Since 1959, William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White’s Elements of Style has been the go-to guidebook for writers looking to tighten up their prose and hone their authorial skills. The book has always been popular, but none of its matter-of-fact editions has ever been illustrated. That’s just changed with Penguin Press’ publication of Elements of Style Illustrated, which features visuals created by MFA Design Department faculty member Maira Kalman, who was assisted on the project by Peter Buchanan-Smith (MFA 2000 Design). Kalman also approached composer Nico Muhly, who last week presented the debut performance of another arm of the project – an Elements of Style song cycle – at the New York Public Library.
In other design news, MFA Design faculty member Stefan Sagmeister has been selected for a National Design Award, in the Communication Design category, by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. BFA Graphic Design instructor Paula Scher also received an honorable mention in the same category.
Image: Maira Kalman, from Elements of Style Illustrated, 2005.