Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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History of Graphic Design

A Sampling of Materials of Interest

Arranged in chronological order. Most of these items are located in Special Collections.

Two Winchester Bibles

The Two Winchester Bibles by Walter Oakeshott (12th century)
A scholarly study of 12th-century illumination. Clarendon Press, 1981.

Location: Special Collections


Codex Tro-Cortesianus

Codex Tro-Cortesianus
The Maya wrote their beliefs, history, and astronomy in special books that are now known as codices. We have facsimiles edition of some.

Location: Special Collections F 1435 C653


Göttingen Model Book

Göttingen Model Book (ca. 1450)
This book provides instructions for how to illumniate the Gutenberg Bible. Our copy is a facsimile and includes a translation.

Location: ND 2980 G6


Caxton & the Polychronicon of 1482

Caxton & the Polychronicon of 1482
The book, beautifully designed and letterpress printed in 1938 by the Grabhorn Press, contains an an actual original page from the Caxton's Polychronicon.

Location: Special Collections Z 232 C38 K87


Astronomicum Caesareum

Astronomicum Caesareum by Peter Apian and Michael Ostendorfer (1540)
A Renaissance astronomy manual from 1540 containing rotating paper wheels which demonstrate planetary motion and movements of the stars. Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1967.

Location: Special Collections Oversize QB41 A64 1540ab

 


Arrighi's Operina by John Benson and Juan de Yciar's Arte Subtilissima

Arrighi's Operina by John Benson and Juan de Yciar's Arte Subtilissima (mid-1500s)
Facsimiles of illustrated writing manuals typical of the mid-1500s.

Location: Z 43 A3 L8333
Location: Z 43 A3 I3 1960


L'Apocalypse Figurée by Jean Duvet

L'Apocalypse Figurée by Jean Duvet (1561)
Illustrations for Jean de Tournes printing of the 22 chapters of the Book of Revelation from 1561. Ours is a facsimile edition by Eugrammia Press, published in 1962.

Location: Special Collections


Type Specimen of J.F. Rosart (1768)

The Type Specimen of J.F. Rosart (1768)
Rosart was one of the two main typefounders in Brussels in the late 18th century. This book is a facsimile of the 1768 edition.

Location: Z 250 R78


 

The Pencil of Nature by William Henry Fox Talbot (1844)
Facsimile of book of early photography

Location: Special Collections TR 144 T2 1969


Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar (1867- )
The Library owns several samples of women's magazines, which were especially popular during the 19th Century.

Location: Special Collections


La Fontaine's Fables

La Fontaine's Fables (1868)
Translated into English verse by Walter Thornbury. Profusely illustrated by Gustave Doré.

Location: Special Collections PQ 1811 E3 T4


 

Caricature and Other Comic Art (1875)

Location: Special Collections NC 1325 P3 1877


 

The Dictionary of Needlework (1882)

Location: Special Collections TT 750 C372 1882


 

The Growth of Industrial Arts (1886)

Location: Special Collections


 

Figure Drawing for Children (1893)

Location: Special Collections NC 765 R57 1893


Kelmscott Chaucer

The Kelmscott Chaucer (1896)
Willam Morris produced what is considered one of the great books in the history of printing. Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1958.

Location: Z 232 M87 C52 1958


 

Phil May’s Gutter-Snipes (1896)
Cartoons

Location: Special Collections NC 1479 M38 1896


 

Moko/Maori Tattooing (1896)
Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1969.

Location: Special Collections GN 667 N947


Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)
Described as the most original genius of British art in the 1890s, the Library owns many books with reproductions of Aubrey Beardsley's book designs, including Salome and Le morte d'Arthur:

Location: Special Collections Oversize NC 1115 B395
Location: NC 978.5 M34 B42


 

Cosmopolitan and Scribner’s (individual issues 1897/1898)
Fashion magazines

Location: Special Collections


 

The Rossettis (1900)

Location: Special Collections ND 497 R8 C3 1990


 

Fashion in Paris (1898)

Location: Special Collections GT 887 U8 1898


 

Two Centuries of Costume in America (1903)

Location: Special Collections GT 605 E2


 

The Gibson Book: A Collection of the Published Works of Charles Dana Gibson, Volume 2 (1907)

Location: Special Collections Oversize NC 139 G42 G4 1907


 

Die Traumenden Knaben (1907)
Ours is the facsimile edition published in 1968.

