Ellen Lupton. Mixing Messages. Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture

Since 1984, 85, the big story in design education has been the reworking of design curriculum. There has been a movement away from two main tracks: commercial formalism and the straightforward modernist program. Post-modernism has had an effect on design curriculum. I am thinking particularly of Cranbrook, Cal Arts, and RISD, where there has been a turning away from a purely formal approach to a more literary one.

Rudy Vanderlans. Most people don’t give a damn

'In case you have been hiding under a rock for the past 18 years Rudy is the co-founder of Emigre. Along with the Macintosh in 1984, Emigre revolutionized Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design and Font Publishing and Design. Today they strive to voice their own and unique views on Design through their magazine and typeface design. On this interview I harped a bit on my impression that Emigre’s changes reflect a need to please us [designers] to continue subscribing to their publication and purchasing their fonts. Rudy cleared that matter, and put my concerns to rest that Emigre was “selling out.” '

Berghs’ Exhibition ’11: ‘Fear of Failure’

As part of their 2011 graduation projects from Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm students dissected, discussed, learned and listened how overcoming the fear of failure is the only path to take if you're aiming for success. Video interviews with Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Wolff, Wally Olins, and 12 other creatives.

Rudy VanderLans meets Joshua Berger. In the right place at the...

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.

Ellen Lupton on her book Thinking with Type

Graphic designer, curator, artist, educator and writer, Ellen Lupton is perhaps best known for her Thinking With Type—a book that in many respects opened up typography to a wider audience. Many have remarked that she made learning about typography fun; and ‘do I look fat in this paragraph’ and ‘typography is what language looks like’ are now oft-quoted phrases. She also stirred up some controversy over her Free Fonts Manifesto. Interview at I love typography.

Milton Glaser. I enjoy working together for a common purpose

Since founding Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, the work produced at his Manhattan studio has encompassed a wide range of design disciplines. A 2004 interview with Designboom.

Erik Spiekermann. Typeface As Programme

Jürg Lehni interviews Erik Spiekermann about the legal definition of typefaces, web font distribution models and parametric fonts.

Letterror, designers and programmers

A discussion from the late 1990s with Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum about their work as type designers designing programmers.

Peter Biľak. Typeface As Programme

Jürg Lehni and Peter Biľak in a conversation about the role of technology in type design, font formats and production tools, and Donald E. Knuth’s Metafont.

Richard Turley. A peek inside the design process at Bloomberg

The latest Bloomberg Businessweek cover -- illustrating the unsexy topic of aviation mergers in perhaps the most sexy way possible -- earned what's becoming...