Stephen Doyle Collection

Date

1980 - 2012 (Date ranges)

Abstract

Stephen Doyle (b. 1956) is a graphic designer in New York City and principal and creative director of Doyle Partners. His branding and environmental design is known for being artfully demotic, often deceptively understated, mixing the handmade and the cerebral, never tongue in cheek but often with a sly wink. Often humorous, his work is always thought provoking, equally at home in muted earth tones as in glossy neon. A description of his branding for Martha Stewart—“clean typography, bright colors, and beautiful photography”— could very well apply to all of his work. A notable and enduring aspect to his work is an attention to words and type and simple but striking visual puns (his former partner, William Drenttel, called him “a graphic wordsmith”), often taking on sculptural dimensions, especially large-scale anamorphic text works for MTV and the New York Times Magazine, reflecting a career-long consideration of space and texture in design. The collection comprises mainly printed materials designed by Stephen Doyle or his associates at Drenttel Doyle Partners and later at Doyle Partners. These include posters, promotional material for Drenttel Doyle and Doyle Partners, and various other print and three-dimensional design. Doyle has served on the faculty of MFA Design at SVA since ???? BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE Stephen Doyle is principal and creative director at Doyle Partners, a graphic design and advertising studio in New York City. Doyle studied at the Cooper Union under George Sadek, graduating in 1978, followed by stints as associate art director at Esquire and then Rolling Stone. In 1983, he joined M & Co., leaving after two years to start Drenttel Doyle Partners with William Drenttel and Tom Kluepfel, working with clients such as IBM, Champion Paper, and Spy magazine. After Drenttel left in 1997, Doyle continued under the name Doyle Partners. Doyle Partners is involved in graphic design and illustration, branding, identity systems, environmental graphics, packaging, and web design. Projects for notable clients include identity and marquee for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, branding and design for Tishman Speyer and Martha Stewart, identity and environmental design for Barnes and Noble, branding and wayfinding for the Cummins Distribution headquarters, and album art for the musician David Byrne. His book-page artworks, which he calls "hypertext sculptures," can be seen in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and on SVA subway posters from 2017.

General Physical Description

Three manuscript boxes, one record carton, thirty-four posters, sixteen large-format bound notebooks.

Scope and Contents

The Stephen Doyle Collection comprises mainly printed materials designed by Stephen Doyle or his associates at Drenttel Doyle Partners and later at Doyle Partners. These include posters for advertising, branding, editorial; notebooks and packets promoting the work of Drenttel Doyle Partners and later Doyle Partners and branding and identity presentations and proposals for various clients; miscellaneous printed material and objects, including promotional packages for Martha Stewart Living and Champion Paper; books, exhibition catalogs, CDs and LPs, and periodicals designed by Doyle, Doyle Partners, and Drenttel Doyle Partners.

Arrangement

Material is arranged into nine series reflecting the nature and function of the material.

Citation

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

Acquisition Information

The Stephen Doyle Collection was acquired as a gift from Stephen Doyle.

Container List

Milton Glaser Design Archive > Stephen Doyle Collection > Series 1. Posters
LOC TITLE DATE

D 81 F 1

AIGA/Yupo. Vote, 18 in W x 27 in Hn.d.

D 81 F 9

World Financial Center. Hot!, 24 in W x 37 in Hn.d.

D 81 F 1

AIGA/NY. 30 Years (Here is New York), 24 in W x 36 in H2012

D 81 F 1

AIGA/NY. Fresh Dialogue: Making Magazines, 17 in W x 22 in H2006

D 81 F 1

Art Directors Club. Fall Paper Expo, 19 in W x 30 in H2001

D 81 F 1

Art Directors Club. Festival of Fame Benefit Gala, 24 in W x 34 in H2008

D 81 F 2

Champion International Corporation. Benefit Color Company. A Benechromatic Map of the USA, 36 ½ in W x 24 in H1996

D 81 F 2

Children’s Defense Fund – New York. Stand for Quality Child Care, 19 in W x 30 in H1998

D 81 F 2

Columbia Journalism School. Columbia Publishing Course, 19 in W x 30 in Hn.d.

D 81 F 5

New York Gay Film Festival, Design credit: The X Press, 19 in W x 19 in H1980

D 81 F 3

Heirloom Harvest. Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures, Book by Amy Goldman, photographs by Jerry Spagnoli, 36 in W x 24 in H2015

D 81 F 2

Here. Phaedra, 19 in W x 30 in H1995

D 81 F 4

Live a Little, 39 in W x 25 in Hn.d.

