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’.

Claude Garamond promotes his Old Style Typefaces

Type design cannot be completed by anyone. It takes a rare breed to sit tirelessly in front of drawings of counters, bridges, shoulders, and punctuation. The complete system of ABC and 123 amounts to a visual communication that is at onetime complex, but when utilized taken for granted. Typographers make language visible. Form is content. Here, Claude Garamond shares some of his ideals, passions, and excitement. Funny stuff!

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville. Dirty Design and Fuzzy Theory

In 1990 Sheila Levrant de Bretteville became the new director of studies in graphic design at Yale University School of Art. Since the late 1950s, the Yale program had been a bastion of modernist theory, a conduit between designers in the U.S. and the program in graphic design at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basle, directed by Armin Hoffmann. For over thirty years, graduates of these distinguished programs have profoundly influenced American design through their professional work and their teaching.

Massimo Vignelli vs. Ed Benguiat (Sort Of)

'Print had brought Vignelli and Benguiat together because they looked like oil and water on paper. But rather than debate one another they surprised us by ganging up on Emigre magazine (1984–2009) as a symbol of the computer's destructive influence on contemporary typography. What follows is an almost complete rerun of the 9,000-word original published version. Parts that have been skimmed away are indicated by ellipses (...).'

Thomas Sipp. Safari Typo!

French filmmaker Thomas Sipp loves typography. In 2014 he made ‘Sacrés Caractères’, a series of 12 short films about different typefaces. Recently he completed...

10+ Ways to Shake Up your Designer Toolbox

Artist vs. artisan. The profession was on many occasions split between these two views on what a designer is. Here’s a curated list of tools - from long forgotten, to widely used, and not yet on the market - to get you inspired, and perhaps ditch or swap some favourite tools yourself.

Milton Glaser talks with Chip Kidd

If graphic design has a grand master, then Milton Glaser is Michelangelo. The Dylan poster. The oh-so-ripped-off “I ‘Heart’ NY” logo. The image for Angels in America. New York magazine. Everything else.

Kris Sowersby. A bountiful age of type

In the past few years the Klim Type Foundry has released a succession of finely crafted typefaces that have been as notable for their range and engagement with typographic history as for their immaculate execution.

Brock Davis. My ideas start as finger drawings in the air

For American artist Brock Davis humor is integral in all his projects. Designboom asked him to comment on his work.

Filling in the gaps

Last summer a discussion flared up amongst typographers about an interview with Rudy VanderLans on the Fontstand blog. He spoke about his motivations for not...

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,...

Fred Smeijers. Sharpen the chisel properly

Fred Smeijers (b. 1961) graduated at the beginning of the digital era of type; his first job was at the Dutch company Océ, editing...

Irene Pereyra. My favorite part is the blank page

Irene Pereyra is co-founder of the Brooklyn design studio "Anton & Irene". Before that, she was the UX Director at Fantasy Interactive.

Tobias van Schneider. Understand the design goals of the business

Tobias van Schneider lives and breathes design. A rock star of the industry, van Schneider has worked with Google, and most recently as the Lead Designer at Spotify. Yet all this comes as sort of a shock considering he got rejected from every design program he applied to.

Andrew Howard. Personal Views

Andrew Howard coordinates the Personal Views Conference. It is an attempt to explore where the boundaries of contemporary practice lie. Series Six asked speakers to trace their personal design journeys.