Gail Anderson Collection


Designer Gail Anderson spent fifteen years at Rolling Stone, where she ultimately became Senior Art Director. She defined the magazine’s visual style through conceptual typography, employing traditional and non-traditional materials to form letters and symbols. In 2002, Anderson moved to SpotCo, an agency specializing in arts and entertainment advertising, where she was Creative Director of Design; she was also a partner in Anderson Newton Design. Anderson is both an SVA alumnus and longtime faculty member of the College’s BFA Design Department and Pre-College Program; she has co-authored numerous books on design. She is currently the Director of Design and Digital Media at the Visual Arts Press, SVA’s in-house design studio.

General Physical Description

Two boxes and one flat file drawer.

Scope and Contents

The Anderson Collection consists of 26 theater posters, 9 books, and 15 issues of Rolling Stone art directed by Anderson.


This collection is open for research.


Gail Anderson Collection, [series. item]. Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives, Visual Arts Foundation, New York.

Acquisition Information

The Gail Anderson Collection was acquired as a gift from Gail Anderson.

Container List

Milton Glaser Design Archive > Gail Anderson Collection > Series 1. Posters
Golden Theatre. A Beheading in Spokane by Martin McDonagh
Palace Theatre. All Shook Up
Royale Theatre. Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
Golden Theatre. Avenue Q ("I am not a closeted homowhatever!")
Golden Theatre. Avenue Q ("Slightly overweight puppet seeking soulmate")
Golden Theatre. Avenue Q ("Warning: Full Puppet Nudity")
Golden Theatre. Avenue Q (What the fuzz are you looking at?")
Cort Theatre. Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon
Roundabout Theatre. Brief Encounter by Noel Coward
St. James Theatre. Finian's Rainbow
Belasco Theatre. Julius Caesar (starring Denzel Washington)
Marquis Theatre. La Cage Aux Folles ("La romance… La spectacle...")
Longacre Theatre. La Cage Aux Folles ("The musical with something extra")
Colonial Theatre (Boston). Lennon
Plymouth Theatre. Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill
Martin Beck Theatre. Man of La Mancha
Roundabout Theatre. Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
Golden Theatre. Oleanna by David Mamet
Neil Simon Theatre. Ragtime: The Musical
Roundabout Theatre. Sondheim on Sondheim
Music Box Theatre. Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts
Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Sweet Charity (starring Christina Applegate)
Booth Theatre. The Good Body by Eve Ensler
Roundabout Theatre. The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang
Circle in the Square Theatre. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Roundabout Theatre. Tin Pan Alley Rag by Mark Saltzman
Hilton Theatre. Young Frankenstein: The New Mel Brooks Musical
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Gail Anderson Collection > Series 2. Books
AIGA Design Legends Gala
American Typeplay by Gail Anderson and Steven Heller (New York: PBC Library of Applied Design)
Graphic Wit: The Art of Humor in Design by Gail Anderson and Steven Heller (New York: Watson-Guptill Publications)
New Ornamental Type: Decorative Lettering in the Digital Age by Gail Anderson and Steven Heller (New York: Thames & Hudson)
New Vintage Type: Classic Fonts for the Digital Age by Gail Anderson and Steven Heller (New York: Watson-Guptill Publications)
The Designer's Guide to Astounding Photoshop Effects by Gail Anderson and Steven Heller (Cincinnati, Ohio: How Design Book)
The Savage Mirror: The Art of Contemporary Caricature by Gail Anderson and Steven Heller (New York: Watson-Guptill Publications)
Typography 22: The Annual of the Type Directors Club (New York: HBI/Harper Collins)
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Gail Anderson Collection > Series 3. Magazines
Graphic Design USA (Gail Anderson - 2010 Person to Watch), January-February 2010
Step Inside Design ("Gail Anderson: Versatile Typophile"), May-June 2008
Rolling Stone, issue 561, September 21, 1989
Rolling Stone, issue 559, August 24, 1989
Rolling Stone, issue 565, November 16, 1989
Rolling Stone, issue 575, April 5, 1990
Rolling Stone, issue 577, May 3, 1990
Rolling Stone, issue 608/609, July 11-25, 1991
Rolling Stone, issue 612, September 5, 1991
Rolling Stone, issue 614, October 3, 1991
Rolling Stone, issue 621, January 9, 1992
Rolling Stone, issue 624, February 20, 1992
Rolling Stone, issue 625, March 5, 1992
Rolling Stone, issue 626, March 19, 1992
Rolling Stone, issue 627, April 2, 1992
Rolling Stone, issue 631, May 28, 1992
Rolling Stone, issue 639, September 17, 1992