Interviews with John Van Hamersveld
In his award-winning career which has spanned more than 50 years, iconic graphic artist John Van Hamersveld designed the classic “Endless Summer” film poster, the famous "Pinnacle Hendrix" poster, the Jefferson Airplane Indian poster, his signature Johnny Face, the packaging design for The Rolling Stone's Exile on Main Street, the album design of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour, the official poster and mural for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, the identity of Jimmy’z surf brand, the identity of Gotcha surfwear, the branding and logos for Fatburger, the 2005 Duke Kahanamoku portrait for the Surfrider Foundation, the 2009 Billabong Pipeline Poster, the current Viva Vision "Signs of Life" Las Vegas Fremont Street experience, and this year’s album design for both Asher Roth and for The Gaslight Anthem, just to name a few of his projects. As art director at Capital Records in the 1960s and 1970s, he has created some of the most memorable album covers.
In getting to know John since first meeting him in 2010, my writing on his work includes numerous articles, interviews, press releases, book introductions, and more. Here is a sample of some of the Examiner articles: