Palladino Collection: Drawer 9, Folder 8. Poster for exhibition Poster USA 1960-1970. The Mead Library of Ideas, a gallery maintained by the Mead ...
  • 03 Nov 2009
  • Illustrator Jerome Martin
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection: All the King’s Men cover by Jerome Martin (Time Reading Program), 1963. Steven Heller recently gave us 82 books from the ...
  • 29 Oct 2009
  • Heinz Edelmann for Klett-Cotta
    Zachary Sachs   Heinz Edelmann Collection: Box 17, Item 116 (two panels). Exhibition announcement, 1993. Heinz Edelmann’s career was defined by long-term client ...
  • 21 Oct 2009
  • Colorvision!
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection, Box 93 Folder 27: Colorvision for Phoenix Clothes and Hanover Hall, 1963. In what essentially looks like a lost issue of the ...
  • 07 Oct 2009
  • First Look, part 3: George Tscherny
    Beth Kleber   George Tscherny Collection: Get to the point! poster for W.R. Grace & Co., 1982. We’re continuing to receive great stuff from George Tscherny, ...
  • 02 Oct 2009
  • Chermayeff and Geismar’s letterhead on Silver Lining
    Zachary Sachs   Box 1A, Folder 34: Brownjohn, Robert, Chermayeff & Geismar. Letterhead, business cards, envelopes. ca. late-1950s One of our favorite design ephemera ...
  • 29 Sep 2009
  • First Look: James McMullan
    Beth Kleber   James McMullan Collection: art for Borges book covers for E.P. Dutton, 1960s-1970s. This summer we received a great donation from illustrator, poster ...
  • 24 Sep 2009
  • Chermayeff & Geismar for Pan Am
    Zachary Sachs   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Drawer 9, Folder 15. In 1971, Chermayeff & Geismar designed these posters for Pan Am, which are now featured in ...
  • 18 Sep 2009
  • Another pitch from Palladino
    Zachary Sachs   Tony Palladino Collection: Box 10, Folder 20 About a decade before Tony devised his ‘guerilla marketing’ self-promotion campaign, the designer ...
  • 16 Sep 2009
  • Chermayeff and Geismar’s System 1
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 16 Folder 13. Dictaphone System 1, 1970. Is it a top secret missile defense system? A world-wide clandestine ...
  • 09 Sep 2009
  • Edelmann’s design on a dime
    Beth Kleber   Heinz Edelmann Collection: Folder 14 Item 93. While preparing for a class visit a couple of weeks ago, I rediscovered these gorgeous posters Heinz ...
  • 03 Sep 2009
  • George Tscherny’s brushwork
    Zachary Sachs   George Tscherny designed this poster for the Cartoonists & Illustrators Art School’s 1956 summer session, which we glean acknowledged the G. I. ...
  • 31 Aug 2009
  • Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection: Box 68 Folder 14. Visual Arts Gallery Announcement: The Private Press, 1966. A retrospective of Milton’s Glaser’s ...
  • 28 Aug 2009
  • Atomic-age publication design
    Zachary Sachs   Henry Wolf Collection: Box 18, Folder 22 In 1962, a consortium of printers celebrated the two-hundreth iteration of their promotional magazine Comment by ...
  • 24 Aug 2009
  • Department of the newly uncovered
    Beth Kleber   SVA Collection RG 15: Exhibitions, 1966 We just stumbled across a long-lost poster for the seminal conceptual art exhibit, Working drawings and other ...
  • 20 Aug 2009
  • High-caliber promotions
    Zachary Sachs   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 24, Folder 11 Knoll is one of the companies, along with Olivetti, Strathmore and Mohawk paper companies, and ...
  • 14 Aug 2009
  • The Pancake King
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection: P 192 In 1971, Phyllis La Farge and Seymour Chwast collaborated on the children’s book The Pancake King, which described ...
  • 07 Aug 2009
  • Twen at the Visual Arts Gallery
    Zachary Sachs   SVA Collection, RG 15 Exhibitions Milton Glaser designed this poster for an exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery in late 1965. Twen, a West German ...
  • 04 Aug 2009
  • Produce as land mass
    Beth Kleber   We recently received a wonderful donation from James McMullan, and while I was looking for a few things to feature in a sneak peek, I came across this ...
  • 28 Jul 2009
  • Toys of the 1940s
    Zachary Sachs   The Henry Wolf Collection: Box 1, Folder 41 Henry Wolf art directed and photographed “Toys of a Decade” for the October 1960 Esquire. The ...
  • 23 Jul 2009
  • Saying good-bye to Heinz Edelmann
    Beth Kleber   Esteemed designer and illustrator Heinz Edelmann passed away on Tuesday. I had the great pleasure of getting to know him a little bit while coordinating ...
  • 20 Jul 2009
  • Inside the Big Apple
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection: Box 3, Folder 12 One of the main attractions of the archive as a research tool is as a document of artistic process. (The effect ...
