Imagine opening your favorite newspaper or magazine. What typically draws your attention first? Is it the text? Or is it the imagery?
Very often it’s the imagery — photography, information graphics, illustration — that first captures our eye and our interest. Editorial illustration in particular plays a unique role in news publications, because it can visualize extremely abstract and conceptual ideas, powerfully magnifying the core message within an article. By translating the verbal into the visual, editorial art gives the reader a more immediate, visceral understanding of a news topic than words alone can provide.
This ninety-minute presentation provides an in-depth analysis of editorial art, led by the art director of the New York Times Sunday Review section. We will get an insider’s glimpse of the entire curatorial process: from interpreting an initial article, to hiring an illustrator, to directing sketches and discussing them with editors, to the creation of the final artwork for publication. In addition, we’ll look closely at the symbols and metaphors that illustrators use to visualize complex editorial topics like religion, race, psychology and politics. And we’ll gain first-hand experience thinking like an illustrator through an interactive drawing exercise appropriate for artists and non-artists alike.
*NOTE: This presentation can be tailored to address specific topics or disciplines, such as psychology, politics, economics, science and technology.