D 81 F 4

Museum of Modern Art. An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, 18 in W x 24 in H1984

D 81 F 4

National Poetry Month. Bright Objects Hypnotize the Mind, 21 ½ in W x 26 ¾ in H2011

D 81 F 5

New York Times Magazine. “Gratitude” installation for “Teaching Character”, 21 ½ in W x 26 ¾ in H2011

D 81 F 5

New York Times Magazine. “Grit” installation for “Teaching Character”, 21 ½ in W x 26 ¾ in H2011

D 81 F 5

New York Times Magazine. “Optimism” installation for “Teaching Character”, 21 ½ in W x 26 ¾ in H2011

D 81 F 5

New York Times Magazine. “Curiosity” installation for “Teaching Character”, 21 ½ in W x 26 ¾ in H2011

D 81 F 5

New York Times Magazine. “Zest” installation for “Teaching Character”, 21 ½ in W x 26 ¾ in H2011

D 81 F 6

Queens Museum. Artists Make Art, 23 ½ in W x 32 ½ in H1984

D 81 F 6

Type Directors Club. Forty-first Annual Exhibition Call for Entries, 19 in W x 30 in H1994

D 81 F 6

Virgin Records. David Byrne. Look Into the Eyeball, 18 in W x 24 in H2001

D 81 F 7

World Financial Center. Celebrate October 12 to October 26, 24 in W x 35 ½ in H1988

D 81 F 7

World Financial Center. Celebrate Prague, 26 in W x 38 in H1994

D 81 F 8

World Financial Center. Festival of Light and Sound Arts and Events, 24 in W x 36 in H1992

D 81 F 8

World Financial Center. Festival of Light and Sound Holiday 1989 Arts and Events Program, 24 in W x 36 in H1989

D 81 F 8

World Financial Center. Festival of Light and Sound Arts and Events, 24 in W x 36 in H1991

D 81 F 8

World Financial Center. Festival of Light and Sound Arts and Events, 24 in W x 36 in H1990

D 81 F 7

World Financial Center. Children’s Book and Activity Fair, 17 in W x 25 in H1990

D 81 F 7

World Financial Center. Children’s Book and Activity Fair, 17 in W x 25 in H1990

D 81 F 9

World Financial Center. You’re So Cold You’re a Polar Bear!, 24 in W x 37 in Hn.d.

D 81 F 9

World Financial Center. Warmer!, 24 in W x 37 in Hn.d.

D 81 F 9

World Financial Center. Really Really Really Warm!, 24 in W x 37 in Hn.d.
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Stephen Doyle Collection > Series 2. Presentation Notebooks
LOC TITLE DATE

D 82

American Express – Dateline International presentationSeptember 1990

D 82

World Financial Center. City Tales: Commemorative Book to Celebrate the Opening of the World Financial Center1988

D 82

World Financial Center1988

D 82

World Financial Centern.d.

D 82

Times Square Business Improvement District Banner proposals, ;November 7, 2002

D 82

Spy Fashion Supplement – Pictures That TalkFall 1990

D 82

River Brand1989

D 82

Paper Samples: Barnes & Noble, Champion Benefit, Martha Stewart, Starwoodn.d.

D 82

The Jewish Museum, Book 1 & 21990

D 82

Ellen Tracy Companyn.d.

D 82

Doyle Partners: 11 Quick Case Studies and 2 Explorationsc. 2003

D 82

Drenttel Doyle Partners, Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design submission1994

D 82

Drenttel Doyle Partners overview1989

D 82

Dana Buchmann.d.

D 82

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Identity Program Guidelinesn.d.

D 82

Coach. The Coach Brand: A 4-Dimensional Experience in Space – TimeDecember 1, 1995

B 1 F 1

53rd Street/Fifth Avenue Exhibition Redesign ProposalJune 4, 1990

B 1 F 3

NYZS: The Wildlife Conservation Society: The Indicator Species: Representational Applications of an Identity ProgramMarch 1993

B 1 F 2

Hewitt Associates Logo PresentationMarch 7, 1996

B 1 F 1

Hewitt Associates Logo ExploratoryJuly 24, 1996

B 1 F 2

The Gap: Work in Progress1992

B 1 F 1

Flixn.d.

B 1 F 1

Doyle Partners overview1998
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Stephen Doyle Collection > Series 3. Presentation Packets
LOC TITLE DATE

B 1 F 5

Bath and Body Worksn.d.

B 1 F 7

B 2 F 3, 4

Top of the Rock Logon.d.

B 5 F 1

Cooper Union Logon.d.

B 5 F 3

Martha Stewart Logo Presentationn.d.

B 5 F 4

Martha Stewart Logosn.d.

B 5 F 7

Starwood Logosn.d.

B 5 F 6

Searsn.d.

B 1 F 6

B 5 F 5

Sanders Compsn.d.

B 5 F 2

Martha Stewart Logo Show – packet for presentationn.d.

B 6 F 1, 2

Tishman Speyer logo presentationn.d.
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Stephen Doyle Collection > Series 4. Miscellaneous Print and 3D Material
LOC TITLE DATE

D 82

Eighty South Street by Santiago Calatrava promotional materialsc. 2007

D 82

Martha Stewart Living promotional box and print materialsn.d.

D 81 F 10

The New York Times. Week in Review section. “The Great Rupture”July 4, 2010

B 1 F 4

Cooper-Hewitt Museum identity guidelinesn.d.

B 2 F 5

World Financial Center brochuresn.d.

B 1 F 8-10

B 2 F 1-4

B 4

B 6 F 5

Champion Benefit. Miscellaneous samples1999, n.d.

