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Charles Hively (3×3 Magazine) – ICONIC Podcast

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Episode 36 – Part One 26th September 2006

In this three part series of ICONIC Erik J. Olsen talks to the publisher Charles Hively of 3×3 magazine. They start out the conversation talking about his background, what led to starting 3×3 and many other great topics on this episode of ICONIC.

Episode 37 – Part Two 3rd October 2006

In part two Erik J. Olsen continues his conversation with the Charles. They start out the conversation talking about Charles philosophy of the “Think Again” approach to design, Chrome verses Hand Drawn and many other great topics on this episode of ICONIC.

Episode 38 – Part Three 10th October 2006

In the conclusion with this series of ICONIC Erik J. Olsen continues his conversation with the Publisher Charles Hively. They start out the conversation talking about when the light goes off in students discovering how to use illustration, building relationships with Art Directors and many other great topics on this episode of ICONIC.


Charles4Introduction: Charles Hively serves as both publisher and design director of 3×3 magazine. Wearing more than one hat is nothing new for Charles. He’s a designer, ex-advertising agency head of two creative agencies, creative director, art director, sometime copywriter and photographer. And sometimes all of the above, all at once.

His background began in illustration and after college he formed his first advertising agency, “I wanted to combine my love for illustration with concept and design.” Awards came to the agency and a chance to work in a larger market prompted Hively to join a larger agency where he got to work with some of the best illustrators and photographers in the country.

Hively has received over 400 industry awards from the Art Directors Club, The One Show Gold Pencil, Clios, AIGA, EFFIEs, Andys, CA Magazine, Graphis, Print and regional ad and design clubs.

After owning another agency for thirteen years and being a creative director in New York and then working for Graphis as a co-publisher Hively now enjoys this new avenue. “At 3×3 I get to look at illustrators from all over the world and invite them to be a part of something new, it’s truly exciting and I don’t even consider it work.”

3×3 has received honors from the Society of Publication Designers and CA Magazine.

Charles is also principal of HivelyDesigns which handles branding, package design, advertising and editorial design for a variety of clients. The design group has been responsible for introducing a brand new women’s magazine in 2005 and the recent redesign of a new student art magazine. Charles associate, Sarah Munt, is a graduate of Parsons and serves as art director of the new student magazine, Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Arts and Design. The studio is located in Brooklyn.

More Info: http://3x3mag.com/


ICONIC The Illustration Podcast was originally created by Erik J. Olsen in 2006 and hosted by IllustrationMundo.

ICONIC The Illustration Podcast was originally created by Erik J. Olsen in 2006 and hosted by IllustrationMundo.

Episode 36 contains:

a. Charles Background…
b. Direction…
c. An Open door…
d. Larger Markets…
e. Ed Sorel…
f. Graphis…
g. Renaissance…
h. The Toolbox…
i. The Bad Wrap….
j. Point of Difference….
k. Inspirations…
l. Success Stories…
m. The Web….
n. The Process of 3×3…
o. The Old Steam Engine, Chug, Chug….
p. Thank you…

Episode 37 contains:

a. Think Again…
b. Chrome vs. Hand-Drawn…
c. Lets Draw…
d. Reintroducing Illustration to Students …
e. Renaissance…
f. Rock Stars of today…
g. A New Name for Illustration…
h. Beautiful work…
i. Momentum….
j. ICON Santa Fe, New Mexico ….
k. Illustrators are a Rare Breed…
l. The Internet & Computer…
m. The Fuzzy Line….

Episode 38 contains:

a. Words…
b. When the light goes off…
c. Communication…
d. Relationships…
e. The best part as a publisher…
f. Getting the word out…
g. Exposure…
h. When Charles kicks back…
i. Conclusion….