Massimo Vignelli, born in Milan, studied architecture in Milan and Venice. He came to the United States from 1957 to 1960 on fellowships from Towle Silversmiths in Massachusetts and the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. In 1960, with Lella Vignelli, he established the Vignelli Office of Design and Architecture in Milan.
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’.
"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."
For American artist Brock Davis humor is integral in all his projects. Designboom asked him to comment on his work.
Eddie Opara is a traditionally-trained graphic designer who began his career in print pursuing his love for poster making. He is also a self-taught software developer with a socially minded approach to design. Eddie speaks to the need for design to be open, shared, public and contributing to the greater good. And to him, design serves as a bridge between the creative and artistic, and the political, cultural and social contexts in which we live. He told us about his design ‘philosophy’ and the reason why he believes that “you’re never finished as a designer“.
"As a designer and a teacher I am a proselytiser. I am always interested in spreading the word because from my point of view the state of the art is so terrible"
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.
Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer and illustrator working internationally from her base on a small island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver. She is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and regularly speaks about her work and thoughts at conferences and events worldwide.
Kurt Weidemann was one of the most influential typographers of the 20th century. Weidemann helped form the identities of companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Zeiss, and Deutsche Bahn, changing their corporate designs not only for the better, but for the best.
George Lois is a pioneering advertising executive and designer best known for a series of covers he created for Esquire magazine between 1962 and 1972 (some of which were featured in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 2008). He coined the phrase "I want my MTV!" created a new gourmet frozen foods marketing category with Lean Cuisine, and has devised memorable ads for companies ranging from Jiffy Lube to USA Today to Tommy Hilfiger. He is also the author of nine books about advertising and design, including "George, Be Careful," "$ellebrity," and "Iconic America."