LettError meets Erik Spiekermann

Just van Rossum and Erik van Blokland make up the formidable typographic duo LettError. They both came out of the Royal Academy of Fine and Applied Arts in The Hague, the educational institution in the Dutch capital that turns out type-face designers. Both in their mid-twenties, they have already come a long way professionally. After working at MetaDesign in Berlin for a few years when they were fresh from the academy, they spent time at David Berlow's The Font Bureau Inc. in Boston, Adobe Systems in Mountain View, California, and many other type shops. Not always together, but constantly in touch, they have jointly designed typefaces, written programs, created onscreen movies, performed at conferences, and generally made themselves known among font mongers, online freaks, and ResEdit hackers. Wired sent Erik Spiekermann to meet the two and to suss out their take on typography today.

Why Sagmeister and Walsh works

The first eight pages of Stefan Sagmeister’s 2000 book Another Self-Indulgent Design Monograph is given over to a diagram called Timeline by the German designer Franziska Morlok. Art directed by Sagmeister himself, it begins with the Big Bang and uses a simple combination of lines and circles to chart the world from then onwards. Earth is formed on page six, jellyfish evolve near the end of page seven and neanderthals appear almost right at the bottom of the last page, just before a circle which represents “The entire history of graphic design.” In actual fact, as explained in a footnote, this last marker throws the whole scale off and it should be drawn as one ten thousandth of an inch.

Aaron Marcus. Understanding by Design

Aaron Marcus is a visionary thinker, designer, and writer, well-respected in international professional communities associated with Web, user interface, human factors, graphic design, publishing, and desktop software application development.

Peter Biľak meets Rudy Vanderlans

Rudy VanderLans talks with Peter Biľak about the Typotheque founder’s education, design practice and experience as an ex-pat Slovak living in the Netherlands. Dot Dot Dot is discussed, as well as the typefaces Biľak has produced and his current teaching practice.

Nature Design. From Inspiration to Innovation

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for the design of the human environment. However, it cannot be overlooked that the connections between...

Erik Spiekermann. Typeface As Programme

Jürg Lehni interviews Erik Spiekermann about the legal definition of typefaces, web font distribution models and parametric fonts.

Ian Coyle about his personal website

Interview with Ian Coyle: known for his work for Nike, his collaborations with Duane King, and Thinking For A Living. Find out about his thinking and process, and what went into his new personal website Ian Coyle is a creative director, designer, and interaction developer living in Portland, Oregon. With Duane King, he runs Huge/KingCoyle, an innovation lab focused on design, culture, and craft.

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.

Hillman Curtis. Eat the Audience

All of my personal philosophies constantly threaten to become prison bars. My adherence to grids, to minimalism, to reductionism, to the compulsion towards over-justification... even trying to work within the limitations of the web , can be dangerous if I become too rigid about it.

Plazm. 100 habits of successful graphic designers

What if the best way to promote yourself is not to do it at all? What if computers create inferior design compared to analog...

Bruno Maag. I don’t think there is a secret to it

He is the co-founder and owner of Dalton Maag, possibly the largest independent studio in Europe specializing in custom type design. Educated in Basel in his native Switzerland, he has worked and lived in London for two decades. His company recently developed a huge plurilingual font system for Nokia and has presented their bespoke font for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Following many requests from our customers, Dalton Maag’s superior typefaces have recently become available for retail on MyFonts. Meet Bruno Maag, at your service.

Alan Kitching. A life in letterpress

'A life in letterpress' documents the work of world-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching. Alan Kitching is a typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner....

Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook speak about ‘Studio Culture’

Although traditionally centered around 100% Design, the current rendition of the London Design Festival has offered up a spate of attractions and events for...

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.

The designer is present

Should my ideas, my personality, my philosophy be evident in my work? Or should I just remove as much of my persona as possible and ‘follow the brief’? Or is there a way to do both?