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.

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...

Stuart Tolley. Min: the new simplicity in graphic design

A closer look at Minimalism today - no Helvetica allowed. Minimalism is a "barometer of social change"—it comes in and out of fashion in response to social factors.

George McCalman. Sliding doors

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.

Neville Brody. Super Contemporary

In this video interview filmed by Dezeen for the Design Museum's Super Contemporary exhibition, graphic designer Neville Brody talks about the key people, places and cultural movements in London that have defined his life in London.

Verena Gerlach. There is only form and counter-form

After more than 10 years, Verena Gerlach has revised and extended her FF Karbid super family, an interpretation of German storefront lettering from the early 1900s.

Erik Spiekermann. Putting Back the Face into Typeface

Listen to the design genius talk about new visual languages, design processes, the analogies of music and typography, and why we need better client culture.

Reza Abedini and the creative emancipation in the Arab world and...

Reza Abedini is one of the key figures who helped pave the way for contemporary graphic design in today’s Iran. In his work he...

Irma Boom about clients, handicraft and authority

When Irma Boom makes a book, it’s not just a book but the book. The 50-year-old Dutch designer can spend years researching a project, and she insists on being a partner, not an employee. But her imperiousness is in the service of creating an object that, whether it’s an acclaimed monograph on Sheila Hicks or a 2,136-page history of the Dutch conglomerate SHV, couldn’t have been designed for anyone else. Print’s managing editor, Michael Silverberg, met with Boom at a Starbucks on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to talk about why she hates "clients," can’t stand handicraft, and despises authority.

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?

Hans Ulrich Obrist. The curator who talked his way to the...

Hans Ulrich Obrist has conducted twenty-four hundred hours of interviews with creative people: “salons of the twenty-first century.”

Wim Crouwel at the Design Museum (2)

Dezeen interviewed Dutch graphic designer Wim Crouwel on the eve of the opening of the 2011 exhibition 'Wim Crouwel – A Graphic Design Odyssey' at the Design Museum in London. In this second movie, Crouwel talks in more depth about stages of his career.

Paul Rand. Simplicity is not the goal

1991 Interview with Paul Rand conducted by Miggs Burroughs. Topics include IBM, Westinghouse, ABC, NeXT, Steve Jobs.

A Conversation between Milton Glaser and Debbie Millman

Glaser probably doesn't like to be called a legend, as he still goes to the office to work every day like everyone else. But what else can you call the man who created some of the most iconic brand marks and pop culture designs of the 20th century?

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...