Friday, December 11, 2020

Subscribe to 3x3 Magazine - A great gift

The final issue of 2020 is on press, now’s the time to consider subscribing for our next three issues.

We’re excited to be featuring Brian Stauffer, Sandra Dionisi, Jon Han and Martha Rich, ICON in our first issue of the new year. Along with our standard features of surveys, book reviews and our special Seen & Noted section where we showcase artists from around the globe that have caught our eye—some you’ll recognize, others we’ve discovered.

Since 3x3 is now a subscriber-based publication you’ll need to sign up for the year to receive all three issues—individual print copies will not be available*. All subscriptions include a free digital copy in two formats: flip-book so it’s just like thumbing through our magazine and a standard pdf, perfect for the small screen.

And this year, subscribe and receive 10% off your entry fees in our 3x3 International Illustration Show No. 18.

A great gift that keeps on giving.

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Mark your calendars for 3x3 Annual 18

With 3x3 Annual 17 on press and soon to be delivered we’re turning our attention to Annual 18. 

The Call for Entries poster is in the works, Sisi Yu is our artist this year. And we’re gathering our panel of judges which we’ll be announcing soon, so the ball is rolling. 

We’ll be opening up the show in early January for entries, the final deadline is March 26, 2021 with a late deadline of April 2nd.

3x3 International Illustration Show No. 18
Deadline: March 26, 2021

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Italian AI Annual 2021 Call for Entries

The Italian AI Annual 2021 illustration competition celebrate it’s fifteenth showcase and we invite all artists to help us turn Annual 2021 in a truly special edition! 

Set up in 1990 to offer a testimony of the high quality of illustration made in Italy, and relaunched in 2005 to continue in its intent, Annual 2021 is now considered to be one of the most comprehensive publications. 

The 15th anniversary will be crowned by world renown Italian illustrator, cartoonist and artist Lorenzo Mattotti as president of the jury that will select and award the entered works. 

With its 27 Awards in 9 categories, 2 excellence awards offered by LYRA and WACOM and the Toppi Prize worth 1,000 euros, AI Annual 2021 is one of the most inclusive and important showcases of Italian illustration.  

All illustrators who work for the Italian market or Italian illustrators who work with international clients are invited to participate. 

The competition is subject to a fee, but members who are part of Associations in the EIF network can enter work at a reduced rate. Each selected illustrator receives a free copy of the publication with a commercial value of 30 euros. For those who are not selected, we reserve the possibility to purchase the book at a reduced rate. 

Deadline: Monday, December 7, 2020 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Remembering Milton Glaser, Class of ’51

Remembering Milton Glaser, Class of 1951, a new exhibition in the colonnade windows of the Foundation Building at Cooper Union, celebrates the work of one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th century.

Recognized for the iconic I ♥ NY logo, a design Glaser created that succinctly expressed love for New York City, the exhibition features that famous mark and 24 additional design pieces that he created for New York and beyond. These include some of the city’s loftier institutions and its most quotidian—iconic posters for Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Brooklyn’s Theater for a New Audience, identity for the Grand Union supermarket chain, branding for the Brooklyn Brewery, and the design of New York Magazine, a publication he co-founded in 1968. Remembering Milton Glaser, Class of 1951 also features a whimsical tourism poster for the Catskills (think cats and mountains) as well as unforgettable advertisement posters for albums by Bob Dylan, comedian Dick Gregory, and more.

The Cooper Union  
Located at 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

Opening Friday, November 13, 2020 5PM through January 15, 2021 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Pictoplasma 2020 - Free Broadcast

For obvious reasons, Pictoplasma had to cancel their 16th Pictoplasma Conference scheduled for May 2020 and are now streaming a free 2-day livestream conference on September 18+19.

The event features more than 40 artist talks by and conversations with illustrators, animation filmmakers, visual artists, and designers, as well as performance artists, activists and academics. Speakers include internationally renowned illustrators such as Cristina Daura, Dan Woodger, Jing Wei, and Miranda Tacchia.

This year's symposium The Mask in Visual Culture expands on Pictoplasma’s ongoing research into how characters relate to, invade, take over and warp the human body, reexamining one of our most ancient cultural artifacts in a new light. Speakers include Ines Alpha from Paris, known for her 3D make up; and Damselfrau, one of the most prolific artists currently working with masks.

Register at

18+19 September 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

Steve Heller: The Re-birth of 3x3 Magazine

 As many of you know, Steve Heller has been an advocate for not only graphic design but also illustration with any number of books and articles on each.

As the founder of 3x3, The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, I am so pleased that Steve has once again shined a light on the magazine. 

From today’s posted interview: “During the unpleasantness of 2020, a print magazine—in fact, the most luscious of all magazines devoted to the wonderful art of illustration—is coming back to life after more than a half decade of dormancy. 3x3, founded, edited and designed by Charles Hively, is twisting fate and taunting the odds. And I think—and hope—it will succeed.”

Monday, June 29, 2020

Milton Glaser R.I.P.

The world lost perhaps the most erudite designer, artist and illustrator this past week. At the age of 91, Milton Glaser passed away but his voice remains.

I’m sure all of us have looked back on our various influences and appreciation of Milton’s work. Introduced many, many years ago to the work of Push Pin Studio, scraping up the money to buy their book Push Pin Style in 1970 which showcased the studio’s output as exhibited at the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Pouring over the pages, pulling it off the shelf innumerable times throughout my career, it become a guidepost for me. Now with his passing we are left with our experiences of hearing him in person, which I have done several times including this past December, or more recently in the past couple of days, online.

His voice still speaks to us. I would suggest that the Steven Heller interview from 2014 on Vimeo is one of the best examples of his passion, fortitude (I can't image I will be as clear-headed at 85) and somber advice to graphic designers, young and old. It will be a source of continued admiration for the man and a resource for reminding myself to “do no harm”.

Milton Glaser | Offset 2014