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.

Jennifer Sterling Finally Gets the Last Word

Having lived and worked on both coasts, Jennifer Sterling knows a thing or two about cultural and political discourse in design. Her illustrative typographic renderings have produced praise and ignited loathsome critiques from her peers.

A conversation with Modise BlackDice of Negritude Republic

Modise BlackDice speaks about the hurdles he had to take to become an graphic designer in South Africa.

Peter Saville. Music and art

He has never made or produced a record, but Peter Saville is one of the most important people in British pop. Saville’s sleeve designs for OMD, Roxy Music and most famously, for Factory records have changed the way that we think about pop music. Along with his schoolfriend, Malcolm Garrett (the man responsible for the early Buzzcocks’ sleeves), Saville was a major player in a graphic design revolution that converged with the convulsions that were happening in pop at the end of the 1970s. If Jamie Reid’s cut and paste covers were the image equivalent of the punk sound, then Saville and Garrett’s more abstract, impersonal designs were the visual analogue of post-punk.

Jocelyn Glei. Make your mark

Finally, a business book for makers, not managers. Are you ready to “make a dent in the universe”? As a creative, you no longer have...

Rudy VanderLans meets Joshua Berger. In the right place at the...

Rudy VanderLans was born in the Hauge, The Netherlands in 1955 and studied graphic design at the Royal College of Fine Arts. He moved to California from the in 1981 and studied photography at UC Berkeley, where he met the Czech-born designer Zuzana Licko. They married in 1983. In 1984 VandeLans launched Emigre magazine. VanderLans and Licko were some of the first designers to adopt the Macintosh computer as a tool. In addition to their quarterly magazine, Emigre creates and sells hundreds of digital typefaces. Nearly 20 years and 64 issues later, Emigre continues to fuel imaginations and inspire designers the world over. Interview with Plazm Magazine.

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...

Plazm. 100 habits of successful graphic designers

What if the best way to promote yourself is not to do it at all? What if computers create inferior design compared to analog...

Michael Janda. Burn your portfolio

It takes more than just a design school education and a killer portfolio to succeed in a creative career. Burn Your Portfolio teaches the...

Stefan Sagmeister. Don’t Take Creativity For Granted

Renowned designer Stefan Sagmeister talks about the process behind his typography-driven films, which sprung from the insights in his book Things I’ve Learned in My...

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...

Steve Frykholm. Herman Miller’s Poster Child

For graphic designer Steve Frykholm, life at Herman Miller really has been a picnic. The Vice President of Creative Design reflects on his 45-year...

Tibor Kalman vs. Joe Duffy Revisit

What is the ultimate goal of design? A satisfied client? A better product? An enlightened society? A cleaner environment? Ideally, graphic designers should be able to achieve all of these things without compromising artistic and moral integrity. But in a real and imperfect world, they often have to forgo every end but client satisfaction simply to continue working. For many, the question is not whether the designer’s role should be redefined, but how it can change to meet the often conflicting needs of client, ego, and society.

Rudy VanderLans. Emigre: Time and Time Again

Can you be a part of design’s history and its future as well? Yes.In the early days of the Macintosh computer and DTP software,...

Irma Boom. Commemorative books are usually dull

Irma Boom, one of the world’s foremost book designers, discusses her working methods, preferences, and the nature of free-range design.