'I think one of the biggest pluses of working for yourself is being able to work in different locations. While I love my studio, I like that when I want to marathon some bad television and get through a tedious project, I can stay at home, drink some tea and hang out with my cats. I don’t like working at the studio super late since most of my studio mates and building friends keep pretty regular hours, so when I have to pull a late night it’s usually from home. I’m also an avid coffee shop worker, mostly for REALLY tedious work like css editing and font kerning.'
What is the ultimate goal of design? A satisfied client? A better product? An enlightened society? A cleaner environment? Ideally, graphic designers should be able to achieve all of these things without compromising artistic and moral integrity. But in a real and imperfect world, they often have to forgo every end but client satisfaction simply to continue working. For many, the question is not whether the designer’s role should be redefined, but how it can change to meet the often conflicting needs of client, ego, and society.
Jessica Hische is a letterer and illustrator living somewhere between San Francisco, California and Brooklyn, New York. A fun short film, made for the Like Knows Like documentary project.
Stefan Sagmeister is a designer who has been following his instinct and intuition to the fullest, having gained recognition for his unique, and often provocative, visual explorations. It’s possibly his very personal and almost self-centric way to design that leads to his original approach. On May 31, 19 years after starting his NYC studio he once again surprised the crowds with renaming to Sagmeister & Walsh in a ‘trademark’ Sagmeister fashion – naked in the studio.
April Greiman has been called a pioneer, making it acceptable for a graphic designer to explore their craft using a computer. In the early '80s, computers were seen as science fiction props, specialized industry tools, or subverted novelties. The design community regarded them as an embarrassment to the long history and craft of an art form.
Inside the Business of Graphic Design casts a precise and realistic light on the risks, requirements, and rewards of running a creative and successful design...
"I’m not a graphic designer”. Milton Glaser is dead serious as he utters these words, so serious he almost makes us uneasy. Sure, he’s foremost an illustrator and an artist. And the most powerful image that comes to mind – apart from the thousands he produced – is that of President Obama assigning him the National Medal of Arts in 2009, which was presented for the very first time to, well, a graphic designer.
George is a magazine veteran, having art-directed Mother Jones, ReadyMade and Afar to name a few. He is responsible for relevant, thoughtful editorial design as well as some very compelling branding, packaging and identity work. Recently, I was able to catch up with George and find out about his past, present and future. And of course, his opinions regarding his favorite magazines.
The famous graphic designer Louise Fili talks to Lancia TrendVisions and presents her latest project for the BUR -“Rizzoli Universal Library”, “Romanzi d’Italia” , which involved her in the design of the cover pages for ten 19th-century ‘bestsellers’, about to be released to celebrate 150 years since the unification of Italy.
Perhaps no one has had a greater affect on the way information—printed and electronic—is presented today than Muriel Cooper. As founder and co-director of MIT’s Visual Language Workshop, her explorations into the interactions between technology and design broke new ground in both graphic design and computer interface development. She designed covers for more than five hundred books, over one hundred of which have won design awards, and she was the second recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Design leadership award.