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November 03, 2013

Illustrator Jerome Martin

While going through the books myself, I was particularly taken with the three covers done by an illustrator I’d never heard of, Jerome Martin.

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September 29, 2013

First Look: James McMullan

This summer we received a great donation from illustrator, poster designer and long-time SVA faculty member James McMullan.

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July 28, 2013

Presenting… The James McMullan Collection

We recently finished organizing and describing the James McMullan Collection, which was donated by the acclaimed illustrator and designer last year.

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May 17, 2013

Dusty and the Duke

Milton Glaser illustrates the stark contrast between two film stars of 1969 — Dustin Hoffman and John Wayne.

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March 23, 2013

Jack Roberts birth announcement, 1950

A birth announcement illustrated by Jack Roberts (for his daughter), archived in Henry Wolf’s correspondence.

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February 25, 2013

The surrealistic book covers of Heinz Edelmann

Heinz Edelmann’s book covers for Klett-Cotta.

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January 05, 2013

The White Album

James McMullan’s expressive illustrations add layers to Joan Didion’s novelistic essays.

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May 18, 2012

Chwast does cigs

Another obscure, undated bit of imagery from the Pushpin slide library. Seymour Chwast’s contribution to the legacy of Roth-Händle cigarettes, probably for Frankfurter Allgemein Zeitung. He’s in good company: Robert Motherwell did a collage of the same, and, more pertinent certainly, many famous posters for the brand were designed by the great early twentieth-century designer Herbert Leupin. Note: despite the preponderance of smoking-related imagery we’ve been posting lately, Container List does not condone the practice, which doesn’t make you look cool unless you’re already Humphrey Bogart. Kids, it’s just NOT archival.

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June 10, 2011

Seymour Chwast keeps it cool

Here in New York we’re struggling through a heatwave. Perhaps a good course of action for those lucky enough to reside in air-conditioned high-rise Soho lofts is to keep it cool by lounging about with bright furniture, like the sporty cat in this illustration by Seymour Chwast (undated, but probably for the Frankfurter Allgemein Zeitung).

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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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September 18, 2009

Another pitch from Palladino

About a decade before Tony devised his ‘guerilla marketing’ self-promotion campaign, the designer took a similarly witty but somewhat more traditional approach. Four versions of this card were printed, each in three colors on heavy stock, and sent to publishers without any additional pitch. Set simply with his address and isolating a single area of specialization, they relied on a single strong image to convey their point.

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August 14, 2009

The Pancake King

In 1971, Phyllis La Farge and Seymour Chwast collaborated on the children’s book The Pancake King, which described the rapid ascent of a young master of the griddle pan. It spoke of the joy of breakfast, the perils of fame, the importance of family and of maple syrup. More spreads from The Pancake King are viewable on Flickr (thanks to Norman Hathaway), and show Chwast’s dexterous use of scale and bleed between spreads, and tidily-set Bodoni. The book was included in AIGA’s Fifty Books of the Year.

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July 10, 2009

Seymour Chwast for McDonald’s

In 1979, McDonald’s hired Seymour Chwast to contribute one version of the packaging for the introduction of their new product, the Happy Meal. The promotion cost one dollar, and comprised a hamburger or cheeseburger, twelve-ounce soft drink, a small order of french fries, and a McDonaldland Cookie Sampler (not pictured). Along with their comestibles, the first customers could look forward to discovering either a McDoodler stencil, puzzle book, a McWrist wallet, an ID bracelet or McDonaldland character erasers.

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