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.
Few designers or design firms manage to create a collecting frenzy over the things they design. The posters created by Aesthetic Apparatus become things of value, joy, longing and inspiration. From the coldest confines of the Midwest, Dan Ibarra and Michael Byzewski bring us some of the freshest/baddest posters of our time. And find the time to chat with us.
The grandfathers of modernism, Wim Crouwel and Massimo Vignelli graced the AIGA/NY chapter last night, Thursday 25 October, with anecdotes of their personal lives their careers as designers—for them, one in the same. Each spoke about several projects selected by Alice Twemlow, chair of the MFA Design Criticism program at SVA, who moderated this historical evening. In fact, this is the first time that Wim Crouwel has spoken in New York since 1965.
Piet Parra is a man of many talents. He designs, illustrates, and now he's in a band called Lele. (Piet provided the illustrations for the Lele track “Breakfast”). Anyone who has walked the streets of Amsterdam recently has spotted a Piet Parra, even if only from the corner of their eyes. His hand-drawn art work has graced many a flyer and poster, aswell as the occasional big brand campaign, CD covers and company logos. And let's not forget the T's of his Rockwell label. His themes and motifs have become the unique (and often imitated) trademarks of Parra's personal style: colorful letters, a world populated by hybrid humans, his 1970s retro-style drawings. And then there's this thing he has for voluptuous women. Submarinechannel called Piet up on the phone to discuss music, humor, drawing, and the meaning of his strange made-up words.
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.
Michael Bierut is a partner at Pentagram and a leading voice in the world of design. Michael studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, worked at Vignelli Associates for ten years and, as I learned from watching him host Command X: Season 3 at the AIGA Pivot Conference, has a charming stage presence and warm sense of humor.
Graphic designer Neville Brody has reorganised his London studio and rebranded it as Brody Associates because "people didn't really understand" its former name, Research...