Guest Post by Image Source
By John O’Reilly
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The surge in popularity in illustration began in the mid 1990s, taking people to magical places. Here we explore some of the benchmark moments and look at the most popular ways illustration is used for effective communication.
It’s the month that Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts’ epic Fifty Years of Illustration gets published by Lawrence King, a book filled with illustration classics such as Klaus Voormann’s Revolver cover to Shepard Fairey’s Hope poster. But if we telescoped down to 15 years and some thumbnail sketches of drivers and moments here are five ideas as to why illustration has got so popular since the late 90s.
2013 was a pretty good year for Timothy Goodman. We hate to pat ourselves on the back but we sort of told you so. Last January, GDUSA selected Goodman as a Person to Watch. This past summer, while he was busy dating Jessica Walsh and documenting every moment of their courtship, he somehow fit in the design of a 60-foot installation at Airbnb’s San Francisco offices.
I still have a full collection of Dover clip art books stacked up in my office. Of course the whole collection is now available digitally, but I would not change one moment of the many days I spent (and still spend) poring over these wonderful books. If you are anything like me, you can imagine my excitement when I found these Pioneer-Moss ads from 1970 in the GDUSA archives.
I hope this wonderfully random grouping puts a smile on your face and if you have any more information about the images or Pioneer-Moss I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.