Rank #1: Richard Hollis 1/1
Born in England, Richard Hollis has been a freelance graphic designer since 1958. He has worked as a printer, art editor, production manager, writer, teacher and lecturer. Hollis taught at various London art schools, as well as co-founded, with Norman Potter, the Graphic Design Department at the West of England College of Art in Bristol in 1964. His book design includes John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’, and a large body of work for the Whitechapel Art Gallery. He has also made a significant contribution to the history of graphic design in through his books including ‘Graphic Design: A Concise History’.
In the interview with Richard Hollis we talk about his personal values. And how your own values are expressed through the way you work and the way you behave towards the people you’re working with or working for. Richard explains how he hardly ever changes typefaces. He always uses the same typefaces in making catalogues and books. We wonder, apart from the kind of job or the topics that he’s designing for, if his political views can be seen in his design work. We also talk about his fascination for Swiss Graphic Design and he explains why he has written a book about the topic: ‘Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style’. We end the interview with how a painting of two tortoises, that Richard has seen at the Mauritshuis, is related to writing. Recorded at the Karel Martens Symposium at KABK, The Hague, the Netherlands.
- Richard Hollis ::
- Reputations Eye Magazine article ::
- Eye Magazine articles by Richard Hollis ::
- Robin Fior obituary by Richard Hollis ::
- Richard Hollis ICA London presentation ::
- Richard Hollis on Emil Ruder ::
Rank #2: Adbusters 1/2
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Adbusters magazine is a nonprofit, reader supported magazine which concerns itself with the erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial forces. We talk to Will Brown and Douglas Haddow, Art Director and Creative Consultant at Adbusters magazine. We ask them how they got involved with Adbusters in the first place and what they exactly do and contribute to the magazine. The past 20 years Adbusters are constantly fighting for the voice of independent media in legal battles. The end goal is to reform broadcast law. Recorded at the Integrated 2009 conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
Rank #3: Stefan Sagmeister 1/1
Our first interview for Typeradio was with Stefan Sagmeister in 2004. Now five years later we look back and ask him what changed in the last years. Did he acquire new rituals in the meantime? We talk about his second sabbatical year in Bali. And just six weeks after coming back to New York, we discuss the impact of the crisis and elections in the United States. He talks to us about whether he likes being famous, how to handle it and the advantages along with it. We also look forward and talk about future projects and how he’s not quite sure yet if he would like to be remembered… Recorded at the Integrated 2009 conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
- Sagmeister studio ::
- Designmuseum bio ::
- âThings I Have Learned In My Life So Farâ website ::
- Stefan Sagmeister at TED ::
- Stefan Sagmeister talk at AIGA 2009 ::
Rank #4: Anna Kulachek 1/1
Ukrainian designer Anna Kulachek works and lives in Moscow. She teaches graphic design at the Higher School of Economics and is art director at the Strelka Institute. Earlier she worked for the communication research centre Fabrica in Italy and Design Depot in Moscow.
We talk with Anna about why she decided to move to Moscow to study graphic design. We wonder what the differences are between graphic design from the West and the East (Russia and Ukraine). Anna explains how the Cyrillic writing system is very much influencing the way she designs. We end the interview with the question if she still has a dream job, something that she would really like to do in the future. Recorded at the Serebro Nebora 2015 Conference in Moscow, Russia.
- Annaâs website ::
- Annaâs Tumbler page ::
- Strelka Institute ::
- Annaâs poster designs for Strelka ::
- Higher School of Economics, Moscow ::
Rank #5: Dan Rhatigan 1/1
Dan Rhatigan is a type director at Monotype, based in New York. He works on custom type development projects and consults on typographic issues with customers, and from time to time he gives talks about type and typography. Prior to Monotype Dan worked as a publishing technologies analyst, as a designer in New York, and with numerous freelance clients. Over the years, he has also taught graphic design, typography, and branding.
