Milton Glaser

The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: James Baldwin’s Poetry, Remembering Maggie Estep

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the Internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This edition includes a tribute to the late writer Maggie Estep, poetry by James Baldwin, and much more. … Read More

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The 35 Best Magazine Covers Without Celebrities

The New York Times recently reported that movie stars aren’t selling magazines anymore. The article describes how covers featuring pop stars like Lady Gaga sell more issues than covers with famous actresses, but magazines with Taylor Swift have a terrible track record of sales. It’s hard to pinpoint what’s responsible for the shift, but it could be that magazines in general aren’t selling like they used to. But this could also be a case for better design in magazines — it’s very easy to just slap a celebrity on a magazine cover and assume the issue will sell, but some of the most iconic covers didn’t need a famous face to get attention. We’ve collected some of our favorite magazine covers that didn’t feature celebrities, all testaments to the power of great design. … Read More

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A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Famous Authors, Artists and Visionaries

It’s no secret that we at Flavorpill are fascinated by the marginalia of our favorite artists’ lives — we swoon over their doodles, dig through their sketchbooks, and posthumously ogle their beach photos. Recently, aided by one of our favorite Tumblr destinations for literary ephemera, Fuck Yeah, Manuscripts!, we’ve indulged in a little more snooping, and put together this collection of a few of the notebooks, journals and diaries of some of our favorite creative minds — authors, artists, actors, musicians, scientists — so as to better get to know their inner selves. Click through to page through the notebooks of a few famous creatives, and let us know which one looks the most like your own in the comments. … Read More

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Wanted: AIGA/NY 30th Anniversary Posters

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), an important organization devoted to improving the lives of designers nationwide. UnBeige just tipped us off to a fantastic, limited-edition series of posters created by industry stars like Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, and Ivan Chermayeff in honor of the milestone that are available for purchase on Etsy with all proceeds to benefit AIGA/NY. We’ve curated a slideshow of our favorites after the jump, from Debbie Millman’s text painting featuring the names of 30 years’ worth of board members to a delicious looking slice of New York pepperoni pizza from Ken Carbone to a minimalist pink number by Paula Scher. Enjoy! … Read More

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Children’s Books Illustrated by Famous Designers

This month, fifty years after its first printing, legendary designer Saul Bass’s one and only children’s book is being reprinted by Rizzoli. The book is gorgeous, just what you’d expect from one of the greatest graphic designers of all time, and it got us to thinking about other children’s books illustrated by famous designers who are more noted for their other work. After all, it seems to us that if you have that kind of skill with pictures and words, you might as well put it to use shaping the minds of the younger generations, right? Click through to check out our roundup of children’s books illustrated (and sometimes written!) by great designers, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites in the comments! … Read More

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Desks of the Rich and Famous: Workspaces of Highly Creative People

Ever wondered how your favorite artist gets their work done? No, we mean, exactly how. As in, if we use the same pen Hemingway used, and the same kind of paper, and at the same time of day, maybe we’ll… nevermind. Regardless of pen type, there is something fascinating about the artist’s desk, and like anything else, everyone will draw their own far-reaching conclusions. In particular, it seems like everyone has their own opinion about what the state of someone’s workspace “means,” and we guess it has more to do with what the adage-makers own desks looked like than anything else. Whether a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind, or whether a cluttered desk just means a cluttered desk, or whether a messy desk is a sign of genius, we don’t know. But be their desks cluttered or clean, these creative people are definitely on this side of brilliant. Indulge in some harmless voyeurism and sneak a peek at the desks and workspaces of writers, artists, and thinkers. Then, it’s time to redecorate. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we decided that we need to own a ketchup-dispensing robot, no matter what the cost. We were excited to peruse a new issue of Electric Literature. We watched Bristol Palin publicly sass her mom on Twitter. We listened to Milton Glaser tell a joke.… Read More

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Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers

The journals of commercial designers, graphic artists, and illustrators become subjects in a new publication from Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers by Steve Heller and Lita Talarico (Montacelli Press). Whether it’s design and branding, stock illustration, print, interactive media, or typography, ideas are recorded in the artist’s sketchbook long before the finished products are in the public eye. This book illustrates a wide span of creative approaches and techniques with themes as unique as the artists who created them. … Read More

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What's on at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we watched a sea lion do downward dog. We read a funny new Sam Lipsyte short story in The New Yorker called “The Dungeon Master.” We experienced 20 years of pop music history in under 3 minutes. We discovered just how much H.G. Wells … Read More

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The 10 Best Arts and Culture TED Talks

It seems like every day someone is sending us a new TED talk. We are big fans of the forward-thinking smart-people conference, but there’s just no way we can watch everything posted on the site. That said, there’s no way we would miss “David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve,” a speech from this year’s event that just appeared on the site. Once we checked out that show stopper (seriously, watch it now), we couldn’t help scanning the TED archives to find the best arts and culture-related talks. Our ten favorites, spanning the realms of art, design, literature, music, and TV, are after the jump. … Read More

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