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The Village Voice: An Art Directors' History

The Village Voice: An Art Directors' History

Pictured above is the final cover of the final print edition of The Village Voice, which hits the streets on September 20. Photograph by Fred W. McDarrah, art director: Ashley Smestad Vélez.

Since its founding in 1955 The Voice provided a venue for a wide array of visual voices to speak--photographers, illustrators, cartoonists, artists, and designers who were given space and room to grow and connect with a larger community. The Voice visual aesthetic not only went on to influence newspaper design--both daily and weekly--but also mainstream magazine design. Former Voice art directors went on to direct the visual directions of Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Saveur, Real Simple, Details, Vibe, Fast Company, Wired, Fortune, Lucky, Mother Jones, and many more.

Starting with Milton Glaser, who redesigned The Voice in the mid-70s, the paper has been the home to a stack of talented art directors and design directors, including George Delmerico, Michael Grossman, Wes Anderson, Kim Klein, Robert Newman, Florian Bachleda, Jennifer Gilman, Audrey Schachnow, Ted Keller, Minh Uong, Ivylise Simones, John Dixon, Tom Carlson, Andrew Horton, and current AD Ashley Smestad Vélez. Two other creative talents who contributed mightily to the look of The Voice were longtime picture editor  Fred W. McDarrah, and art director Jesus Diaz. Diaz has been the Minnie Minoso of The Voice, working in various roles over five separate decades (he started young), and in the process becoming an inspiration to countless creatives, and many would say, the soul of the paper.

SPD reached out to former Voice art directors and design directors to get their impressions and memories of life and work at the paper. We've also collected an historic gallery of over 50 covers and pages, beginning with issue number 1, published in 1955.




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Cover of the day: Sweet Paul, September 2017

Cover of the day: Sweet Paul, September 2017

Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

cover-of-the-day-logo.jpgSweet Paul, September 2017
Founder & Editor-In-Chief: Paul Lowe
Creative Director: Joline Rivera
Graphic Designer: Nellie Williams

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Want to submit your cover to be considered for our Cover of the Day? Send us a jpeg of your cover with credit info to SPDsubmissions@gmail.com
Cover of the Day: Quinnipiac Magazine, Summer 2017

Cover of the Day: Quinnipiac Magazine, Summer 2017

Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of great magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

cover-of-the-day-logo.jpgQuinnipiac Magazine, Summer 2017

Design: Pentagram
Illustration: Brian Stauffer
Editor: Janet Waldman

SPD

SPD "Last Thursday" Happy Hour

Join us for September's "Last Thursday" Happy Hour!

Our monthly happy hour will be held Thursday, September 28th (the last Thursday of the month!) at No Fun and will be hosted by the SPD Board of Directors

Come grab a drink and catch up with the SPD Board!


Check out the list of our board members below:

Clinton Cargill
 - 
Director of Photography, Bloomberg Businessweek

Caleb Bennett
 - 
Design Director, Condé Nast Traveler

Toby Kaufmann
 - Photography Director, Refinery29

Rebecca Simpson Steele - 
Photo Director, Reader's Digest

Abbey Kuster-Prokell
 - Design Director at Bed, Bath, & Beyond

Krystal Atwater - 
Director of Photo & Video, NFL

Jacqueline Bates
 - Photography Director, The California Sunday Magazine

Kristina DiMatteo - 
Senior Creative Lead, Bloomberg Global Media

Rachel Gogel
 - Creative Director, Facebook

Anton Ioukhnovets
 - Creative Director, Ioukhnovets Studio

David Moretti
 - Creative Director, WIRED


Kathy Nguyen - 
Photo Director, The Knot


Thomas O'Quinn
 - Creative Director, O'Quinn Design


Stravinski Pierre
 - Deputy Art Director, ELLE

Krista Prestek - 
Director of Visuals, GQ and GQ Style


Dan Rhatigan - 
Senior Manager, Adobe Typekit


Victor Williams - 
International Art Director, TIME


We hope to see you there!

No cover charge = no excuse not to come


Thursday, September 28th

No Fun

7PM-9PM

161 Ludlow Street

Cover of the day: escapism, September 2017

Cover of the day: escapism, September 2017

Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

cover-of-the-day-logo.jpgescapism, September 2017
Editor: Jon Hawkins
Art Director: Matthew Hasteley
Senior Designer: Abigail Robinson
Designer: Emily Black
Junior Designers: Annie Brooks, Nicola Poulos

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Want to submit your cover to be considered for our Cover of the Day? Send us a jpeg of your cover with credit info to SPDsubmissions@gmail.com
A Photo Editor Remembers The Village Voice

A Photo Editor Remembers The Village Voice

By Meg Handler

This week, the The Village Voice will cease publication of its print edition. [Editor's note: The final print issue of The Voice will publish on Wednesday, September 20.]  For so many of us who still work (or don't work) in the media, this news felt like a punch in the gut. While the website will remain, it will never be the same as the paper itself. There's something about opening a newspaper and seeing your picture in there for the first time. This was the dream of so many, including myself.

There was a very specific aesthetic to the photographs in the paper. Having been inspired by the great documentary photographers of the 1960s, that was my aesthetic too. The black border around the photographs was considered a "Village Voice" look, the writer/photographer teams, like Guy Trebay and staff photographer  Sylvia Plachy, and nightlife columnist Michael Musto and photographer  Catherine McGann. The clean page design, the equal weight of words and images on feature pages, also gave the paper a unique look. The mission of the paper and its left-leaning nature, was also inspiring to me.



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Cover of the Day: The New Yorker, September 18, 2017

Cover of the Day: The New Yorker, September 18, 2017

Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of great magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.

cover-of-the-day-logo.jpgThe New Yorker, September 18, 2017

"Warhead"

Art Editor: Françoise Mouly
Artist: Eric Drooker

Cooking Light's Redesign with Creative Director, Rachel Lasserre
While reaching 30 years in publication is no small feat, the Cooking Light team also had something more to celebrate... ...More
Cover of the Day: Entrepreneur México, September 2017
Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of great magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.Entrepreneur México,... ...More
Cover of the day: New Philosopher, September 2017
Cover of the day: New Philosopher, September 2017
Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.New Philosopher,... ...More
Cover of the Day: The Tulsa Voice, September 6 - 19, 2017
Cover of the Day: The Tulsa Voice, September 6 - 19, 2017
Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of great magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.The Tulsa... ...More
Cover of the day: Food and Travel (UK), August/September 2017
Cover of the day: Food and Travel (UK), August/September 2017
Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.Food and... ...More
Join SPD-U for Our 2017 Pub(lications) Crawl on Friday, 10/6/17
Join SPD-U for Our 2017 Pub(lications) Crawl on Friday, 10/6/17
**SOLD OUT**If you're interested in working for magazines one day whether as a designer, photographer or illustrator, take a break... ...More