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Graphic Design: Richard Turley unleashes 45 artists on the American Illustration cover

Posted by Rob Alderson,

In his work for Bloomberg Businessweek designer and art director Richard Turley has long been feted for his interesting and unusual graphic treatments. But when it came to commissioning the cover for the new American Illustration Annual Richard decided that the best thing he could do was print it as a plan white affair and then: “get loads of artists, illustrators and designers to hand draw paint, print, scribble and generally deface and generally violate the books.”

So over the course of a single weekend 45 artists and designers (including Rose Blake, Paula Scher and Scott King) unleashed their talents on 288 copies of the book. The event is captured in the video below but the results are – as you’d probably imagine – pretty frisking fantastic. If you’re expecting one of these through the letterbox over the next few weeks, you’re in for an absolute treat…

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    Al Murphy for American Illustration 32

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    Chris Feczko for American Illustration 32

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    Chris Sharp for American Illustration 32

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    Edel Rodriguez for American Illustration 32

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    Ellen Weinstein for American Illustration 32

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    Jon Burgerman for American Illustration 32

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    Jordan Awan for American Illustration 32

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    Jungyeon Roh for American Illustration 32

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    Matt Dorfman for American Illustration 32

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    Monica Ramos for American Illustration 32

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    Richard Turley for American Illustration 32

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    Serge Bloch for American Illustration 32

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.