Monday, February 27, 2012

John Alcorn

photo by Phyllis Alcorn, 1989.

John Alcorn was an American graphic artist and illustrator, working from the 1950s up until his death in 1992. A graduate of Cooper Union, a member of Pushpin Studios, and then an art director at CBS, Alcorn then went on to set up shop as a freelance illustrator, creating his most eyecatching and memorable work. Here are some of my favorites. To view much much more of his work, visit The Art of John Alcorn website.

Editorial illustration, 1969

One of the dozens of book jackets Alcorn produced while working in Florence for the Italian publishing house Rizzoli. This cover is from 1973.




Packaging design for Aramis Perfume, 1982


Friday, February 24, 2012

Philately Fridays: Germany, 1977

Three-stamp set from Germany, putting a subtle 1977 twist on the art nouveau (Jugendstil) styles of the turn of the 20th century.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Glossary of Television Terms

Fantastically-illustrated piece by John Alcorn under the art direction of the legendary Lou Dorfsman for CBS, 1964.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Philately Fridays: Hungary, 1982

Two stamps from Hungary from a year of competitive recreational activities. 1982 didn't just see Budapest hosting a stamp-worthy Rubik's Cube world championship, but also a stamp-worthy European table tennis championship!

Here's some footage from that Rubik's Cube championship:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stefan Kanchev

When it comes to logo designers, you really couldn't hope for anyone more creative and prolific than the late, great Stefan Kanchev. During the second half of the 20th Century, he single-handedly put Bulgaria on the world graphic design map, pumping out hundreds and hundreds of logomarks, postage stamps, and other incredibly stylish and effective designs. Here is a collection of some of his best work. These images are from a series of photos from an exhibition of Kanchev's work found on

Check out more from Stefan Kanchev on So Much Pileup.

And definitely check out much much more from Stefan Kanchev over at

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Star Wars promotional designs

I've been a Star Wars fan for as long back as I can remember. The original trilogy shaped a lot of my childhood and creative imagination. There was a great deal of fantastic design work associated with the films and here's a collection of some of it, mostly found online.

Early logo before the more commonly-known yellow on black letters came to be.

Poster for NPR's radio dramatization of Star Wars by illustrator Celia Strain. See more of her work at

My all-time favorite Star Wars poster, from Israel.

The Italian design is also great. I love the creative liberties taken by the artist.

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Incredible comic book ad showing off a ton of Star Wars toys.

And perhaps the most bizarre of all, this poster with C3PO and R2D2 asking parents to make sure their children have been immunized!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Philately Fridays: Laos, 1983

4 stamps from a 6-stamp set from Laos, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the inaugural hot air balloon flight in Paris, 1783. This illustration style isn't really common in Laos, so I'm wondering if the artist was French. If anyone has any information on these stamps, please send it on over!

Monday, February 6, 2012


Here's an array of snake-based logos for various companies.

Laboratorios Ausonia S.A., a Barcelona-based Pharmaceutical laboratory
designed by José Baqués, 1967

Alafoss wool manufacturers

Delta sales company, designed by B.K.Wiese (Germany)

Municipio della Citta di Bellinzona logo
designed by Udo Elzi for the Bellinzona municipality in Italy, 1975

San Giorgio Impermeabili, a Genova, Italy-based rainwear company
designed by Giulio Confalonieri, 1958

Tutta Milano, Italian tourism organization