The Graphics Office

THE HANDY BOOK OF ARTISTIC PRINTING

RESEARCH | WRITING | BOOK DESIGN

angela & doug

We’re proud of the design of this book but we’re probably even more gratified by the original research behind it. With our design educations firmly rooted in Modernism we’d never seen or learned about anything like 19th-century Artistic Printing. The timing was good to get people acquainted with one of the historical black sheep of design. We explored contemporary moralizing against ornament, and helped place Artistic Printing onto the timeline of design history.

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MACKELLAR, SMITHS & JORDAN

RESEARCH | WRITING | BOOK DESIGN

doug

This book profiles the largest American type foundry of the 19th century and documents all MS&J’s patented designs. Doug began the text as a Master’s degree thesis at the Bard Graduate Center and designed the book for Oak Knoll Press.

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Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1
STRUGGLE for SUCCESS
Chapter 2
TYPEFACES and ORNAMENTS
Chapter 3
MERGER and LEGACY
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Appendix A: Chronology of
MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan, 1796–1914
Appendix B: Original Typeface Designs
Appendix C: Original Ornament Designs
Image Sources and Credits
Index

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GASTRONOMICA

WRITING | RESEARCH

doug

An advertisement for H.M. Smee, Cheesemonger and Provisioner—a random piece of 19th century ephemera—became the focus of Doug’s essay in Gastronomica. The magazine, a “journal of food and culture,” is a joint venture of the University of California Press and Williams College.

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Graphics International

Writing | photography

angela

Angela wrote several articles for this long-running British graphic design magazine which has since changed its name to Grafik. This feature investigated the proliferation of drastically oversized outdoor advertising.

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NEW YORK COTTAGES AND GARDENS

WRITING

angela

Angela covered an exquisitely renovated 19th-century townhouse in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Manhattan for the Spring 2012 debut issue of NYC&G.

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PRINT MAGAZINE

WRITING

angela

Over several years, Angela wrote periodically about design for Print magazine and was also a judge for the Regional Design Annuals.

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Selected articles:
“End Product” columns
(2004–2005)
“Not so Extreme Makeover”

“Screen Gems”
“Flight Stimulator”
“Mystery Disk”

“New Visual Artists” profiles
(2003–2005)
Craig Harris

Martina Witte
Deanne Cheuk
Tarek Atrissi

Regional Design Annual — Southwest regional judge
(2005–2007)
Southwest 2007

Lord & Taylor’s design revamp
(2008)
“Good Things in Store”

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(WHAT IS THIS?)

WRITING

angela


“Some fireworks shoot off rockets in all directions; perhaps I can be classified in that category.”— Bella C. Landauer

“I like boring things.”— Andy Warhol

Angela’s blog takes on a lot— from ephemera and language to death and fashion—with fleeting intensity.

Sand Island

WRITING

doug

Named after a favorite childhood spot in Micronesia, Doug’s blog is a place for personal writing on travel, history, and design.