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Seven Questions for Vintage Magazine Founder Ivy Baer Sherman


The new issue of Vintage Magazine, with linoleum-inspired covers by Chip Kidd. Below, editor-in-chief Ivy Baer Sherman in a photo by Victoria Jackson.

Technically, Vintage Magazine is—you guessed it—a magazine, but the term fails to convey the visual and tactile pleasures contained within its covers, which for the fourth (“Quatrième”) issue are a multi-flap affair designed to evoke the look and feel of vintage linoleum. Inside is a cabinet of curiosities worth of architecture- and design-focused features that range from musings on the enduring legacy of Elsie de Wolfe to a glimpse inside the New York townhouse of Robert and Cortney Novogratz—in the form of a DIY pop-up created by paper engineer Shawn Sheehy. The woman behind this biannual celebration of design, culture, and the creative possibilities of print is Vintage‘s founding editor-in-chief and publisher Ivy Baer Sherman and as we pored over the new issue, she told us about the origins of Vintage, the challenges of producing each issue, and the importance of living with flair (and Flair).

What led you to create Vintage Magazine?
Several years ago I was introduced to Fleur CowlesFlair at a 2003 retrospective of the magazine, “Fleur on Flair,” at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. I was struck, at first glance, by Flair’s beauty…and promptly judged the magazine, as we are taught to never ever do, by its exquisite cover. The distinguishing feature of a Flair cover was a die cut—which offered an artful glimpse onto the world within. Turning the cover revealed further delights—foldouts and fabulous illustrations—by Saul Steinberg, by fashion designer Rene Gruau; riveting writing—Salvador Dali on his search for a gypsy angel, Tallulah Bankhead on Louis Armstrong; short stories by Tennessee Williams. I left the show acutely attuned to the extraordinary physical draw of a magazine: the lure of stunning design, the striking sensation of ink on paper, the ravishing commingling of keenly-wrought words and fine art and editorial flair, the tactile quality of the read. I knew then and there that I wanted to create a magazine in the spirit of Flair for today’s audience. Voilà, Vintage Magazine.

How do you describe the editorial mission/philosophy?
Vintage Magazine aims to bring aspects of the past to the fore through a celebration of design and the creative possibilities of print—writers and artists are invited to survey the historical impact of art, music, fashion, food, and travel on today’s culture. With naysayers focusing on the demise of print these days, what better time to take the art of the magazine to new heights; to create a truly vintage publication, if you will—one that informs, inspires, surprises and delights.

Tell us about the amazing cover of the Quatrième issue and how it came to be.
What an honor to work with Chip Kidd—legendary graphic artist/cover designer. I wanted to do a Vintage version of an architecture and design issue. I talked this over with Chip at our first meeting, my only stipulation being that his cover design allow for the magazine’s signature open spine. Chip said that that he’d wanted to try something multi-layered and suggested the resulting homage to vintage linoleum.

Each layer of the cover reveals another pattern of linoleum—the construction is reminiscent of those sample rings of clacking linoleum chips that one finds in flooring showrooms; the paper stock has been selected to evoke a linoleum feel. The printer and binder worked to ensure that the integrity of the cover design would be maintained without compromising the magazine’s structural stability.
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At Comic-Con, Chip Kidd Finds Batman, Syphilis

batmanga.jpgHave the maddening, costumed crowds and inevitable internecine Star Wars/Trek-related feuds kept you from Comic-Con this year? Fear not, because Chip Kidd is on the scene! The designer (and comics expert) patrolled the convention floor yesterday with an eye to all things Batman and was not disappointed. Posted to Kidd’s online journal are photos of several new Batman statues, including a black-and-white likeness of the caped crusader waiting for a bus (or perhaps for chatty Robin to get off the Batphone), as well as several Bat-vehicles: your classic Bat-cycle with side car, your Bat-Pod. And like so many trips to Comic-Con, Kidd’s ended in venereal disease: at a booth chock full of German expressionist posters, he spotted this one that memorably conveys upticks in syphilis and gonorrhea in 1946 with the help of a slimy proto-sleestak.

