Jessica Hische. Anyone can be a good letterer

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” — Jessica Hische RIGHT NOW, FOR JESSICA Hische, that work—the work she should be doing for the rest of her life—is making letters. Right now, she sits at a computer in her Brooklyn apartment, hanging out with her two cats as she chats on the internet.

Brian Donaghey on letterpress printing

In this video, Brian S. Donaghey, talks about his passion for the letterpress and shows the process of printing. He runs his own workshop Officina Donagheana in Brisbane...

Alistair Hall of We Made This. Designers are just visual magpies

I first came across the London-based (and wonderfully-named) design studio We Made This by way of founder Alistair Hall’s prodigious collections of ephemera and found type on Flickr. The chances are I found these either via Ace Jet 170, a fellow designer and collector (and cyclist) who I interviewed last week, or Alistair’s page on Ffffound. It wasn’t until later than I discovered that We Made This also designed book covers and had actually worked with David Pearson on several covers for Penguin’s Great Ideas series.

Gerard Unger. Typography is a language unto itself

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.

Irma Boom. Books that speak to all senses

Graphic designer Irma Boom has made over 250 books, 50 of which are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in...

Jessica Hische. Your personality shines through in your work

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.

Milton Glaser. I’m not a graphic designer

"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.

Brock Davis. My ideas start as finger drawings in the air

For American artist Brock Davis humor is integral in all his projects. Designboom asked him to comment on his work.

Brian Eno. Gossip is Philosophy

Kevin Kelly talks to the prototypical Renaissance 2.0 artist about why music has ceased to be the center of our cultural life, why art doesn't make any difference anymore, and why Brian Eno offers no resistance to seduction.

Alan Fletcher. The art of looking sideways

The Art of Looking Sideways - labeled 'the design book of the century' - is a primer in visual intelligence, an exploration of the workings of...

The Universal Arts of Graphic Design. A PBS Arts Documentary

Though often overlooked, Graphic Design surrounds us: it is the signs we read, the products we buy, and the rooms we inhabit. Graphic designers find beauty within limitations, working towards the ultimate goal of visually communicating a message. Utilizing a language of type and imagery, graphic designers try to make every aspect of our lives defined and beautiful.

Jonathan Barnbrook. I am a contrary kind of person

Jonathan Barnbrook has been one of the truly original voices in British design and typography since the early 1990s. With a design practice built around vocal criticism of global politics and business, he’s about as far from design establishment orthodoxy as you can possibly get.

Trevor Tarczynski. Designing In Public

Trevor Tarczynski is a graphic designer in Echo Park. He runs the boutique design Studio Destro. Trevor is known for the posters he has done; he has become the visual mouthpiece for East Los Angeles.

Bowie, Barnbrook and the Blackstar artwork

As the artwork for David Bowie’s new album Blackstar – or ★ – emerges on billboards and social media, its designer Jonathan Barnbrook talks...

Alex Camlin of Da Capo Press. All covers should be all-type

"Even though I first noticed the chunky Eisner-esque cover design for Douglas Wolk’s Reading Comics at The Book Design Review, it wasn’t until much, much later — when Ben Pieratt posted about the elegant redesign of The Harvard Review at The Book Cover Archive blog back in June — that I registered that it was the work of designer Alex Camlin. Both Reading Comics and The Harvard Review demonstrate Alex’s incredible attention to typography, his range of his influences, and the amazing diversity of his portfolio. Currently he is Creative Director for Da Capo Press."