DJ Stout: A Designer with an Eye for Texas

Editorial design is the art of storytelling, and DJ Stout’s brand of it is uniquely American. Western American. As art director for Texas Monthly, he created memorable work that defined his field. As head of Pentagram, the Austin-based design firm that has become world-renowned, Stout has continued to innovate with his inimitable, often humorous perspectives. Join us this Wednesday, 3/2 at 7PM when DJ shares how his Texas heritage has influenced his work. He’ll speak & sign Variations on a Rectangle: Thirty Years of Graphic Design from Texas Monthly to Pentagram.

You don’t have to live in Texas to recognize DJ Stout’s work – he’s helmed the Austin office of one of the most important graphic design companies in the world for over 15 years. But around these parts, he’s a big deal.

During the 13 years he spent as art director of Texas Monthly, Stout created iconic covers that helped the magazine receive nominations for 10 National Magazine Awards (the editorial Oscars). Other Texas projects of Stout’s have included The Contemporary Austin and the annual Texas Book Festival posters. (Our digital media coordinator has one framed on her wall.)

Watch as DJ discusses the impact of his heritage on his artistic sensibility with Creative Mornings:

ed37aa8831b6518b0c31fa22a47a9df8Fun Fact: DJ’s first book was about the Alpine Cowboys baseball club to which his father belonged. “I was born in a little hospital just “a long home run” over the center field fence of that Alpine Cowboys cover ball park where the Cowboys still play today.”


We hope you will join us when DJ speaks & signs in our store Wednesday night!

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