Marks Men. An Interview With Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar, and Sagi...

The publication 'Identify: Basic Principles of Identity Design in the Iconic Trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar' looks back at the last half century of work by Chermayeff & Geismar, the design studio behind many of the world’s most recognizable trademarks: Chase Bank, the Library of Congress, NBC, National Geographic, PBS, Showtime, and many others. Established in 1957, the firm helped pioneer the modern movement of idea-driven graphic design, and its projects span every discipline, including visual identities, exhibitions, print and motion graphics, and art in architecture. Print Magazine talked to Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar, and Sagi Haviv, about swooshes (never!), whether Paul Rand shares responsibility for Enron (no), and who is really the boss (none of them).

Cory Schmitz. Graphic Designer for PlayStation, Oculus, Indie Games, and More

A picture might be worth a thousand words but a good logo is a promise. Graphic design should be functional, in an accessible form....

Marian Bantjes. A woman of letters

'I Wonder' is a book that turns heads. As I read it on rail journeys to and from work, I notice many people around me sneaking glances at it, wondering what this sumptuously decorated tome was. Theirs is an entirely appropriate response to a book of essays by the Canadian artist Marian Bantjes, beginning with one on the sense of wonder, then turning into a journey of contemplation on subjects ranging from honour and remembrance to hideous signage in Saskatoon, a city in central Canada, and Santa Claus.

Jessica Hische. Equal parts design, brown sugar, and heavy cream

American typographer Jessica Hische tells us everything about typography, we learn about her work, life and what she enjoys in her spare time. “Jessica Hische’s work combines equal parts design, typography, illustration, brown sugar, and heavy cream.”

Stefan Sagmeister shares happy design

The Power of Time Off Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their...

Letterror, designers and programmers

A discussion from the late 1990s with Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum about their work as type designers designing programmers.

Twenty Over Eighty. Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design

Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith have interviewed 20 of the greatest in 20th-century design for their new book that covers the waterfront - from...

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.

The Glass Ceiling

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from politics to social matters to cultural issues. March the 8th is...

Andrew Howard. Personal Views

Andrew Howard coordinates the Personal Views Conference. It is an attempt to explore where the boundaries of contemporary practice lie. Series Six asked speakers to trace their personal design journeys.

Berghs’ Exhibition ’11: ‘Fear of Failure’

As part of their 2011 graduation projects from Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm students dissected, discussed, learned and listened how overcoming the fear of failure is the only path to take if you're aiming for success. Video interviews with Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Wolff, Wally Olins, and 12 other creatives.

Akira Kobayashi. Letters Do Not Stand By Themselves

Like all type designers, Akira Kobayashi believes that good typography reinforces the meaning of the text. He has a background in art and calligraphy and has been a freelance type designer for 18 years. Originally from Japan, Akira is a frequent speaker at type conferences and workshops in Europe, the Americas and Asia, and he has served as a judge in prestigious international type design competitions.

Ellen Lupton. Mixing Messages. Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture

Since 1984, 85, the big story in design education has been the reworking of design curriculum. There has been a movement away from two main tracks: commercial formalism and the straightforward modernist program. Post-modernism has had an effect on design curriculum. I am thinking particularly of Cranbrook, Cal Arts, and RISD, where there has been a turning away from a purely formal approach to a more literary one.

Hannah Chan-Hartley. ‘Listening guides’ visualise classical music

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘listening guides’ make use of symbols and morse code-like notation to aid the experience of a live performance. Hannah Chan-Hartley explains how she helps the TSO to visualise its repertoire.

Kurt Weidemann. I’m a Serviceman, a Package Porter at the Station

Kurt Weidemann was one of the most influential typographers of the 20th century. Weidemann helped form the identities of companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Zeiss, and Deutsche Bahn, changing their corporate designs not only for the better, but for the best.