Feral House presents an irreverent, educational and entertaining collection of essays by the Great Contrarian of graphic design, Art Chantry.“There used to be a...
Interview with Paul Rand conducted by Mario Rampone of Pastore DePamphilis Rampone. Published in the Fall 1989 issue of Type Talks, a bi-monthly publication...
Rudy VanderLans was born in the Hauge, The Netherlands in 1955 and studied graphic design at the Royal College of Fine Arts. He moved to California from the in 1981 and studied photography at UC Berkeley, where he met the Czech-born designer Zuzana Licko. They married in 1983. In 1984 VandeLans launched Emigre magazine. VanderLans and Licko were some of the first designers to adopt the Macintosh computer as a tool. In addition to their quarterly magazine, Emigre creates and sells hundreds of digital typefaces. Nearly 20 years and 64 issues later, Emigre continues to fuel imaginations and inspire designers the world over. Interview with Plazm Magazine.
'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.'
“Our office is on the second floor of an old storefront building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. We’re surrounded by Ben Franklin impersonators giving walking tours of the Betsy Ross house and Independence Hall. The studio is pretty jammed packed with our books and paper scraps and ephemera. We have all sorts of design objects around including presidential busts, globes, old books, and a vintage blue-collar thermos collection. We also run our online store from this space so our poster and print archive is stored here as well as our mail room. It gets pretty chaotic at times but it has the great organized chaos of a workshop.”
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.
Legendary type and graphic designer Gerard Unger, regards typography as a language unto itself. From highway signage to the lettering on coins, the work of Unger is all around us. But the most ubiquitous of all his typefaces, must be The Gulliver. As the lettering used by America’s most widely read newspaper, as well as several national papers on the European continent, it made waves after debuting in 1993, for its remarkable legibility - while remaining ultra space-efficient.
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.