Karel Martens. The grid is an instrument

The prolific founder of Werkplaats Typografie, Karel Martens focuses on the design of the Dutch architectural magazine OASE in his 1999 conversation with Peter Biľak.

The Heads of State. Desk

“Our office is on the second floor of an old storefront building in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. We’re surrounded by Ben Franklin impersonators giving walking tours of the Betsy Ross house and Independence Hall. The studio is pretty jammed packed with our books and paper scraps and ephemera. We have all sorts of design objects around including presidential busts, globes, old books, and a vintage blue-collar thermos collection. We also run our online store from this space so our poster and print archive is stored here as well as our mail room. It gets pretty chaotic at times but it has the great organized chaos of a workshop.”

Rudy VanderLans. Design is still about ideas, not technology

Some people say that thanks to the digital era, and mostly to cultural globalization, now we have a universal design language: universal codes of colors, icons, and so on. How does it fit with the original concept of Emigre, a magazine that shows how diverse the works from emigrants may be?

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.

Paula Scher on Failure

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."

Paul Rand. Simplicity is not the goal

1991 Interview with Paul Rand conducted by Miggs Burroughs. Topics include IBM, Westinghouse, ABC, NeXT, Steve Jobs.

Anthony Burrill. Clear your head

The ‘Godfather of the graphic art scene’ is quite a title to uphold. Anthony Burrill however has proven many times over that he not only deserves it, but may indeed need promoting up the ranks a bit.

Gemma O’Brien. The Future of Typography is Human

Technological innovations will continue to wow and delight, but they’ll also come and go. In the creative world there is no replacement for the human touch, as Australian calligrapher Gemma O’Brien shows us.

Bureau. Author of social messages

In 1989, Donald Moffett and Marlene McCarty founded Bureau, a “trans-disciplinary design studio” whose mandate was to produce art, film titles, political work, and brand identities. Bureau was a multidisciplinary design studio and collaboration between principals Donald Moffett and Marlene McCarty, with Claudia Brandenburg, Kiers Alexandra, Mary Day, Lucy Hitchcock, and Gabriel Feliciano, who viewed their unique design studio as a service provider and, more significantly, as an author of social messages.

Christoph Niemann. Sunday Sketching

From award-winning artist and author Christoph Niemann comes a collection of witty illustrations and whimsical views on working creatively. Taking its cue from his New...

Ellen Lupton. Thinking with Type

With the advent of the Macintosh computer and desktop publishing software in the 1980s, tasks once performed by others, such as typesetting and the...

Wim Crouwel at the Design Museum (1)

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.

Stefan Sagmeister. Style + Fart = Language

On the occasion of his first New York retrospective, SAGMEISTER: MADE YOU LOOK, which ran at the School of Visual Arts end of 2004, the artist and designer was asked to reflect on his past and recent accomplishments. While tooting his own horn is not a favorite pastime, we did manage to get a few choice notes. Conversation with Steve Heller for AIGA.

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.

Tomato. Letting something grow

Tomato… A house hold name in our industry. This multi-disciplinary collective tackles almost anything creative. Among the mediums most noted would include; typography, graphic design, architecture, filmmaking, and the music of Underworld. We caught up with Graham Wood, Steve Baker, and Jason Kedgely and were able to get these kind gentlemen to 'speak up’.