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