A one-day conference about the type and design of Rolling Stone
Save the date: May 25, 2018, New York
Presented by TYPE magazine
Sponsors: Rolling Stone, Penske Media Corporation (PMC), and Alta magazine.
The visual lessons of Rolling Stone magazine
The magazine, after 50 years, has new ownership, so this is a good time to take stock of what it’s contributed to the world of typography—and in publication design, photography and illustration.
TYPE brings together a dozen or more of the key players to show what they've done and what they’re doing.
It's an all-day event on the Friday before Memorial Day, May 25, at the SVA Theater in Chelsea.
If you’re interested in typographic branding, magazine art direction, the culture of rock and roll, or the history of graphic design, this event will provide insight into one of the most influential publications of our time. And entertainment. Rolling Stone has approached and politics with real energy, and these speakers are energetic, to put it mildly.
Among the speakers are some of the main players in Rolling Stones’s first 50 years. (In chronological order.)
- John Williams, the first art director, who turned away from the “underground” and chose "classic.”
- Roger Black, TYPE’s editor, who was responsible for the Rolling Stone’s enduring typography.
- Karen Mullarkey, the photo editor who strengthened the magazine’s understanding of photojournalism
- Andy Cowles, the art director who pushed the magazine toward the urgency of news
- Jodi Peckman, the longtime creative director of Rolling Stone who defined its portrait photography
- Joe Hutchison, the current design director, who has continues to hone the RS style in challenging times.
And more to be announced!
The day starts with coffee at 9:00 and presentations at 10:00, with a two-hour break for lunch, on your own. And in the evening, a reception for all speakers and participants. The full schedule will be shaped up soon. Here, tentatively, are the sessions we’re working on:
The type of Rolling Stone
A look at the typography and type design at the magazine.
On the cover of the Rolling Stone
The stories of some of the great covers over the years.
Working as a design team
The stories of collaboration in the art departments at Rolling Stone
Photo editing as a cause
There is a reason why photography has been so strong at RS: The photo editors
The lost art of art direction
What’s happened with illustration in magazines over the past 50 years?
For the love of Rolling Stone
Art directors from every period of the magazine talk about the lessons they’ve learned.
The School of Visual Arts Theater is at 333 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011. A discount for a nearby hotel will be announced soon.
We’re working on the details (a lunch with speakers, for example). Regular updates will be posted on this site.
Attend TYPE’s first event!
Early bird ticket is $99. That’s a 20 percent discount off the regular price.
On March 25, the ticket price increases to $129.
Members of TYPE can get tickets for $79 (until March 25). Look for an e-mail message with the discount code. (If you didn't get the e-mail yet, contact us. )
If you are not a member, you can join TYPE and attend The Art of Rolling Stone for $109—including ticket and a one-year membership. This special offer is good through April 24.
Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.