Longtime BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department faculty member James Victore has compiled a selection of “greatest hits” from his body of graphic design work into a new book, Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss? (Abrams, 2010). Starting with the title and moving through the fold-out poster book jacket and the signature work for magazines, posters, SVA publications and more, the book captures Victore’s individualistic persona and visual style in more than 200 pages of text and images.
In the book’s introduction, fellow designer Michael Bierut writes of Victore, “His work, so personal, conveys ideas with the directness of a speeding freight train.” That directness is present throughout Who Died and Made You Boss?, whether it’s illustrating a specific story on the cover of The New York Times Magazine or designing posters that take a stand on social issues like the death penalty and the war in Iraq. In addition to chapters focusing on particular projects, Victore also includes sections on teaching and designing at SVA and his working relationship with MFA Design Department Co-chair Steven Heller.
To help celebrate the publication of the book, Victore is being joined by Bierut and fellow faculty member Paul Share, the book’s designer, for a conversation and book signing on Tuesday, September 14, 7pm, at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street. Admission is free and open to the public.