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Design giant Bradbury Thompson, 1911-1995, is remembered for his ability to construct modernist layouts from classic typefaces and historic illustrations. Advertisements

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jet set

Jet, the weekly magazine for African-Americans since 1951, is set to quit printing, and go all digital. Jet is notable for its role in chronicling the Civil Rights movement from its earliest years: “If it isn’t in Jet, it didn’t happen.” Origionally 15

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a really big shew

I’ve been reading “Always on Sunday” by Michael Harris, about tv host Ed Sullivan. Sullivan broadcast from 1948 to 1971, making his “shew” the longest-running variety show in US broadcast history. Unlike the smooth television personalities of today, part of

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happy birthday, jackie!

August 1 is the birthday of Jackie Ormes, the first African-American woman syndicated cartoonist. She created the comic strip Torchy Brown and the panel comic Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger. In 1947, the Terri Lee doll company produced a doll based on

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happy birthday, cipe!

June 23, 1908 is the birthday of art director Cipe Pineles, who broke gender barriers in the publication world, while working to produce a smarter magazine for the young American woman.

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congratulations, graduates

Did you have a speaker at your graduation? When I graduated SVA I was fortunate to hear Paul Rand, art director and graphic designer. While his early work in page design was the initial source of his reputation, Rand was

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the man who seduced hollywood

Finished the book, “The Man Who Seduced Hollywood” by B. James Gladstone, and really enjoyed it. It’s a biography of Greg Bautzner, a high-powered show-biz attorney during Hollywood’s glamorous era. In 1936, just a year out of USC law school,

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