Working at The Village Voice

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Working at The Village Voice

[The publication of the last print edition of The Village Voice in September 2017 prompted this nostalgic look back at my experience working at the legendary weekly New York City newspaper. I served three stints at The Voice—as associate art director, 1986-88, art director, 1990, and design director, 1991-94.] For as long as I can […]

Graphic Design by Jesse Marinoff Reyes

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Graphic Design by Jesse Marinoff Reyes

Here are four publication layouts featuring the magic design and artwork of Jesse Marinoff Reyes. The Rock & Roll Quarterly cover was created in the early 1990s when I was design director at The Village Voice. The issue’s main feature was about Mexican rock bands, and we came up with the idea to make the […]

The Village Voice’s Rock & Roll Quarterly

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The Village Voice’s Rock & Roll Quarterly

Rock & Roll Quarterly was a music supplement published by The Village Voice for six years in the late 80s and early 90s. The format was designed by Voice design director Michael Grossman, and issues were art directed by Robert Newman and Florian Bachleda. It featured outstanding illustrations and comix by folks like Gary Panter, […]

The Village Voice: Apocalypse ’92

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The Village Voice: Apocalypse ’92

The L.A. Rebellion/Riot Cover That Could Have Been: I was working as design director at The Village Voice during the time of the L.A. Rebellion (or riots, depending on your point of view) in 1992. The editors began working on an intense package of coverage and analysis before the weekend, and I was told to […]

The Burgo Calendar: 20 Years of Illustration Brilliance

Posted By on Jun 18, 2017 in Newmanology, Press | No Comments
The Burgo Calendar: 20 Years of Illustration Brilliance

[This essay was written as the introduction to Collezione Burgo 1997/2017, a 20-year retrospective of the artwork and illustrations created for the Burgo Group’s annual calendar. The Italian-based Burgo Group is a paper production company that has been commissioning illustrators for the past 20 years to create images for their calendar with the theme of […]

SPD Student Portfolio Review

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SPD Student Portfolio Review

On Thursday, June 15, I’ll be participating in the Society of Publication Designers Summer 2017 Student Portfolio Review. A group of magazine professionals will be offering advice and critiques to student work, both print and digital, at the Inc. magazine HQ in New York City.

George Pitts, 1951-2017

Posted By on Apr 10, 2017 in Newmanology | No Comments
George Pitts, 1951-2017

This was a memory that I shared at the memorial service for noted photography editor/photographer/poet/artist/teacher George Pitts, on April 2 at the Parsons New School in New York City. I was one of 17 people, plus George’s wife Jan, who gave powerful remembrances of this inspiring man. You can see the complete service—almost three hours of […]

Play Ball!! Baseball Digest Covers from the 1940s-50s

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Play Ball!! Baseball Digest Covers from the 1940s-50s

Since the 1940s Baseball Digest has chronicled the deep details of Major League Baseball. These vintage covers from the 1940s and 50s are from the era when baseball was still king in American sports. We’re celebrating the opening of the 2017 season with 10 of our favorite Baseball Digest covers from those years. (Above): October […]

10 Great Baseball Magazine Covers

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10 Great Baseball Magazine Covers

Major League Baseball’s opening day this year was April 3. We’ve dug deep into our archives to present 10 of our favorite baseball magazine covers to celebrate the start of the season. Thanks to Linda Rubes for co-producing this story. (Above): Time, August 28, 1971, illustration by Bob Peak. Left-handed Oakland Athletics pitcher Vida Blue […]

Vintage Chicago Cubs Programs Designed by Otis Shepard

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Vintage Chicago Cubs Programs Designed by Otis Shepard

We’re celebrating baseball Opening Day here at Newmanology by displaying some amazing vintage Cubs baseball scorecards, from the 1940s-60s. The covers were designed and illustrated by Otis Shepard, who is well-known for the advertising posters and billboards he created as the longtime art director of Wrigley’s Gum (the Cubs were owned at the time by […]