Forty-five years ago I was very uncivilized. I did not know about the Bauhaus or Tschichold. I lived in my own world, working seven days a week. These days, frankly, I prefer to instruct students who know nothing about typography.
Described by the publisher Phaidon Press as “the most famous book author you have never heard of,” Tomi Ungerer is a continental treasure in his native Europe, an artist whose life and work embody the epic forces of the late 20th century. Born in 1931 in Alsace, a region that soon became dominated by wartime Germany, Ungerer was raised under Nazi rule. His young adulthood was a mirror of postwar liberation, as he took to wandering the world before immersing himself in the invigorating climate of 1950s and 1960s New York. It was there that Ungerer made his reputation as an editorial and advertising illustrator and children’s book author, and where he became caught in the tumult of the antiwar and civil rights movements. In the early 1970s, seized by a back-to-the-land impulse, he left the States to farm in Nova Scotia. Five years later, he relocated again, this time to Ireland, where he has lived ever since.
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.
Interview with Ian Coyle: known for his work for Nike, his collaborations with Duane King, and Thinking For A Living. Find out about his thinking and process, and what went into his new personal website Ian Coyle is a creative director, designer, and interaction developer living in Portland, Oregon. With Duane King, he runs Huge/KingCoyle, an innovation lab focused on design, culture, and craft.
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...
Paula Scher is one of the world's most famous graphic designers, known for creating Citibank's umbrella logo (link is external) as well as for design work for The Public Theater, The New York Times Magazine, the American Museum of Natural History, The New York City Ballet, and Herman Miller. She believes failure is the secret to artistic success. "You have to fail in order to make the next discovery," says Scher. "It's through mistakes that you actually can grow."
'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.'
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.
Instant noodles are a key ingredient in the decade-long story of communication design studio Anonymous. It kept founders Felix Ng and Germaine Chong alive for a week while they waited for clients to pay their bills. But even before that low point in their early design days, instant noodles imparted a key lesson in design for the fledgling Singapore studio.
Rudy VanderLans talks with Peter Biľak about the Typotheque founder’s education, design practice and experience as an ex-pat Slovak living in the Netherlands. Dot Dot Dot is discussed, as well as the typefaces Biľak has produced and his current teaching practice.
Watching over what is happening in the design world for a bit, PingMag finds it inevitable to mention, that some quiet voices are recently getting much louder concerning conscientious design. The increased awareness of the responsibilities of design made PingMag want to talk to one person in particular: Jonathan Barnbrook, who is not only famous for his various fonts and own foundry but who has also been active in this responsible field with its outspoken views on politics and globalisation for a long time.
A recent graduate of the École Estienne in Paris, Lucas Le Bihan is a graphic designer who specialises in type design. He shares how he came to be a type designer, the design process behind the fonts he creates and the Japanese cultural inspiration that feeds his practice.
He is the co-founder and owner of Dalton Maag, possibly the largest independent studio in Europe specializing in custom type design. Educated in Basel in his native Switzerland, he has worked and lived in London for two decades. His company recently developed a huge plurilingual font system for Nokia and has presented their bespoke font for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Following many requests from our customers, Dalton Maag’s superior typefaces have recently become available for retail on MyFonts. Meet Bruno Maag, at your service.
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...
Akira Kobayashi is a solid, world-renowned type designer. His diverse typefaces cover the gamut of display type, historic revivals and a whole lot of rock-solid text typefaces. Over the past two decades, he’s racked up numerous prizes in type competitions and also completed typefaces for innumerable foundries, taught type design and has collaborated with the best type designers in Europe, Japan and the Americas.