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 […]

Creating the Most Compelling Cover Concepts

Greg Dool of Foliomag.com interviewed me and Matt Strelecki, creative director at Meredith Agrimedia, about “what goes into covers that build audience relationships and move brands forward.” The resulting story, Creating the Most Compelling Cover Concepts, has a good list of tips for magazine makers and designers who are interested in improving their overall cover […]

Covers of The Rocket and Seattle Sun in the Alt-Weekly Comics Show

The new Alt-Weekly Comics exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in New York City is packed with original artwork, covers, and blow-ups of classic comic strips from the 1970s-00s. The show opened March 6 and runs through May 2, and will be accompanied by a series of programming on April 11-12 at the MoCCA Arts […]

American Illustration Profiles: Monica Ramos

My latest illustrator interview for the American Illustration Profiles series is with Monica Ramos. She’s a smart, young illustrator whose stunningly artful and graceful watercolor paintings have been appearing in publications large and small in the U.S. and Europe, and who recently branched out into fashion design. Monica jokingly says her illustrations are inspired by […]

American Illustration Profiles: Ellen Weinstein

The third in my series of American Illustration Profiles is an interview with illustrator Ellen Weinstein, who says “make something you believe in or no one else will believe in it either.” Ellen is a smart and vibrant illustrator who creates stunningly beautiful paintings and collages. Her illustration work has helped define the look of […]

American Illustration Profiles: Marcos Chin

I’m writing and editing a weekly newsletter for American Illustration-American Photography, called Profiles. It posts every Thursday afternoon and features a Dewar’s Profile-style interview with a series of cool, smart, and interesting illustrators. The first Profile, an interview with Marcos Chin, published on January 29, and features lots of good information on his workspace, influences, […]

The Big Talk: Photography and Illustration Panel Discussion

One of my favorite design projects that I worked on this past year was art directing and producing the American Photography 30 book. In conjunction with that project, I was asked to moderate a panel at The Big Talk, the day-long session of illustration and photography panels on November 5, 2014, organized by American Photography […]

How Football Programs Have Changed—and What It Means

My first story for The Boston Globe Ideas section is about pro football game day programs, and how their design has changed over the years…and what it means. The story takes a look at some vintage Boston Patriots programs from the early 1960s, featuring cover designs and illustrations by Boston Globe sports cartoonist Phil Bissell. […]

Cover Review: Entertainment Weekly

My latest cover review for Folio: The October 17, 2014 issue of Entertainment Weekly, featuring a graphically intense, black and white photograph of Michael Keaton in a preview of the Birdman movie, is one of the coolest and most iconic magazine covers of the past year. Photographer Art Streiber, design director Tim Leong, photography director […]

For the Love of….Entertainment Weekly, September 30 in NYC

The Society of Publication Designers hosted an historic gathering of Entertainment Weekly design directors on September 30 at the SVA Theatre in New York City. All seven of the magazine’s design directors from its 25-year history were present and discussed the visual history of the groundbreaking weekly (I was design director of EW from 1994-96). […]