Robert Newman, creative director extraordinaire
When I caught wind of the Newmanology tumblr site, I was struck aesthetically by each beautiful selection. I was reminded of how attractive popular Black culture (magazines, advertisements, etc.) is, from a design standpoint. Then I discovered Newmanology’s curator is Robert Newman, creative director of Reader’s Digest. Ironically, the blog is no where near as mainstream as Reader’s Digest. The tumblr site contains examples of appealing designwork that I imagine Newman deems exceptional with an undeniable nod to African-Americana.
I was astounded to discover that Newman was also the designer of 1990’s progressive Village Voice. I’ve preserved numerous Village Voice articles from my high school years, intrigued by the journalism as much as the layout. Take a look at what a design veteran shares on tumblr.