12 Favorite Time Out New York Covers by Chris Deacon

The news this week is that Time Out New York art director Chris Deacon is leaving the scrappy and brash entertainment weekly to become senior art director at Playboy magazine in Los Angeles. Along with editor in chief Terri White (who recently decamped to become editor of Empire), Deacon revitalized the look of Time Out […]

Art Chantry Speaks: Required Reading for Visual Creatives

“Some graphic designers aren’t even graphic designers. They are SALESMEN who hire designers to create what they sell.” That’s just one of the many right on comments by Art Chantry in his essential new book, Art Chantry Speaks: A Heretic’s History of 20th Century Graphic Design. It’s a brilliant collection of short essays originally published […]

10 Early 1970s Travel & Leisure Covers Art Directed by Frank Zachary

Legendary magazine art director and editor Frank Zachary passed away June 11 at the age of 101. He was best known for his 1950s-early 60s art direction of Holiday magazine, as well as his longtime editorship, beginning in the early 1970s, of Town and Country. From 1971-73 Zachary was the art director of Travel & […]

Mitch Shostak: A Great Life by Design

This is the text of a talk I gave on September 16, 2014 at a memorial service for Mitch Shostak. The memorial was a gathering of Mitch’s many friends and colleagues, at the School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery in Manhattan. Many thanks to Arthur Hochstein and Fred Woodward for advice and inspiration in putting […]

The Accidental Art Director

[Originally published in Print magazine, May 1, 1998] You get into the elevator and press PENTHOUSE, and the elevator takes you to a place where everything is cool. You are—imagine—a budding art director just out of your teens who has won the next best thing to a date with Jewel: an internship at Details, the […]