  • 15 Jul 2009
  • SVA Continuing Education courses in the ’60s
    Beth Kleber   SVA Collection: RG 5.2 Continuing Education, course announcements During the 1960s, SVA published a series of course announcements advertising the ...
  • 10 Jul 2009
  • Seymour Chwast for McDonald’s
    Zachary Sachs   Seymour Chwast Collection: Box 4, Item 28 (burger not included) In 1979, McDonald’s hired Seymour Chwast to contribute one version of the packaging ...
  • 07 Jul 2009
  • Glaser for RCA Computers
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection: Drawer 20, Folder 10 In 1970, Milton Glaser did a series of three posters for RCA’s Computer Division entitled Memory ...
  • 26 Jun 2009
  • The Push Pin corporate identity
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection: Drawer 20, Folders 10. Seymour Chwast, logo label for Push Pin; on the reverse of item P16 in his recent donation to the ...
  • 22 Jun 2009
  • Script pattern by Ivan Chermayeff
    Zachary Sachs   Ivan Chermayeff designed this poster for AIGA’s “Color” exhibition in 1974, which collected work by artists, photographers and designers. ...
  • 17 Jun 2009
  • Sol LeWitt’s conceptual graphics
    Zachary Sachs   Sol Lewitt, detail from All Combinations of Arcs from Four Corners, Arcs from Four Sides, Straight Lines, Not-Straight Lines and Broken Lines In March ...
  • 11 Jun 2009
  • Lincoln Center book cover
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection, Box 44, Folder 3. Lincoln Center’s groundbreaking ceremony took place in on May 14, 1959, so this book cover ...
  • 04 Jun 2009
  • Pan Am modular displays
    Zachary Sachs   George Tscherny designed this installation for Pan American Airways in 1972, designed to be sent to travel agencies to promote the airline’s vacation ...
  • 01 Jun 2009
  • Dada, explained
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection, Box 112 Folder 24. Push Pin Graphic, undated. Here’s an ironic instructional piece from early Push Pin Studios member ...
  • 26 May 2009
  • Guerrilla marketing
    Beth Kleber   Tony Palladino Collection, Box 10, Folder 21. In 1971, Tony Palladino sent out this note to a selected but wide group of media contacts to solicit work. ...
  • 19 May 2009
  • Portrait of a gallery
    Beth Kleber   Click here for a complete view of the two years the SVA Tribeca Gallery was open. Student exhibitors at the gallery included included Keith Haring, Amy ...
  • 14 May 2009
  • The Composing Room type specimens
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection: Posters: The Composing Room typography specimens The Composing Room, founded in 1927 by Sol Cantor and Dr. Robert Leslie in New ...
  • 11 May 2009
  • What good design was
    Zachary Sachs   Tube Floor Lamp, 1968. Tony Palladino (American, born 1930) and John Mascheroni (American, born 1932). Polished aluminum, h. 50” (127 cm). ...
  • 07 May 2009
  • The object transformed
    Zachary Sachs   Tony Palladino Collection, Series 3: Slides Tony Palladino contributed this sign — a found object — to the 1966 Museum of Modern Art ...
  • 05 May 2009
  • Mom always said…
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection: Posters. The best translation I can come up with is “Only so!” which could be completely wrong. In any case, surely ...
  • 01 May 2009
  • Interiors magazine
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection: Interiors November 1953: Cover by Aldo Giurgola. From the Steven Heller Collection come these lovely covers for Interiors, the ...
  • 28 Apr 2009
  • Alan Fletcher’s “Feedback”
    Zachary Sachs   The Henry Wolf Collection, Box 15. Pentagram’s Feedback 1976, More Feedback 1979, Another Feedback 1986, and Feedback 1992 and 1996. Starting in ...
  • 21 Apr 2009
  • Inside Dylan’s brain
    Zachary Sachs   In a graphic for the May 2008 issue of Vanity Fair, Andrew Nimmo and Beth Bartholomew tabulated the topics of Bob Dylan’s XM Radio Show, Theme Time ...
  • 14 Apr 2009
  • First Look: Seymour Chwast Collection
    Beth Kleber   Seymour Chwast Collection: Posters. We recently received a wonderful donation from illustrator and designer Seymour Chwast. He was a founding partner of ...
  • 07 Apr 2009
  • Tony Palladino’s Guide to Life
    Beth Kleber   Tony Palladino Collection: Box 9, Folder 21. Here’s a 1957 poster by Tony Palladino. Substitute ’09 for ’57 and it still works. Click ...
  • 03 Apr 2009
  • P22 Type Foundry, Toy Box extras
    Zachary Sachs   Steven Heller Collection, source materials for Letterforms, which he wrote with Christine Thompson The P22 Type Foundry, based in Buffalo, New York, ...
  • 31 Mar 2009
  • The furniture people of Stanley VanDerBeek
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection: Box 112, Folder 24, Push Pin Graphic (undated) Stan VanDerBeek (1927-1984) was best known as an experimental filmmaker (see some ...
  • 27 Mar 2009
  • Chasing skirt
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection: Box 48, Folder 13 Milton Glaser worked on many book jackets for Philip Roth (both with Penguin and Houghton Mifflin), including ...
