Printer’s Society
Boston January 6, 2021

What Herbert Matter Taught Me about Making a Book

Learn about book-making with John T Hill, author and designer of the recently published Norman Ives:Constructions & Reconstructions. Hear about Hill’s process and how it applies to books on Ives, Herbert Matter and Walker Evans This virtual talk explained the history of Hill’s own book-making process—which falls outside the traditional purview of book design. Watching his teacher Herbert Matter’s 25-year gestation of his monumental Alberto Giacometti book planted the notion that time and money need not be limitations for an artist devoted to a goal.

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POWERHOUSE BOOKS presented the virtual book launch for Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions by John T. Hill
November 10, 2020.

Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions is an in-depth chronicle of the spirit and genius of master fine artist and renowned graphic designer Norman Ives. This book introduces unseen treasures and fully defines Ives’s signature use of letterform fragments. The book is a work of art. At 312 pages with 400 illustrations, the book’s author and designer John T. Hill captures the brilliant variety and vitality of his work. He was Ives’s student and teaching colleague at the Yale University School of Art where he taught both graphic design and photography. Hill co-founded Yale’s first Department of Photography and was its first director of graduate studies.

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Yale Club Lecture Series
September 9, 2020

Designer and author Steven Heller and author John T. Hill discussed his new book, Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions. Hill was a former student who became a colleague and close friend of Ives. Hill and Heller explored the complexity and creative process of Ives’s work, defining his multi-faceted career as a painter, printmaker, graphic designer, teacher and publisher.

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Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions
Thu, Jun 4, 2020

A sold-out audience joined designer and author Steven Heller for an online conversation with John T. Hill, author and graphic designer about his forthcoming book, Norman Ives: Constructions & Reconstructions. Sponsored by the Museum of Art and Design in New York, they discussed the complex works and creative process that defined Ives’s prolific career as an artist, graphic designer, teacher and publisher. Ives was a modern master .