B 7 F 3

That’s the Way I Feel Now: A Tribute to Thelonius Monk album cover1984

B 7 F 2

River Brand portfolion.d.

B 7 F 1

Memphis: The Condominiums promotional package (M & Co.)c. 1982
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Stephen Doyle Collection > Series 5. Original Art and Mechanicals
LOC TITLE DATE

D 81 F 12

Cut paper leaf, 28 in W x 20 in Hn.d.

D 81 F 12

The New York Times. Week in Review section. Original cut paper art (flag) for “The Great Rupture”, 20 in W x 12 in H2010

D 81 F 11

Spy (magazine). Title original art1986

D 81 F 11

Spy (magazine). Mechanical for issue no. 1October 1986

D 81 F 11

Spy (magazine). Mechanical for issue no. 2November 1986

B 7 F 4

Speak Up. If You Know of a Weapon Threat…, 14 ½ in W x 18 ½ in Hn.d.

B 7 F 5

Window Room Furniture art and sketches, pencil on paper (7 sheets)n.d.
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Stephen Doyle Collection > Series 6. CD Packaging
LOC TITLE DATE

B 2

David Byrne. Look Into the Eyeball (Virgin)2001

B 2

David Byrne. U.B. Jesus (Virgin)2001

B 2

Natalie Cole. Unforgettable… with Love (Elektra)1991

B 2

Ry Cooder and Manuel Galban. Mambo Sinuendo (Nonesuch)2003

B 2

Bill Frisell. The Intercontinentals (Nonesuch)2003

B 2

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. Here Lies Love (Original Cast Recording) (Nonesuch)2014

B 3

Jim White. No Such Place (Luaka Bop)2001

B 3

Steve Reich. You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch)2005

B 3

Sam Phillips. A Boot and a Shoe (Nonesuch)2004

B 3

Nonesuch Explorer Series. Tahiti: The Gauguin Years2003

B 3

Nonesuch Explorer Series. Paraguay: Guarani Songs and Dances2003

B 3

Nonesuch Explorer Series. Bali: Music From the Morning of the World2003

B 3

Nonesuch Explorer Series. The Bahamas: The Real Bahamas, Volume II2003

B 3

Nonesuch Explorer Series. Animals of Africa: Sounds of the Jungle2002

B 3

Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman. Song X: Twentieth Anniversary (Nonesuch)2005

B 3

Metheny / Mehldau (Nonesuch)2006
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Stephen Doyle Collection > Series 7. Books and Catalogs
LOC TITLE DATE

B 2 F 6

Wildlife Conservation Society. Saving Wildlife Since 18951994

B 3

William Wegman. Fay (Hyperion)1999

B 3

Tod Williams. Window Room Furniture (Rizzoli)1981

B 3

Jeffrey J. Williams. How to Be an Intellectual (Fordham University Press)2014

B 3

Veronique Vienne. French Style (Express)1993

B 3

Stephen Colbert. I Am America (And So Can You!) (Grand Central Publishing)2007

B 3

Hans Deichmann. Objects: A Chronicle of Subversion in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy (Marsilio)1997

B 3

Richard Diebenkorn Prints 1961-1992. Greenberg Van Doren Gallery2012

B 3

Diane Forley. The Anatomy of a Dish (Artisan/Workman)2002

B 3

Type Directors Club 1995 Annual (Watson Guptill)1995

B 3

James Salter. Still Such. Published by William Drenttel1992

B 3

Separated at Birth (A Spy Book) (Doubleday)1988

B 3

Richard Martin (editor). The New Urban Landscape (exhibition at World Financial Center)1988

B 3

Cameron Martin: Bracket. Greenberg Van Doren Gallery2011

B 3

Andrea Lunsford et al. Everyone’s an Author (Norton)2013

B 3

Armand J. Labbe. Shamans, Gods, and Mythic Beasts: Colombian Gold and Ceramics in Antiquity (University of Washington Press)1999

B 3

Dislocations. Museum of Modern Art1991
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Stephen Doyle Collection > Series 8. Periodicals
LOC TITLE DATE

B 2 F 8

Spy magazine, September 1990September 1990

B 2 F 8

Spy magazine, March 1990March 1990

B 2 F 7

Spy magazine, January-February 1987January-February 1987

B 2 F 7

Spy magazine, December 1986December 1986

B 2 F 7

Spy magazine, November 1986 (Paulina Porizkova)November 1986

B 2 F 7

Spy magazine, October 1986 (Chris Elliott)October 1986

B 7 F 6

IBM. Think Magazine, Vol 3, No 11998

B 7 F 6

IBM. Think Magazine, Vol 3, No 21998
Milton Glaser Design Archive > Stephen Doyle Collection > Series 9. About Stephen Doyle
LOC TITLE DATE

B 2 F 10

Baseline. Feature on Drenttel Doyle book design1992

B 2 F 9

The Manuscript Illuminated. Group exhibition including Stephen Doyle, Columbia College Chicago Center for the Book and Paper Arts2001