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Editorial design is the art of storytelling, and DJ Stout's brand of it is uniquely American. Western American. As art director for Texas Monthly for thirteen years, Stout created memorable work that defined his field. As head of Pentagram, the Austin-based design firm that has become world-renowned, Stout has continued to innovate with his inimitable, often humorous perspectives on publication design. Join us today as he shares how his Texas heritage has influenced his work.
ABOUT VARIATIONS ON A RECTANGLE
An internationally renowned graphic designer and partner in Pentagram, the world's most famous graphic design firm, DJ Stout is a fifth-generation Texan whose strong sense of place has inspired his design work for over thirty-five years. His contributions to Texas Monthly, where he was art director for thirteen years, helped the magazine win three National Magazine Awards. American Photo magazine named Stout one of its 100 Most Important People in Photography, and I.D. (International Design) magazine selected him for The I.D. Fifty, its annual listing of design innovators. The Society of Illustrators honored Stout with the national Richard Gangel Art Director Award, and he was made a Fellow of the Austin chapter of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) for his lifetime achievements.
Variations on a Rectangle presents both a career retrospective of DJ Stout's work and his inimitable, often humorous perspectives on publication design. Using nearly eight hundred images to illustrate more than two hundred fifty major design projects, Stout describes the inspiration and creative process behind his highly innovative designs for magazines, books, brochures, posters, and even a fiberglass batcow. He tells fascinating, behind-the-scenes stories of Texas personalities such as Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, and Ann Richards, who figured prominently in Texas Monthly's pages, while also discussing how his Texas heritage has influenced his more recent design work US and international clients. An essential primer for younger graphic designers and a revelation for everyone who values exceptional design, Variations on a Rectangle proves Stout's maxim, A publication without style is just a document, and documents don t do well on the newsstand. And that's why you need editorial art directors. Amen.
ABOUT DJ STOUT
DJ Stout was the art director of Texas Monthly between 1987 and 1999, and he has been a partner in Pentagram’s Austin office since 2000. He is the author and designer of The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His Fabulous Alpine Cowboys Baseball Club: An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semipro Baseball Team in Texas.
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