Underground Newspapers: Helix (Seattle)

Seattle’s first underground newspaper, the Helix, was published bi-weekly (and sometimes weekly) from 1967-70. The paper’s editor and driving force was Paul Dorpat. Much of the visual voice of the paper was created by Walt Crowley, who illustrated many covers and comics. The selection of covers here comes from the Independent Voices collection. They have […]

Comic Book Covers from the Digital Comic Museum

The Digital Comic Museum is an invaluable online resource that features over 15,000 full-issue scans of comic books from the 1940s and 50s. The scans are uploaded by a wide variety of contributors, and although the quality varies, most are clean and true to the originals (i.e., not too much touch-up). There’s a giant array of […]

Underground Newspapers: Berkeley Tribe

The Berkeley Tribe was an underground newspaper published in Berkeley, California from 1969-1972. It was founded by striking staff of the Berkeley Barb, another alternative paper. The Tribe was published weekly, with most copies being sold by vendors on the street. The covers and inside pages were hard-hitting, graphic, and featured provocative illustrations and cartoons. […]

Jock Magazine, 1969-70

Jock was a New York City-oriented sports magazine that published eight issues in 1969 and 1970 before folding. The magazine was run and edited by Mickey Herskowitz. I haven’t been able to track down the name of Jock‘s art director, but from the little I’ve seen of inside pages, the magazine featured bold photographs and […]

The Village Voice: An Art Directors’ History

[On August 31, 2018, The Village Voice announced it was suspending all editorial operations. Although its last print edition was published late last year, The Voice had continued publishing in an online format. A version of this story originally appeared on the Society of Publication Designers website to commemorate the final print issue of The […]

My First Magazine Love: Ramparts

[This interview originally appeared as part of the Society of Publication Designers “First Love,”  series, “where creatives tell SPD the first magazine they fell in love with.”] Robert Newman: Ramparts was the first magazine I ever bought that wasn’t Mad, Creepy, or a comic book. Almost 50 years later, I still have that issue and I still draw on […]

Face Up: Favorite Magazine Covers of 2018 (So Far)

Foliomag.com asked seven magazine art directors for their picks for the best magazine covers of the past six months. Here’s mine: Essence March, 2018 Creative Director: Ronda Thompson Issue Editor: Vanessa DeLucca  My favorite cover this year (at least so far) was the Essence March 2018 split-run newsstand edition in advance of the Black Panther movie (Essence did a […]

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Print magazine cover, 1998

Print magazine recently assembled its complete cover collection (1940-1997) in an online archive. It’s a brilliant gallery of visual inspiration, featuring covers by countless talented illustrators and designers. Many of those covers were art directed by longtime Print art director (over 30 years!) Andrew Kner. I was fortunate enough to be able to design a cover […]

10 Classic Valentine’s Day Magazine Covers

A beautifully-designed Valentine’s Day cover used to be an annual event for many magazines. Today, with the exception of an occasional women’s service mag, Valentine’s Day has almost disappeared from the newsstands. Here’s a collection of 10 favorite Valentine’s Day magazine covers, from 1901-2008. (Above): The New Yorker, February 15, 1993. Illustration: Art Spiegelman, art […]

Covers of The Stranger Art Directed by Tracie Louck

Tracie Louck is art director of The Stranger, which describes itself as “Seattle’s Only Newspaper.” Formerly published weekly, in late September The Stranger shifted to a biweekly schedule. Louck has been at The Stranger since June 2016; she previously was art director of another altweekly, Dallas Observer. The Stranger has a long history of graphic […]