Thursday, February 28, 2008

All the Blog that's Fit to Post

Through a very wonderful connection, we were able to be taken through the New York Times building on 8th Avenue. They are in a new building now, which is really cool because it's "smart" and "green". (meaning the blinds adjust to where the sun is automatically and they use solar panels). Our group of 3 illustrators, 1 writer, and 2 photographers were especially excited to be there because we are all students looking into paths to follow once we've graduated. Josh Penrod, the Lead News Designer and Sports writer took us through several floors, the cafeteria, meeting rooms and the Op-Ed floor.

Original Illustrations!!!
ohhh my goshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I almost cried.

We came across this in one of the hallways of the Times. It's a sculpture/wall piece of old blockprint letters! It was awesome to see these in person because I have been studying the history of printing at Winthrop and these were the real thing- this is how it all began! I especially loved seeing the unmistakable 'New York Times' script and the famous box that reads "All the News That's Fit to Print"

We got to hear from Brian Rea, the Art Director from the Op-Ed page. He explained the process of how illustrators were hired and the time frame that illustrations needed to be turned around by for them to be printed. He gave us his card and told us to send him some of our work!

The Op-Ed floor has nice furniture, too. We made sure.

[Cam you guess who was Photoshopped into this picture?]

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