  • 25 Mar 2009
  • Wonder Magazine, 1962
    Beth Kleber   SVA RG 14.9.1 Media Arts — Wonder magazine, 1962. Wonder was the product of Henry Wolf’s class, Making a Magazine, at the School of Visual ...
  • 23 Mar 2009
  • Jack Roberts birth announcement, 1950
    Zachary Sachs   Henry Wolf Collection, Series 7: Correspondence Holiday greetings and personal announcements have long given rise to inventive side projects for graphic ...
  • 17 Mar 2009
  • Opera News
    Beth Kleber   Turandot, March 22, 1969. Die Zauberflöte, January 17, 1970. Aida, February 12, 1966. La Fanciulla Del West, January 8, 1966.
  • 12 Mar 2009
  • Burgers for breakfast
    Zachary Sachs   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 2A, Folder 26 and Box 25, Folder 5 Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar designed the logo and packaging for ...
  • 10 Mar 2009
  • Like a record
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection, Box 44, Folder 5 — Norlin Annual Report 1974. From the Chermayeff & Geismar Collection comes this Norlin ...
  • 06 Mar 2009
  • The SVA Tribeca gallery, 1980
    Zachary Sachs   Randy Black, installation at the School of Visual Arts Tribeca Gallery. 6 February-1 March, 1980. The artist statement identified this work as a ...
  • 03 Mar 2009
  • First look, part 2: George Tscherny
    Beth Kleber   In 1973, George Tscherny redesigned Grace’s corporate signature and proceeded to implement a company-wide graphics program seen in the portfolio in ...
  • 27 Feb 2009
  • Galeonen Bar, Hamburg
    Zachary Sachs   Milton Glaser Collection, Series 2: Box 106, Folder 9 In March 1973, the Hamburger Abendblatt covered the opening of the lavish Hamburg Plaza hotel. They ...
  • 23 Feb 2009
  • If we’re so good, why aren’t we better?
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 44, Folder 6. The Productivity Game was a give-away from a ca. 1973 Smithsonian exhibition on American ...
  • 20 Feb 2009
  • The Maxell blow-away guy
    Zachary Sachs   Ed McCabe Collection, Series II: Box 2, Folder 8. The copy for the beloved Maxell “blow-away guy” ad (ca. 1979) was composed by Ed ...
  • 13 Feb 2009
  • Kodak slide box, 1963
    Zachary Sachs   From the Henry Wolf donation, not archived In the 1960s Kodak returned developed Kodachrome in these slide boxes. It’s an elegant packaging system, ...
  • 10 Feb 2009
  • How do you Prang?
    Beth Kleber   Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 13, Folder 13 — Crafton Graphic Company, Inc. Prang 1969. Though the Prang served a variety of functions ...
  • 04 Feb 2009
  • First look: Heinz Edelmann Collection
    Beth Kleber   Direct from Stuttgart, we’ve received 151 posters and 9 books from the truly delightful Heinz Edelmann. Edelmann is best known as the influential art ...
  • 29 Jan 2009
  • Madison Avenue in the 1960s
    Zachary Sachs   Henry Wolf Collection, Series 6: Box 19, Folder 6. A delightfully complete account of the working equipment you would find any media director appointed ...
  • 29 Jan 2009
  • For the love of Pee-Wee
    Beth Kleber   Steven Heller Collection: Posters and Prints Here’s a 1981 print from highly influential graphic artist (and longtime SVA instructor) Gary Panter ...
  • 16 Jan 2009
  • Inspiration: XTC and Milton Glaser
    Beth Kleber   Milton Glaser Collection: Drawer 11, Folder 26 XTC’s Andy Partridge readily admits to using Milton Glaser’s 1966 poster for radio station WOR ...
  • 16 Jan 2009
  • Ivan Chermayeff’s glove collection
    Zachary Sachs   From Eye 54, a small feature on Ivan Chermayeff’s collection of abandoned gloves. They also link to another post featuring some whimsical collages by ...
  • 16 Jan 2009
  • First look: George Tscherny Collection
    Zachary Sachs   From “The Disarmingly Simple Design of George Tscherny,” by Steven Heller (reproduced on Tscherny’s AIGA medalist page): During the ...
  • 15 Jan 2009
  • Vignelli charts design changes: 60s–80s
    Zachary Sachs   Massimo Vignelli, from Alliance Graphique Internationale Los Angeles No. 12, 20/août 1985. (From somewhere in the Henry Wolf Collection.) It surprises no ...
  • 15 Jan 2009
  • Erasermate: Put it down and take it back
    Zachary Sachs   Henry Wolf Collection, Series 2: Box 5B, Folder 28. Wolf shot the photograph for this ca. 1980s Papermate ad, which was originally a full magazine spread. ...
  • 03 Oct 2008
  • Tony Palladino lecture
    Zachary Sachs   In celebration of Tony Palladino’s gift to the Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives at SVA, the longtime faculty member spoke about his work and ...