Take Credit, Blame Others, Deny Everything

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Bradbury Thompson detail

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Bradbury Thompson detail

I like to accuse people of stealing. Whenever I’m looking for a book in our library and can’t find it, I tell everyone in the studio, “Someone has stolen it. I know it.” And then someone will go to the shelf and pull the book out that I thought was stolen. Oddly, in 16 years, we’ve only had one book stolen. It was a book on Fillmore posters and it was stolen by an errant intern who had a band and lasted two days. Today, in the midst of accusing the designers of stealing my Studio Boggeri book, I found the Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook. It sounds dull, and I assumed from the cover that it was an old book that showed examples of halftones, which it was. Mixed in with the chapters on Photo-electric Engraving Techniques, and Dot Etching were remarkable chapter dividers and miscellaneous pages.

So the lesson is, yeah no duh, don’t judge a book by its cover. And it turns out that Monica had the Studio Boggeri book on her desk, so I probably should stop attacking and accusing everyone of theft immediately.

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950 Bradbury Thompson

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950 Bradbury Thompson

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Bradbury Thompson

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Bradbury Thompson

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Benjamin Somoroff

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Benjamin Somoroff

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Paul Rand

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Paul Rand

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Saul Steinberg

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Saul Steinberg

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Ladislav Sutnar

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Ladislav Sutnar

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Alexander Ross

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: Alexander Ross

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: very groovy paper

Ninth Graphic Arts Production Yearbook, 1950: very groovy paper

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5 Responses to “Take Credit, Blame Others, Deny Everything”

  1. Joe Says:

    Designers are so territorial about their books… sheesh! ;)

  2. marian bantjes Says:

    Spotlight! What a stunning script.

  3. Sean Says:

    Purty groovy, I know

  4. Derrick Schultz Says:

    I’ve stopped organizing my book shelf just so I could have these serendipitous moments. Excellent find…I’ve always wondered exactly what this book was like. Also, I’m convinced Bradbury Thompson didn’t sleep for most the 40s and 50s.I think he was simultaneously art directing something like 4 different magazines at some point, in addition to all of these books.

  5. Sean Says:

    I agree. Did he ever sleep?