Carol Devine Carson of Knopf Publishers. Cultivating designers

Designers Carol Devine Carson in conversation with Ellen Lupton about her work at Knopf Publishers.

Plazm founder Joshua Berger meets Steve Heller

'Plazm was formed by a group of artists dissatisfied with avenues of expression available to them. Actually when we first started meeting, we didn't know were going to form a magazine. There were writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers all coming to these open-ended weekly gatherings. We were talking about things like media control and how we'd like to see artists representing artists. These discussions led to the launch of Plazm magazine.'

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.

Cal Schenkel, Frank Zappa’s art engineer

'They were Frank’s identities, and he controlled them . . . I was really just satisfying these various concepts.' The beginning of Cal Schenkel’s story reads like a rock’n’roll fantasy that Cameron Crowe forgot to film. In 1966 he was a nineteen-year-old kid hitch-hiking in LA when a jeep full of girls picked him up and dropped him at a rock’n’roll recording session. The rock bandleader was Frank Zappa and the record was his debut: Freak Out! by The Mothers of Invention. The two men met in passing but wouldn’t see each other again for another year. Interview with Eye Magazine.

George Lois. The defeat of habit by originality

George Lois is a pioneering advertising executive and designer best known for a series of covers he created for Esquire magazine between 1962 and 1972 (some of which were featured in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 2008). He coined the phrase "I want my MTV!" created a new gourmet frozen foods marketing category with Lean Cuisine, and has devised memorable ads for companies ranging from Jiffy Lube to USA Today to Tommy Hilfiger. He is also the author of nine books about advertising and design, including "George, Be Careful," "$ellebrity," and "Iconic America."

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....

Ilya Ruderman on Cyrillic typefaces

For sev­er­al years, we’ve been see­ing in­creased de­mand of Cyril­lic typefaces from in­ter­na­tion­al type foundries. Russian type designer Ilya Ruderman speaks about designing Cyrillic typefaces and their specific characteristics.

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.

Gemma O’Brien. The Future of Typography is Human

Technological innovations will continue to wow and delight, but they’ll also come and go. In the creative world there is no replacement for the human touch, as Australian calligrapher Gemma O’Brien shows us.

Emily Cohen. Deconstructing the Creative Brief

Sometimes, we all need some help. Emily Ruth Cohen consults with small to mid-size creative firms and in-house corporate design departments. This breadth of experience gives her insight into a wide range of issues that face creative businesses.

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.

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.

Typeface as Programme. The Nature of Type Design in the Digital...

Designer and programmer Jürg Lehni analyses the evolution of typographic technology and the nature of digital fonts. An essay complemented by interviews with Peter Biľak, Erik Spiekermann and Dimitri Bruni (NORM).

Roman Cieslewicz. ‘Posters belong to another age’

Roman Cieslewicz was born in Lwow, Poland in 1930. A professional militant, Cieslewicz avoids the groups that are active and influential in France: the admen, the Swiss school, the ‘politicos’. Yet it was he who introduced the Polish poster to the country, unleashing all those influences which continue even now to determine French poster design, particularly in the political, social and cultural fields.

Tomato. Letting something grow

Tomato… A house hold name in our industry. This multi-disciplinary collective tackles almost anything creative. Among the mediums most noted would include; typography, graphic design, architecture, filmmaking, and the music of Underworld. We caught up with Graham Wood, Steve Baker, and Jason Kedgely and were able to get these kind gentlemen to 'speak up’.