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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.