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

Friday, May 8, 2020

3x3 Magazine is Back - Subscribe Before May 22

3x3 Magazine is back!

We’re pleased to announce that we’re bringing back 3x3 Magazine with both print and digital editions.

We’ve missed having the opportunity to promote contemporary illustrators and feel, even in this uncertain time that our publication is needed.

But it’s not just what we think. We asked our prior subscribers what they thought of the idea and got an overwhelming positive response, affirming our hopes of publishing 3x3 once again.

We’ve Added Some New Features
The basic format of 3x3 is the same: featuring three illustrators in each issue and publishing three times a year.

In addition to our profiles and surveys we’ve done in the past we’ve added some new features. We plan to cover the news from the industry, add book reviews and another feature, “Seen and Noted” where we present outstanding images from around the globe. We’ve formed an editorial staff and will hire writers and a copy editor to create our articles. And subscribers will get links to videos of several of our featured illustrators’ home/studio tours.

The magazine will not carry any advertising, it will be primarily subscription-based other than a limited newsstand presence in Europe through our London distributor and We will only offer annual subscriptions, so to get all three issues in 2020 you must subscribe by May 22. We will not accept subscriptions for the first three issues after that date. We’ll only print what is ordered alleviating the need for costly inventory storage. Our 2021 subscription deadline will be in January.

Our First Two Issues
Our first issue, Issue 23, will feature Melinda Beck, James Yang and Daniel Bueno with our Icon Joost Swarte—we're looking at going to press in a couple of weeks. Issue 24 features Dale Stephanos, Andrea Ventura and Piotr Leśniak and Philip Burke, Icon. We'll announce our third issue soon.

Print Subscription
Subscriptions for the United States will include free shipping and handling, subscriptions outside America will only add the actual postage cost.

Print, includes a free digital subscription
US Subscription = $36, including shipping
Canada Subscription = $45, including shipping
All other countries = $54, including shipping

Digital Subscription – Two Options
Our digital subscriptions will include two options, page-flip or the standard pdf. The page-flip option is just like having our magazine in front of you, turning pages to see each spread—perfect for a monitor or laptop. The pdf is good for smaller screens.

Digital Subscription = $30
Format will be page-flip and standard PDF

We will offer free digital issues to art directors here and abroad.

Size: 8.5x11.8-inches (21.59x29.97cm)
80-pages plus cover, with over 78 full-color images
3 issues produced during a calendar year

Annual Subscription Deadline: May 22, 2020

Order Today.

Cover art by Melinda Beck

Monday, March 23, 2020

Meet Our Illustrator Judges for Annual 17

As in years past we have gathered an outstanding group of illustrators for our jury. Here's a little about each one.

A graduate of the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, Rafael Alvarez is now based in Berlin. A few of his clients include ESPN—both print and online, Scientific America, Men’s Health, Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Sports Illustrated, The Washington Post, New York Times, as well as animated promotions for the NFL. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, Society of Illustrators, Society of News Design, Creative Quarterly, 3x3 and was a finalist in both the World Illustration Awards and Illustrative Berlin.

You’ll find Thomas Danthony in either London or Barcelona working on a client list that includes Google, New Yorker, Transport for London, Hennessy, The English National Opera among others. His work has been recognized in a number of award shows including the Cannes Lions and D&AD for his work in advertising campaigns. In addition, his gallery work has been shown in both Paris and New York.

Former advertising art director and creative director Takahisa Hashimoto now devotes his energy to illustration whether it’s book covers, posters for the Tobu Department Store or work for Mazda, TRANSIT magazine, WIRED or Yoga Journal. His long list of awards includes gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, Art Directors Club of New York and 3x3; other awards came from American Illustration, One Show, Tokyo Art Directors Club and Tokyo Illustrator Society as well as being named on of the top ten artist at Artexpo New York.

Blood Bros. is the brainchild of Tokyo-based illustrator and animator Emile Holmewood. Originally from New Zealand working as a graphic designer before making a career shift to illustration while living in London. His international roster of clients includes The Guardian, Apple, Bank of America, BBC, Harvard Business Review, Seamless and The Sunday Times to name a few.

A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, Tatsuro Kiuchi illustrates books—his first children’s book sold 200,000 copies worldwide, as well as book jackets, advertising campaigns and editorial. With clients in both Japan and America he’s worked for the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Fortune, Travel & Leisure, Bloomberg Businessweek, Golf Digest as well as FIFA, Airbnb, Penguin Books, Simon & Schuster, United Airlines, Starbucks to name just a few. He has gained recognition from Communication Arts, American Illustration, including five gold medals from the Society of Illustrators.

Born in Russia, Natalie Pudalov was educated at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and the Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, Germany. Now a full-time children’s book illustrator in Israel she’s a seven-time finalist at the Bologna Book Fair, a Golden Pinwheel winner in Shanghai, Best of the Best category in a recent Hii Illustration Show as well as Communication Arts, 3x3, Graphic Designers Association of Israel and winner of the Yossi Shtern Prize for illustration excellence.

Mexico City-born Cecilia Ruiz is an author, illustrator and graphic designer now based in Brooklyn. She has a degree in graphic design from Universidad Iberoamericana and a MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. Some of her clients include he New York Times, Google, Penguin Random House, Fast Company, Atlas Obscura, Dropbox and The Brooklyn Museum. Her debut children’s book as author/illustrator was considered the most imaginative books published in 2015 and her first picture book was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection.

We are pleased to have these distinguished illustrators on our jury along with art directors Benjamin BoursNathan HuangKatja Kollmann, Victoria Bee and design director Syndi Becker.

Our show is open to all illustrators, art directors, publishers, educators, students in all countries for commissioned, no-commissioned and personal work produced or published prior to our show deadline.

3x3 International Illustration Annual No. 17
Deadline: March 27, 2020 (midnight EST)
Late Deadline: April 3, 2020 (late fees apply)

Open for entries