Art Paul, Art Director Who Gave Playboy Its Look, Dies at 93 – The New York Times

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Probably the coolest thing about this story of Art Paul is that through his work and his innovations, he opened a whole new profession for artists who would have otherwise simply chosen a more traditional route for their careers.

More personally, I remember my Dad showing me at one point how that playboy logo was hidden on every cover of the magazine and from time to time found myself fascinated with trying to find it.

-John

“Paul understood that the balance between nude photography and sophisticated writing was the key to separating Playboy from a pulp girlie magazine,” Steven Heller, co-chairman of the design department at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, wrote in an email. “So he balanced the literary aesthetic of The New Yorker with the visual audacity of Esquire and created a format that evoked both seriousness and playfulness.” Mr. Holland, who began illustrating “Ribald Classics” stories for Playboy in 1968, said

Source: Art Paul, Art Director Who Gave Playboy Its Look, Dies at 93 – The New York Times

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