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November 21, 2011

Back in business

The Glaser/SVA Archives staff of two is pleased to announced that our renovation is complete! We have even more room now for researchers and class visits, so drop us a line if you’d like stop by. Most importantly, our collections are back from storage so we’ll return to featuring great stuff from the designers and illustrators in the Archives on Container List.

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July 26, 2011

This won’t hurt a bit

The Archives will be closing to visitors this week in order to prepare for our extreme makeover. When our renovated space re-opens in early September we’ll have much more storage and visitor space. Stay tuned for news of discoveries of pirate treasure maps in the walls, dinosaur bones under the floorboards, and paleolithic cave paintings behind the flat files. Email inquiries are still welcome during the renovation period; our collections will be in storage but we’ll do our best to help.

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May 24, 2011

Stop the presses

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February 11, 2011

Love letter to NY

The piece will be available for free for the next six days at the BBC web site.

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December 21, 2010

Medium rare

Glaser’s fascination with exploded diagrams (this poster for Olivetti, among other things) is applied here to a matter very dear to me: the hamburger. Actually this brings me back to the Sack ‘n’ Save in the suburbs of Dallas, which was the preferred purveyor of hamburger ingredients when I was a child, perhaps because a similar idea was rendered in giant ’70s-oversaturated photographs printed ten feet tall along the hot magenta wall above the butcher section. The illustration above appeared on the second long-player by Philly psych rockers Mandrake Memorial, titled Medium — now a rare find in the bins. Glaser’s influence on the graphic legacy of the hamburger can also be seen on this cover for Time magazine.

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December 02, 2010

Milton on Milton

It’s always a pleasure to hear Milton Glaser talk about his work, so here for your viewing delight is a short video of Glaser discussing some of the pieces that appeared in last year’s exhibition, Milton Glaser’s SVA: A Legacy of Graphic Design.

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November 19, 2010

It’s friday …

(Click through for a bigger version of this poster, by Milton Glaser.)

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June 01, 2009

Dada, explained

Here’s an ironic instructional piece from early Push Pin Studios member John Alcorn. A highly accomplished designer and illustrator, Alcorn also designed the opening titles for several Fellini films. Click here for the full image.

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March 27, 2009

Chasing skirt

Flying after apparently-unoccupied parachute-like skirts at full sprint is a kind of perversion I guess.

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January 16, 2009

Inspiration: XTC and Milton Glaser

XTC’s Andy Partridge readily admits to using Milton Glaser’s 1966 poster for radio station WOR as the inspiration for the cover art for XTC’s 1989 album Oranges and Lemons. He has also professed his love of the work of Yellow Submarine art director and designer Heinz Edelmann, who is also a new addition to the archives — sneak peek to come!

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