Edel Rodriguez
October 2008
SPD Speaker Panel, "This is How we Do it", this Thursday at SVA
I'll be one of the speakers at this event sponsored by The Society of Publication Designers.  The goal is to show the audience exactly how magazines are put together.  The panel will include art directors, an editor, a photo editor, and an illustrator.  We'll all be showing sketches, reference, inspiration, and describing the process of how we put it all together.
Click HERE and scroll down to read about all of the panelists.
Click HERE to sign up for the event.

Our Panelists
DESIGN: John Korpics  Principle, John Korpics Design, and former art director of InStyle, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly and others
DESIGN: Stravinski Pierre  Associate Art Director, Popular Mechanics
EDIT: Scott Omelianuk  Editor in Chief, This Old House Ventures and former Executive Editor at Esquire and Senior Editor at GQ
PHOTO: Marian Isel Barragán  Photo Editor, Complex
ILLUSTRATION: Edel Rodriguez  Illustrator, The New Yorker, TIME, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, The New York Times and others, and former art director at TIME
WEB: Steve Motzenbecker  Associate Art Director,
When? Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Where? School of Visual Arts Amphitheatre, 209 East 23rd St., 3rd floor (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) NYC
How Much?
FREE for all SPD Student Members!
FREE for SVA students!
$10 for SPD Professional Members
$15 for all others
Wanna Come? You must RSVP by 3pm Thursday, Oct. 30 by emailing us at
George Lois interview
Legendary Esquire art director on Esquire's recent electronic cover, Barry's New Yorker covers, what makes covers great, the importance of historical knowledge, teaching students, etc...
George Lois' Esquire covers with commentary can be seen HERE
Power of a photograph
When Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama, he mentioned this photograph of Elsheba Khan at the grave of her son, taken by Platon for The New Yorker.   I thought this was one of the more powerful parts of his endorsement:
Colin Powell:  "Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is no. That's not America. Is there something wrong with a seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion that he is a Muslim and might have an association with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
I feel particularly strong about this because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay, was of a mother at Arlington Cemetery and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone, and it gave his awards - Purple Heart, Bronze Star - showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death, he was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the head stone, it didn't have a Christian cross. It didn't have a Star of David. It has a crescent and star of the Islamic faith.
And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was fourteen years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he could serve his country and he gave his life."
Colin Powell endorsement of Barack Obama
Work for Soojin Buzelli
Article about nondiscrimination and diversity testing in the workplace.
Here are a number of illustrations I've done for Soojin at Plansponsor magazine over the last year or so.   The one above is in the current issue.   The articles are usually fairly abstract so Soojin lets the artists go off and create their own interpretation of the subject.  She's always interested in experimentation which makes working for her a lot of fun, but the endless possibilities can be a bit of a challenge as well.   Anyways, thanks to Soojin for supporting everyone's work!
Article about obtaining insurance because things can happen unexpectedly.
Article about performance (I think, this one is from a while ago)
Obama for 'Latina' Magazine
Here's a recent Obama portrait for an article about Latin women supporting Barack Obama.   It was art directed by Phoebe Flynn Rich. 
POLITICS 08 Exhibition
Here are some pictures from the POLITICS 08 opening and exhibition.  The show's last day is this Saturday, Oct. 4th.   I wanted to thank all of the artists that particitated, along with the staff at S.I. that helped hang the exhibit.   Kate Feirtag, Anelle Miller, Tim O'Brien and the rest of the museum comittee were a lot of help throughout the Summer as I tried to put the exhibit together.  Kate will soon be creating a spot on the S.I. website that shows all of the artwork, I'll let you know when it's all up there.
A couple of weeks ago, the Society brought in students from LaGuardia and Art and Design high schools, along with students from Parsons.  Stephen Kroninger and I spoke with them about the exhibit, political illustration, and the editorial side of the businesss.   It was good to have them there, as I think that art students need to be more aware of this type of work.  
The Society has printed this set of postcards of images from the show.   E-mail if you'd like one.   $15 and comes with a 'vote' button.
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