Previously on UnBeige:

  • Chip Kidd Feeds Gloria Vanderbilt’s Obsession
  • Chip Kidd on ‘the Typographical Equivalent of Bad Toupees’
  • Holy Japanimation, Batman, It’s Chip Kidd’s New Book!
  • Chip Kidd’s Artbreak to Play Joe’s Pub

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    The wait is almost over. Artbreak, the music project destined to make Chip Kidd a rock star as well as a graphic design star, is breaking out with its live full-set debut at Joe’s Pub in New York City on Monday, August 4. Backed by Artbreakers Mars Trillion, Paul Schellack, and Dylan Wissing, Kidd will croon such New Wavey original hits-to-be as the positively infectious “Filigree” (we’re considering getting the “Know it all / SuperBall / It’s no use…” lyric tastefully tatooed on our lower extremities) and debut the Gary Nadeau-directed video for “Asymmetrical Girl.” We’ve got our tickets (buy yours here), but they’re sure to go fast as today’s New York Post reminded readers of the origins of the band’s name: “our Aug. 27, 2006, headline, ‘Artbreaking’—about famed quadriplegic artist Chuck Close‘s battle with a condo project threatening to block his studio’s sunlight.” And speaking of sunlight, if you’re in San Diego at Comic-Con, visit Kidd at the Pantheon booth, where he’s promoting his imminent Bat-Manga! book, or at the DC booth, where he’s signing copies of his Final Crisis and Trinity logo designs. And tell him UnBeige sent you!

    Chip Kidd to Rock “Design Matters” Today

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    Crank up your Harmon Kardon SoundSticks, Debbie Millman tells us that Chip Kidd will be playing some music by his band Artbreak on today’s “Design Matters“!

    His debut performance back in December got a nice write up on NYMag.com (which gave us yet another comparison to ponder: “Go-Gos meet Joy Division”?), so to commemorate the radio debut of this legitimate rock star we’ve included this Tiger Beat-worthy shot here for you to print out and put on your wall. Plus you know “Design Matters” is a call-in show, right? So maybe he’ll take some a capella requests? 1.866.472.5790

    You can listen live at 3pm EST here, see all the other options for tuning in, or podcast it for later…perhaps Artbreak’s the Cars meet the New Pornographers meet the Go-Gos meet Joy Division breed of rock can to accompany you to the gym.

    Chip Kidd On Batman, His Cut of That Pesky Dinosaur Skeleton, and Finally, On Stage!

    Don’t miss our adorable Kidd of the Year, Chip Kidd, in this interview by Dwell. In this episode, we learn he lived one town over from John Updike, whose father was Kidd’s father’s math teacher (A ha! So the literary thing was kind of embedded early on). He also discusses his comic loves and answers the question of whether or not he gets residuals for the Jurassic Park image. (“Yes, I do, in fact, we need to end this soon so I can go fly to my yacht.”) Don’t miss the Kidd-cam when surveying his apartment and—yes!–footage of his now-famous performance with Artbreak!

    Then tune in this Friday for the premiere of “Design Matters,” starring Kidd and more than a few surprises!

    “Design Matters” Season Five Schedule Announced

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    Effervescent host (and quite the hostess as well) Debbie Millman has leaked the new season of “Design Matters” to UnBeige first, kicking off January 18 with our Man of the Year, Chip Kidd. Graphic designers, writers, illustrators, authors, scientists, editors, a Nobel Prize winner and many, many UnBeige favorites will be featured on the show, which, incidentally, was voted a “favorite podcast” on PSFK’s IF Marketing Podcast survey. Tune in every Friday at 3pm to hear these fine voices:

    January 18: Chip Kidd
    January 25: Eric Kandel
    February 1: Kurt Andersen
    February 8: Vaughan Oliver
    February 15: Jonah Lehrer
    February 22: Petrula Vrontikis
    February 29: Stefan Bucher
    March 7: Laurie Rosenwald
    March 14: Jeffrey Zeldman
    March 28: Abbott Miller
    April 11: Robynne Raye
    April 18: All Music Show with DJ and Designer Michael Hodgson
    April 25: Lawrence Weiner

    Full bios for each guest can be found below.

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    UnBeige Looks Back: See You In the Future, Mr. Powers!

