Paula Scher meets Ellen Lupton. Rather be the Beatles than Philip...

Paula Scher has been a strong presence in the design field for almost four decades. As Pentagram’s leading lady — she joined the New York office in 1991 — she has shaped the face of clients ranging from Citibank to Perry Ellis and the MoMA. Scher’s work brightens the city with its exuberant imagery, drawn type, and vibrant use of colour that constantly convince viewers that they want to be a part of it.

2Rebels’ Denis Dulude meets Max Kisman

As far as Denis Dulude is concerned, Montreal doesn't have much of a type tradition, and a well-known UK designer (he won't reveal his name yet) once told him that there was nothing happening in type design in his city. Max Kisman interviewed Montreal-based designer Denis Dulude, the founder and spokesman of 2Rebels.

Andrew Blauvelt. Can Graphic Design Save Itself?

Can graphic design save itself? What exactly do we need to save ourselves from? Questions like these plagued me after reading Andrew Blauvelt’s essay in Emigre #64 Towards Critical Autonomy or Can Graphic Design Save Itself? This wasn’t the first time Blauvelt’s writing had incited me. Building Bridges: A Research Agenda for Education and Practice called for a refinement of graduate study and practice in graphic design. We should push beyond the limits already experienced. And that’s where his Emigre article put a bigger fire under me. Change what we do, not how we do it. It’s more about point of view than visualizing your point, with a great opportunity for revolutionary work. Obvious? For me it wasn’t.

James Victore. Your Work Is A Gift

What’s the value of your creative voice? A lot, according to designer James Victore. Using some of his own creative challenges as examples, Victore...

Arnulf Rainer. Übermalte Bücher

Books are objects with a special status, sacred in a way. Books are containers of knowledge, and when you made that knowledge your own, you...

Ellen Lupton. Thinking with Type

With the advent of the Macintosh computer and desktop publishing software in the 1980s, tasks once performed by others, such as typesetting and the...

Folkert Gorter. Thinking In The Future Tense

Folkert Gorter is functioning on a different level than the rest of us. The interaction designer and high concept community creator is the man behind online arenas such as SpaceCollective and Cargo, not to mention his own design studio, Superfamous.

Milton Glaser. Art is the most powerful instrument for survival

Milton Glaser (b.1929) is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. In 2004 he was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter, Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He opened Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and continues to produce work in many fields of design to this day.

Irma Boom about clients, handicraft and authority

When Irma Boom makes a book, it’s not just a book but the book. The 50-year-old Dutch designer can spend years researching a project, and she insists on being a partner, not an employee. But her imperiousness is in the service of creating an object that, whether it’s an acclaimed monograph on Sheila Hicks or a 2,136-page history of the Dutch conglomerate SHV, couldn’t have been designed for anyone else. Print’s managing editor, Michael Silverberg, met with Boom at a Starbucks on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to talk about why she hates "clients," can’t stand handicraft, and despises authority.

Irma Boom. Commemorative books are usually dull

Irma Boom, one of the world’s foremost book designers, discusses her working methods, preferences, and the nature of free-range design.

Milton Glaser talks with Chip Kidd

If graphic design has a grand master, then Milton Glaser is Michelangelo. The Dylan poster. The oh-so-ripped-off “I ‘Heart’ NY” logo. The image for Angels in America. New York magazine. Everything else.

Natalia Ilyin. Chasing the Perfect

A designer and design critic, Natasha Ilyin talked with Jason Tselentis of Under Consideration/Speak up about her great interest: the contemporary mythic imagery and symbols that designers manipulate, interpret, and act upon - often unconsciously.

Fingerprint. The art of using handmade elements in graphic design

Design is at a turning point. Our infatuation with—and the backlash against—technology is over. Today's best designers have learned to embrace its advantages and...

A conversation with Modise BlackDice of Negritude Republic

Modise BlackDice speaks about the hurdles he had to take to become an graphic designer in South Africa.

Stefan Sagmeister on what he has learned

Rockstar designer Stefan Sagmeister delivers a short, witty talk on life lessons, expressed through surprising modes of design (including ... inflatable monkeys?).