The Roaring Twenties was a time of unprecedented economic growth and consumerism. But after the crash of 1929, unemployment skyrocketed to 25% and people were demanding to know: “If the twenties had been so prosperous, where had all the money gone? The cream was skimmed off at the top. The richest Americans — the 5 percent at the top — controlled about 1/3 of all personal income. They invested their money at high interest rates and paid almost no income tax” (1).

President Roosevelt’s answer was The New Deal, a sweeping set of government programs aimed at putting the nation…

“Hear Our Voice” by Liza Donovan at the Women’s March

In 2008, Aaron (my bff since preschool) and I were finishing college, Barack Obama was running for President, and Aaron and I launched Design For Obama. It was a website where anyone could upload poster art for the campaign, and anyone could download and print that art for free. To our amazement, the project took off. Hundreds of artists contributed poster designs, the project was featured in the NY Times, and we published the collection as a coffee table book with Spike Lee. The artists involved started asking the same question we were asking ourselves — ‘what’s next?’

In conversation with Carly Draws, creator of the new Grimm’s Fairy Tales cover for recovering the classics

Grimm’s fairy tales, first published in 1812 in German by brothers Jacob and Wilhelm has a significant place in children’s literature. The book was published with illustrations from German artists Philipp Grot Johann and Robert Leinweber. Multiple books and films have been influenced by these stories. As a part of recovering the classics project, today I’m delighted to share the behind the scene story from artist Carly Draws who has drawn a new cover for the children’s classic.

Why Grimm’s fairy tales?

It’s interesting to note that…

In conversation with Owen LaMay, creator of the new Treasure Island cover for recovering the classics

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island redefined how we imagined pirates and their adventurous escapades. Over 50 film and TV versions, about 24 major stage and radio adaptations, have solidified its position as a coming of age classic. The imagery in the media is cemented in our minds and has made us romanticize remote islands and treasure maps laced with black crosses. How would a new design tell the same story differently?

Second in series, here’s the behind the scenes look into the design of…

In conversation with Andrew Fairweather, creator of the new Middlemarch cover for recovering the classics.

I t was a usual New York day. Andrew Fairweather had just finished his new comic book. He was in an intermediate phase that overpowers writers and artists, wondering if it was time to get onto something new. He decided to go to his coterie of five other New Yorkers at a friend’s house, each with their own creative night projects. One of his friends recommended, “recovering the classics”. Andrew realized that his new project had chosen him. He made a mental intent note.


In conversation with Alexis Lampley, creator of the new Pride and Prejudice cover for Recovering The Classics

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, first published in 1813, placed second on BBC’s ‘best-loved books’ is a hugely popular classic. Multiple mainstream cinema, theater and literature adaptations of the book have been made in its 200 year old long history. As a part of recovering the classics project, today I’m happy to share the behind the scene story from artist Alexis Lampley who has recently created a brand new cover design for this much-loved classic.

Why Pride & Prejudice?

“Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book. I…


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