Paul Wearing’s Illustrations for Stanford Medicine Magazine

Paul Wearing is a UK-based illustrator who creates brilliant, graphic imagery with a mid-century vintage flavor. His work is bright, bold, smart and very stylish. Working with art director Dennis McLeod and design director David Armario, Wearing created a series of memorable illustrations for the Fall 2016 issue of Stanford Medicine magazine. Here’s a selection […]

American Illustration Profiles Interview with Polly Becker

Polly Becker is a Boston-based illustrator and artist who is known for her smart, elegant, and very imaginative assemblages. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in countless magazines and newspapers. In addition to her assemblages, Becker also works in a black and white, pen and ink style, with a strong vintage feel. She says to up-and-coming […]

Covers of The Village Voice Art Directed by Andrew Horton

Over the past year, creative director Andrew Horton has been directing the visual rebirth of The Village Voice, New York City’s dynamic (and legendary) altweekly newspaper. In addition to giving the insides a complete makeover, Horton brought in a brilliant and eclectic batch of illustrators who continued and expanded the paper’s graphic legacy. Under Horton’s […]

Time Out London Covers Art Directed by Mark Neil

Mark Neil is a master of limited-budget weekly magazine design. Over the past few years he has art directed UK-based publications NME and The Big Issue, and now Time Out London, all of them brash, youth-oriented and graphic, with lots of attitude and not too many resources. Neil’s covers have been a constant graphic delight, filled […]

Foliomag Face Up: Time Out New York

I was asked to help critique a recent cover of Time Out New York for the Foliomag Face Up feature. Here’s my commentary: This is one of my favorite magazine covers of this year to date. It does everything a successful cover design should: it’s fun, colorful, engaging, provocative, and spot-on connective with the Time […]

12 Illustrated Covers of Bill Bryson Books by Neil Gower

Neil Gower is a UK-based illustrator and self-described graphic artist who has created magazine and book covers, maps and garden plans, editorial illustrations and much more graphic brilliance. One of Gower’s most memorable projects has been making illustrated covers for new and reissue editions of books by the author Bill Bryson. To date Gower has […]

This Old House Covers of Editor-in-Chief Scott Omelianuk

This dynamic (and very cool) collection of covers spans the almost 12-year tenure of This Old House editor-in-chief Scott Omelianuk, who left the magazine in early April 2016 after an ownership change. Curated by This Old House photography director Denise Sfraga, this gallery features the design and art direction talents of design directors Amy Rosenfeld, […]

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 […]

Buffalo Bills Football Programs, 1961-63

Get ready for the Super Bowl with this vintage collection of Buffalo Bills football programs from the old American Football League. In the old, pre-AFL-NFL merger days, each team had bespoke programs, often illustrated by a local cartoonist or artist, and filled with hometown flavor. Thanks to the Buffalo Sports Museum, we’ve got a collection […]

A Very Merry Black Santa Christmas from Jet Magazine!

Somebody forgot to tell Jet magazine that Santa is white! Long before FOX News declared it a “historical fact” that Santa Claus was a Caucasian man, Jet was running an annual black Santa cover, featuring noted music and comedy celebrities. Here are 10 of our favorites, with cover appearances by Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sherman […]