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Begin at the Very Beginning

As our sons begin to think about college and careers, we thought this would be an opportunity to provide some advice to all recent graduates, in particular design grads. This is the time for them to ask themselves some difficult questions, the answers to which quite possibly could change the direction of their lives. At the same time this advice may be valuable to potential employers and their clients.

Graduates, like a key fitting a lock that opens a specific door, your answers to these questions will tell potential employers why they should hire you. Remember, in the beginning you are an unknown and inexperienced commodity. Even your good grades and competent portfolio only represent a student working for teachers, not an employee working for clientsContinue


Doing it Right for the Right Reasons

Harri Boller died this summer. He was as generous a person as he was a talented designer. We worked together at Unimark International in the early seventies, and decades later, we were the older dads waving to each other as we dropped our kids off at Near North Montessori school. What made Harri a special friend, husband, father and designer was that he wasn’t “special” in the ways we have come to identify stars… Read more.


Imagination as Art… Paul

Art Paul has long been recognized as one of magazine publishing’s most innovative and ground–breaking art directors. He created and applied Playboy magazine’s visual persona from its first day until he retired from the publication 29 years later in ‘82. What is not as well known is Art’s exciting and prolific personal artwork. His Inner Faces series represents a telling glance beneath… Read more or view the filmlet.


Parents, Change Thyself

In Dr. Kevin Leman’s book Have a New Kid by Friday: How to Change Your Child’s Attitude, Behavior & Character in 5 Days, he insists that the only way to correct bad behavior in children is to change your reactions to their behavior. Anyone who has dealt with a strong–willed child knows that it is no easy task to turn bad behavior around. Bestselling author and…
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A Person of Independent Passion

Greg Samata is the Frank Sinatra of design. He has never been defined by other people’s categories. In June, the Society of Typographic Arts hosted a conversation with A. Gregory Samata, faciliated by our own Joseph Michael Essex. The evening’s dialogue shed light on what inspires and motivates this independent and innovative thinker. Greg’s design…

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