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.
Tibor Kalman was a highly innovative and influential designer. Kalman was best known for the groundbreaking work he created with his New York design firm, M&Co, and his brief yet influential editorship of Colors magazine. Throughout his 30-year career, Kalman brought his restless intellectual curiosity and subversive wit to everything he worked on — from album covers for the Talking Heads to the redevelopment of Times Square. Kalman incorporated visual elements other designers had never associated with successful design, and used his work to promote his radical politics. The influence of his experiments in typography and images can be seen everywhere, from music videos to the design of magazines such as Wired and Ray Gun.
In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams.
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.
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. The interview consists of two videos. In this first movie, which was filmed at the Andaz Hotel in London, Crouwel talks about the exhibition as well as wallpaper and a rug based on his typographic designs that feature in a room at the hotel.
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.
Metro, the design paradigm behind Windows Phone is in part, a celebration of typography. In this short film, godfather of modern type, Erik Spiekermann talks with Elliot Jay Stocks about how typography is used in the digital domain and what digital designers can learn from traditional print techniques.
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...
Piet Parra is a man of many talents. He designs, illustrates, and now he's in a band called Lele. (Piet provided the illustrations for the Lele track “Breakfast”). Anyone who has walked the streets of Amsterdam recently has spotted a Piet Parra, even if only from the corner of their eyes. His hand-drawn art work has graced many a flyer and poster, aswell as the occasional big brand campaign, CD covers and company logos. And let's not forget the T's of his Rockwell label. His themes and motifs have become the unique (and often imitated) trademarks of Parra's personal style: colorful letters, a world populated by hybrid humans, his 1970s retro-style drawings. And then there's this thing he has for voluptuous women. Submarinechannel called Piet up on the phone to discuss music, humor, drawing, and the meaning of his strange made-up words.
Curiosity and appreciation, these are the things that Michael Wolff (one half the founders of design firm Wolff Olins) sees as his biggest strengths. This interview gives you all the secrets you’ll ever need to be a good designer. I felt like what he was saying was so true in my own life, that having an intense passion for learning and paying attention to what’s going on around you is the way to succeed. He makes it all sound so simple, but I think that what he says couldn’t be more correct. I love his metaphor, that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, it’s a dinner, but it’s only through the parts that the whole gets delivered.