How Susan Sontag Possessed New York and Subverted Sexual Stereotypes

“Sontag seemed to exude an irresistible mixture of intelligence, hipness, sex, and beauty.” In addition to being a great personal hero of mine, Susan Sontag endures as one of the most influential intellectuals of the past century. But her most enchanting quality was a singular blend of fierce, opinionated intellect and vast emotional capacity —...

Top 10 Websites for Designers – Windows of New York + Character Challenge

As designers, we’re always looking for visual inspiration. This month’s best websites will do just that – offer plenty of creative juice via colorful illustrations, immersive videos and refined typography to take your next web design project up a notch. HOW’s art director, Adam Ladd, has curated some of the most exciting sights of the...

How a Vintage Children’s Book Illustrated by Lynd Ward Saved New York’s Iconic Little Red Lighthouse

A timeless testament to the power of stirring the collective imagination. In 1880, a little lighthouse was erected on New Jersey’s Sandy Hook to guide arriving ships into New York Harbor. But by 1917, this friendly nocturnal sherpa had become obsolete, so it was dismantled and put in storage. Four years later, it was reassembled...

New Yorker Cartoonist Roz Chast’s Remarkable Illustrated Meditation on Aging, Illness, and Death

Making sense of the human journey with wit, wisdom, and disarming vulnerability. “Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead,” John Updike wrote in his magnificent memoir. “So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?” It’s a sentiment somewhat easier to swallow...

Walt Whitman’s Raunchy Ode to New York City

“Give me the streets of Manhattan!” New York City is not want for homages and celebrations — the deeply personal, the illustrated, the photographic, the cartographic, even the canine and the feline. But the most beautiful are invariably the poetic. From the wonderful 1987 collection New York Observed: Artists and Writers Look at the City...

How to Pitch Yourself: A Lesson from Young Eudora Welty’s Impossibly Charming Job Application to The New Yorker

An exquisite yin-yang balance of erudition and irreverence, dignity and self-deprecation. “Only when we take ourselves lightly can we take ourselves seriously, so that we are given the courage to say, ‘Yes! I dare disturb the universe,’” Madeleine L’Engle riffed on T.S. Eliot in her magnificent meditation on creativity. But in the quest to find...

Congratulations to New York Magazine: SPD 49 Magazine of the Year

Congratulations to the New York magazine art and photo staff, and design director Thomas Alberty! New York was named SPD Magazine of the Year at the Pub49 Gala on May 2 at 4 World Trade Center. New York also won the National Magazine Award for design at the ASME awards event on May 1...

New York Times publishes a salary negotiation guide for women. Where is the guide for sexist employers?

"This week, the New York Times published a salary negotiation guide for women. The primer aims to help female employees ask for raises with a careful blend of masculine aggression and feminine deference that's been proven to disarm employers who secretly hate women who act like men, or women who act like women, or women...

Milton Glaser Critiques Craft Beer Packaging Design for the New York Times

What does legendary graphic designer— Milton Glaser has to say about some craft beer packaging design? Craft beer has gone a long way from it’s simple roots of being brewed inside basements and garages to a booming industry and not to mention a full blown art form. There are even websites dedicated to the amazing...

Rejection as Creative Catalyst: A Lesson in Entrepreneurship from New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff

A tale of finding art in the absurd and entrepreneurial spark in the rejected. “Serious cat people, like first-rate art critics, are chivvied by passion into perspicacity,” Anthony Lane wrote in the introduction to the impossibly delightful Big New Yorker Book of Cats. Incidentally, the same can be said of both cartoonists and entrepreneurs, but...

Hello, New York: Julia Rothman’s Illustrated Love Letter to Gotham’s Five Boroughs

From bodegas to bras, a visual serenade to Gotham’s emblems and eccentricities. On the heels of Wendy MacNaughton’s magnificent Meanwhile in San Francisco (which is less about San Francisco than about the human soul) comes Hello, New York: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs (public library) from Brooklyn-based illustrator Julia Rothman, who has...