Erik Spiekermann. Putting Back the Face into Typeface

Listen to the design genius talk about new visual languages, design processes, the analogies of music and typography, and why we need better client culture.

Marlene McCarty. Blasphemy at the Venice Biennale

Marlene McCarty has worked across various media since the 1980s. In the late 1980’s McCarty was a member of Gran Fury, the AIDS activist...
Seymour Chwast

Seymour Chwast on How to Draw Backwards

Why We Need Humor in Even the Most Serious PostersWith the recent success of his Kickstarter campaign for the illustrated book, At War with War, we’ve been...

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...

John Gall. This is going to be an enjoyable experience

Gall has a distinct sensibility: playful, light, intelligent, concise. Other times his covers have a special intensity, as though the book dreamed the cover—as though its soul seeped up from the pages and rested, inkily, there.

Jan van Toorn. Dutch Profiles

Jan van Toorn is one of Holland's most influential graphic designers. Central to his approach is the application of content-based strategies, resulting in a...

Toshi Omagari. Type design is all I do

How did you felt in love for type design? While learning English at school I was often troubled with the little things on Century Schoolbook called serif, which...

Typeface as Programme. Glossary

A glossary of tools and technologies mentioned in Typeface As Programme.

The designer is present

Should my ideas, my personality, my philosophy be evident in my work? Or should I just remove as much of my persona as possible and ‘follow the brief’? Or is there a way to do both?

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.

Massimo Vignelli. I can believe in the computer

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.

Michael Wolff of Wolff Olins. Free Inspiration

Curiosity and appreciation, these are the things that Michael Wolff (one half the founders of design firm Wolff Olins) sees as his biggest strengths. This interview gives you all the secrets you’ll ever need to be a good designer. I felt like what he was saying was so true in my own life, that having an intense passion for learning and paying attention to what’s going on around you is the way to succeed. He makes it all sound so simple, but I think that what he says couldn’t be more correct. I love his metaphor, that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, it’s a dinner, but it’s only through the parts that the whole gets delivered.

Why Sagmeister and Walsh works

The first eight pages of Stefan Sagmeister’s 2000 book Another Self-Indulgent Design Monograph is given over to a diagram called Timeline by the German designer Franziska Morlok. Art directed by Sagmeister himself, it begins with the Big Bang and uses a simple combination of lines and circles to chart the world from then onwards. Earth is formed on page six, jellyfish evolve near the end of page seven and neanderthals appear almost right at the bottom of the last page, just before a circle which represents “The entire history of graphic design.” In actual fact, as explained in a footnote, this last marker throws the whole scale off and it should be drawn as one ten thousandth of an inch.

Hannah Chan-Hartley. ‘Listening guides’ visualise classical music

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s ‘listening guides’ make use of symbols and morse code-like notation to aid the experience of a live performance. Hannah Chan-Hartley explains how she helps the TSO to visualise its repertoire.

Louis Danziger. Work. Think. Feel.

Lou Danziger is a pillar of West Coast design. He has worked as a designer, art director and consultant since 1949, bringing his talents...