Arnulf Rainer. Übermalte Bücher

Books are objects with a special status, sacred in a way. Books are containers of knowledge, and when you made that knowledge your own, you...

Ben Bos at the 2013 Offset Conference

Ben Bos, the influential Dutch graphic designer and key member of pioneering firm Total Design for 28 years, has died aged 86. In 2013 he...

Art Chantry Speaks. A Heretic’s History of 20th Century Graphic Design

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...

Muriel Cooper, founder of MIT’s Visual Language Workshop

Perhaps no one has had a greater affect on the way information—printed and electronic—is presented today than Muriel Cooper. As founder and co-director of MIT’s Visual Language Workshop, her explorations into the interactions between technology and design broke new ground in both graphic design and computer interface development. She designed covers for more than five hundred books, over one hundred of which have won design awards, and she was the second recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Design leadership award.

Milton Glaser. Art is the most powerful instrument for survival

Milton Glaser (b.1929) is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the United States. He has had the distinction of one-man-shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Georges Pompidou Center. In 2004 he was selected for the lifetime achievement award of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. As a Fulbright scholar, Glaser studied with the painter, Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, and is an articulate spokesman for the ethical practice of design. He opened Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and continues to produce work in many fields of design to this day.

Tomi Ungerer. Between Two Convex Mirrors

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.

Filling in the gaps

Last summer a discussion flared up amongst typographers about an interview with Rudy VanderLans on the Fontstand blog. He spoke about his motivations for not...

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.

Jessica Hische. Desk

'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.'

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.

Natalia Ilyin. Chasing the Perfect

A designer and design critic, Natasha Ilyin talked with Jason Tselentis of Under Consideration/Speak up about her great interest: the contemporary mythic imagery and symbols that designers manipulate, interpret, and act upon - often unconsciously.

Twenty Over Eighty. Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design

Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith have interviewed 20 of the greatest in 20th-century design for their new book that covers the waterfront - from...

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.” '

Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook speak about ‘Studio Culture’

Although traditionally centered around 100% Design, the current rendition of the London Design Festival has offered up a spate of attractions and events for...

Jonathan Barnbrook about responsibilities in design

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.