Underworld / Tomato. All the Dirt is Beautiful

Admirers of the electronic duo Underworld—composer/producer Rick Smith and vocalist/lyricist/guitarist Karl Hyde—are likely familiar with the UK band’s albums, from 1993’s tenebrous odyssey dubnobasswithmyheadman to 2007’s ruminative Oblivion with Bells. Most casual music fans have heard Underworld’s propulsive hit single “Born Slippy. NUXX” from the film Trainspotting. Not as widely known is that Smith and Hyde are two of eight cofounders of the 17-year-old art and design collective Tomato. Interview on the occassion of an event, entitled Beautiful Burnout ArtJam: The Art of Underworld, which offered a fragment of the collective’s drawings, film, soundscapes, paintings, prints, film, and photography.

Josef Müller-Brockmann. Grid Systems in Graphic Design

Josef Müller-Brockmann (1914−1996) studied architecture, design and history of art in Zurich and worked as a graphic designer and teacher. His work is recognized...

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?).

Adrian Shaughnessy. How to be a graphic designer without loosing your...

What does it take to be a graphic designer in a time when the trappings of technology, fame, and fortune lure folks young and...

Modernism on Two Planes. A conversation with Wim Crouwel and Massimo...

The grandfathers of modernism, Wim Crouwel and Massimo Vignelli graced the AIGA/NY chapter last night, Thursday 25 October, with anecdotes of their personal lives their careers as designers—for them, one in the same. Each spoke about several projects selected by Alice Twemlow, chair of the MFA Design Criticism program at SVA, who moderated this historical evening. In fact, this is the first time that Wim Crouwel has spoken in New York since 1965.

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....

Jennifer Sterling Finally Gets the Last Word

Having lived and worked on both coasts, Jennifer Sterling knows a thing or two about cultural and political discourse in design. Her illustrative typographic renderings have produced praise and ignited loathsome critiques from her peers.

Derek Birdsall. Notes on book design

In a career spanning more than forty years, Derek Birdsall has achieved renown as a leading book designer in Britain. This practical and inspirational...

Jean Francois Porchez. The more restrictions I have, the more creative...

You’ll see his typefaces on the Paris Métro, gracing the pages of France’s premier newspaper, Le Monde, in magazines and books; even Beyoncé uses them. He was awarded the Prix Charles Peignot for excellence in type design, was president of ATypI, designed one of the best modern-day type revivals, and…. Well, there’s so much more that can be said by way of introducing this great talent of type, but I think John D. Berry sums him up best when he writes, he is one hell of a type designer. Interview with I Love Typography.

Bureau. Author of social messages

In 1989, Donald Moffett and Marlene McCarty founded Bureau, a “trans-disciplinary design studio” whose mandate was to produce art, film titles, political work, and brand identities. Bureau was a multidisciplinary design studio and collaboration between principals Donald Moffett and Marlene McCarty, with Claudia Brandenburg, Kiers Alexandra, Mary Day, Lucy Hitchcock, and Gabriel Feliciano, who viewed their unique design studio as a service provider and, more significantly, as an author of social messages.

Looking Closer 5: Critical Writings on Graphic Design

Looking Closer 5 (2007) The final installment in this acclaimed series offers astute and controversial discussions on contemporary graphic design from 2001 to 2005. This...

Alan Fletcher. The art of looking sideways

The Art of Looking Sideways - labeled 'the design book of the century' - is a primer in visual intelligence, an exploration of the workings of...

Piet Parra. Art is a big world

Piet Parra is a man of many talents. He designs, illustrates, and now he's in a band called Lele. (Piet provided the illustrations for the Lele track “Breakfast”). Anyone who has walked the streets of Amsterdam recently has spotted a Piet Parra, even if only from the corner of their eyes. His hand-drawn art work has graced many a flyer and poster, aswell as the occasional big brand campaign, CD covers and company logos. And let's not forget the T's of his Rockwell label. His themes and motifs have become the unique (and often imitated) trademarks of Parra's personal style: colorful letters, a world populated by hybrid humans, his 1970s retro-style drawings. And then there's this thing he has for voluptuous women. Submarinechannel called Piet up on the phone to discuss music, humor, drawing, and the meaning of his strange made-up words.

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...

Jennifer Heuer. Be wary of overthinking a project

Jennifer Heuer is a book designer based in Brooklyn. Formerly a designer at HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, she now runs her own studio out of the Pencil Factory.