Location: Special Collections


 

Alphabets Old and New (ca. 1910)

Location: Special Collections NK 3600 D22


 

Raemaekers’ Cartoons (1916)

Location: Special Collections NC 1429 R33 R4 1916


 

Boyhood Photos of J.-h. Lartigue
Facsimile of photos from the 1910s and 1920s published in 1966.

Location: Special Collections TR 140 L375 L37 1966


 

The Delineator (1917-1927)
Fashion Magazine

Location: Special Collections


 

America in the War (1918)

Location: Special Collections NC 1429 R33 A43 1918


Liberty Loan

The Liberty Loan Poster: A Textbook for Amateurs (1918)
Joseph Pennell.

Location: Special Collections


 

War Posters  (1920)

Location: Special Collections NC 1810 H3 1920


 

Red Cartoons from the Daily Worker (2 copies; 1926-1929)

Location: Special Collections NC 1763 C6 D3 1926
Location: Special Collections NC 1763 C6 D3 1928


Art-Gout-Beaute

Art-Goût-Beauté (1920-1933)
Luxurious fashion magazine published from 1920 to 1933. Unpaginated (29pp.), illustrated with 16 hand-colored pochoir designs (incl. cover, shown above, cropped to emphasise cover image) and 5 full page advertisements as well as color endpapers reproducing a design available on crepe de chine fabric. Text in French.

Location: Special Collections


 

Commercial Art Magazine (loose issues 1930s)

Location: Special Collections


Advertising Arts

Advertising Arts (14 issues from the early 1930s)
"An important historical document in defining the evolution from work-a-day commercial art to sophisticated graphic design."

Location: Special Collections


 

Specimens of Type in use at the Kynoch Press (1934)

Location: Special Collections Z 250 K96 1934


 

Fashions Art, Volume 1, No. 1 (1934)

Location: Special Collections TT 500 F27 1934


 

Printing Types: Their History (2 Volumes, 1937)

Location: Special Collections Z 250 A2 U6 1937


 

Modern Publicity (3 volumes from the 1930s and 1940s)
Annual of Art and Industry, a london-based association. Show examples of posters, illustrations, packaging, letterheads, etc. from the period.

Location: Special Collections NC 997 A1 M6


Print: America's Graphic Design Magazine

Print: America's Graphic Design Magazine (1942- )
Library has a complete run from 1942 to the present.

Location: Magazine Stacks (alphabetically arranged)


 

Alphabet and Image, Volumes 1-4; 5-8  (1946-1948)

Location: Special Collections


 

Tschichold (1949)

Location: Special Collections Z 43 S36 1949
 


 

Printing and Graphic Arts (2 volumes, 1953-1954)

Location: Special Collections AP 2 P75


Portfolio Magazine

Portfolio Magazine (1950s)
Art director: Alexey Brodovitch
The Library owns 3 issues from the early 1950s.

Location: Special Collections


Great Ideas of Western Men

Great Ideas of Western Man (1950-1975)
Portfolio of booklets about famous thinkers created by well known designers for the Container Corportion of America.

Location: Special Collections


Best of Flair

Best of Flair (1950s)
Extravagantly produced magazine created by socialite Fleur Cowles.

Location: Special Collections AC 2 F585 1996


 

Collagious Material (issues 1-6; 1965)

Location: Special Collections


 

TM (1968)
Exhibition catalog of a retrospective of American trademarks from 1945-1963.

Location: Special Collections T 223 V2 T5 1968


 

On Seven Shakespearean Tragedies (1969)

Location: Special Collections PR 2983 K47 1969


 

Peter Max Paints America (1973)

Location: Special Collections NC 1850 M38 A25


 

Please request Special Collections materials from the Library Director or Circulation Manager.