Verbus and the Big Idea

Verbus and the Big Idea

VERBUS AND THE BIG IDEA In 1962, Allan Fleming and George Lois engaged typography as conceptual art Allan Fleming (1929-1977) wielded the modernist axe to great effect, clearing space, paring elements to a minimum, cutting down on variables. In his November...
Help me get my feet back on the ground

Help me get my feet back on the ground

  HELP ME GET MY FEET BACK ON THE GROUND In which Karey Shinn rescues a group of abandoned dolls and recreates a famous album cover. Three or four years ago, at the start of the pandemic, Karey entered her Doll period. She has always made clothes, from...
From Slums to Treasure

From Slums to Treasure

Left: Photocopied report for the Cross Streets Housing Action Group, 1975. I drew the illustration after the style of Daily Express cartoonist Giles, added some Letraset Helvetica, and with no budget for Eurostile type, designed and drew the logo, rather badly. Right:...
Giants of Fiction: Spillane and Scott

Giants of Fiction: Spillane and Scott

Mickey Spillane was the best-selling American fiction author of the 20th century, 200 million worldwide. But not good enough for the canon. GIANTS OF FICTION: SPILLANE AND SCOTT The best-selling authors of their day, if not the best I once read a lot of novels. In...
The Staunton Effect

The Staunton Effect

Howard Staunton (left) vs. Pierre de Saint-Amant, Paris, 1843, detail. Alexandre Laemlein, CC0 1.0 THE STAUNTON EFFECT Chess champion and new media journalist Howard Staunton revolutionized the game, promoting the design of the pieces which bear his name. The game of...
Tragedy in the Far North, Retold

Tragedy in the Far North, Retold

Padlei Diary, 1950.  High resolution, tritone reproduction, 2000. TRAGEDY IN THE FAR NORTH, RETOLD How different book publishers, editors and designers have presented Richard Harrington’s photographs of famine, taken in 1950, in the years since. Four books containing...