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    Maybe because it’s so fresh in our mind, but non-designer Michael Wolff‘s Dr. Evil impression sure does stick out as our favorite design memory of the year (Wolff photo courtesy of Jessica Perilla). Not this time, Mr. Glaser!

    Here’s to many more non-banal moments in 2008. You can see our ten favorite 2007 stories here.

    Have an extra-bubbly New Year’s Day for us.

    UnBeige Looks Back: The Year In How Cool It Was To Be Chip Kidd

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    Who did the baddest book cover design of them all? He did.

    Who won a National Design Award and then DJed the afterparty? He did.

    Who got his house profiled in international publication after international publication? He did.

    Who got his first novel optioned then put together a very thick monograph then cranked out another novel to be released in the near future? He did.

    Who fronted a band on the side? (And they’re good!) He did, he did.

    And he does.

    He’s our courageous creative, our multitasking man, our Artbreak hero, our UnBeige crush of the new year, Chip Kidd. Yes, Chip, you’re a legitimate Rock Star in our hearts now.

    UnBeige is counting down our biggest stories of 2007, all day, right here.

    New York Holiday Party Report

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    Thanks for the invitations, New York design community (or in some cases, not having a list at the door). Here’s where we found ourselves drinking free toddies this week…

    Rockwell Group
    Address: Bowlmor Lanes
    Crowd: Rockwell Group employees
    Specialty Cocktail: Bullshot, served by “celebrity bartender” Laurie Rosenwald
    Big Sightings: Maira Kalman, Tucker Viemeister wearing a Santa hat
    Just Missed: Chee Pearlman
    Highlight (pictured here): A video kaleidoscope created by James Tichenor and Joshua Walton that projected snowflakes cut by partygoers onto huge screens around the room. No word on how many Bullshots were served before bare butts were also projected around the room.

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    Debbie Millman’s SVA Class
    Address: Millman’s swank pad
    Crowd: Students, former “Design Matters” guests
    Specialty Cocktail: Champagne (for those of age), as double-fisted by Felix Sockwell
    Big Sightings: Chip Kidd, James Victore, Tobias Frere-Jones
    Just Missed: Joyce Rutter Kaye
    Highlight: Millman giving signed copies of 100% Evil to her students, which were doodled on more by Christoph Niemann and Nicholas Blechman, both in attendance.

    The Architect’s Newspaper
    Address: The well-appointed loft of William Menking and Diana Darling
    Crowd: Architects, writers, architect-writers
    Specialty Cocktail: Real egg nog, with fresh grated nutmeg
    Big Sightings: The lady design journalist power trio of Julie Lasky, Julie Iovine and Eve Kahn
    Just Missed: Teddy Cruz
    Highlight: The view.

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    Good Design Party
    Address: Good pop-up store
    Crowd: Green design consultants, graphic designers, Mr. T fans
    Specialty Cocktail: Organic wheat vodka with Izze sparkling clementine juice in biodegradable cups made from corn
    Big Sightings: Emily Oberman, supercute young’un Jonathan Harris presenting the Whale Hunt
    Just Missed: Bobby Martin giving his slam-dunk presentation again
    Highlight: Mike Essl showing off his world’s largest Mr. T memorabilia collection, including a clip from VH1′s “Totally Obsessed” where he and his co-collector eat a 20-year-old box of Mr. T cereal.

    Chip Kidd: Now an Even Closer Thing to a Rock Star

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    When we first heard that Chip Kidd would be playing with his band Artbreak for the first time anywhere last night, we were intrigued for sure, but wondered…would they be any good? From our top-secret embedded design/rock critic who tossed more than one undergarment onto the stage, we have the following review:

    They are ridiculously good. Think The New Pornographers meet The Cars, with solid Ric Ocasek-quality lyrics. Kidd oozes charisma. The designers here are packed close to the stage and going wild. One young kid asked me where Kidd finds the time for all these creative antics. I told him in all honesty I had no freaking clue.

    And there you have it, a new era in design criticism/music journalism has begun. Now, where is Kidd going to find someone to design the cover of their first album?

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    These fine photos by another face in the crowd, Francisco Hui.

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