Among the many sections inside the Observer one of my favorites was the New York World. It highlighted topical New York City events and people. The main focus though was former Village Voice photographer, James Hamilton’s incredible Tri-X portraits of celebrities. Quite often taken in hotel rooms, with barely enough setup setup time, James always delivered stunning work that captured the personality of his subjects. Working with James was not only educational but also collaborative. As, once we met and discussed how he liked his photos to print, it was... Read The Rest →
This redesigned version was an attempt to repurpose the content around a narrower page size. It’s notable for the elimination of Barry Blitt‘s small illustrations as well as the opening up of the top of the page. The decision was made to reduce the number of columns so as not to affect the art as much. These two issues also highlight two of the other artists who worked with us regularly. On the left, Robert Grossman, whose whimsical style was often perfect for depicting the silliness of various, otherwise serious,... Read The Rest →
This version of the NY Observer cover ran for several years and stood out by the use of several boxed news items at the top of the page. Also notable is the use of illustrator Barry Blitt’s small spot illustrations which not only were amusing and informative but also gave the paper that wonderful old-world feel that publisher/owner Arthur Carter cherished. Highlighting this particular issue is Drew Friedman‘s stunning artwork of what editor Peter Kaplan would have surely called the “Biddy-o-cracy”. The old-school gossip mongers who subtly influence the New... Read The Rest →
The New York Observer calendar was a yearly insert until the narrower format redesign of the newspaper forced it’s exclusion. It was always great fun working with illustrator David Chelsea on the images. The text was written by the ever witty Alexandra Jacobs who was kind enough to edit at will whenever we could not find a way to make both the image and her text fit harmoniously.