We talk with Dan Rhatigan about his role and tale as a type director at Monotype. We’re curious if they get a lot of submissions and if Dan also judges these himself. Dan also gives us his view on the major developments in the near future for typography and type design. We wonder how he looks upon the lack of knowledge some users have working with OpenType. He explains how he is regularly surprised how little the world outside of type design really understands about the sophistication of the tools that are being prepared for them. And of course we talk about Dan’s typographic tattoos and wonder if he has plans for a new one. Recorded at the Robothon 2015 Conference in The Hague, the Netherlands.
- Dan Rhatigan at Monotype ::
- Personal website ::
- Interview Eye magazine ::
- Interview Itâs Nice That ::
- Dan on the Rhyman Eco font ::
Rank #6: Rick Poynor 2/2
In the second part of the interview with Rick Poynor we focus more on the subject of graphic design writing and the function of good critical journalism. Because Rick is a known and respected person in the design field, we wonder if people criticize his work. He encourages us to look for places where the critical discourse still exists. Especially for the Typeradio listeners he gives some recommendations of worthwhile design journalism. Recorded at the Integrated 2013 Conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
Rank #7: Joost Grootens 1/1
Joost Grootens is a Dutch graphic designer, who studied architectural design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy Amsterdam. He established Studio Joost Grootens (SJG) in 1995. His studio is very well known for their information design, infographics and the design of books related to architecture, art, design, photography, research… Analytical thinking and the use of type as an essential element, are the main traits. In his own words: ‘Every book is about celebrating the printing process.’
Recorded at the Integrated Conference 2015, Antwerp, Belgium
Rank #8: Ian Swift 1/1
Ian Swift aka Swifty is a dedicated graphic artist. Since embarking on his career at The Face magazine in 1986 he has pursued an individual course which has led him to specialise in the music industry and youth culture aesthetics. Equally at home with a club flyer or a complex movie title sequence, he has successfully run his own practice ‘Swifty – Grafix’ for over two decades. His work has featured in dozens of books and magazines and in 1997 he launched ‘Typomatic’, UK’s first independent font foundry. While his reputation and working life is rooted in the typo-grafix world recent exhibitions reveal a shift in Swift’s focus towards a body of artworks with a more exploratory and personal dimension.
Ian Swift talks about his upbringing and how he wanted to be in the army when he was younger. He explains what triggered him to go to art school and become a graphic designer. And how he got in contact with Neville Brody, while in his third year at Manchester Polytechnic. Later on he worked for Straight No Chaser magazine. We wonder if he thinks this is where he developed his own visual language. Ian explains how the magazine became a vehicle for his font design as well. Furthermore we talk about his attitude towards licensing fonts, ‘The only thing I can actually call my own are my fonts.’ Recorded via Skype in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. (We apologize for the audio quality)
- Swifty ::
- Type-O-Matic ::
- Creative Bloq interview ::
- Straight No Chaser blog ::
- Swiftyâs art ::
- Swifty exhibit at Design Manchester ::
Rank #9: Jeff Devey 1/1
Jeff Devey is a sign painter, letterer, pinstriper and hot rod builder fromTwin Falls, Idaho, USA. Jeff basically lives the coolest dream ever, as he started out mainly specialising in race car lettering and striping. In this interview he talks about how he started at car shows and developed a professional career as a signpainter. Recorded at the Letterheads Amsterdam Signpainters conference, 2016
Rank #10: Adbusters 2/2
In this second part of the interview with Will Brown and Douglas Haddow of Adbusters magazine we talk about the actual achievements of Adbusters. Trying to inspire people to think differently and live more independently. Is it a lost cause? We also talk about the hate mail they receive, as well about the followers of Adbusters. For instance the article ‘Hipsters: The Dead End of Western Civilization’, that caused a huge fuss a few years ago. Recorded at the Integrated 2009 conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
Rank #11: Brody Neuenschwander 1/1
Having done research in medieval manuscripts, Brody Neuenschwander completed his doctorate on the methodology of German art history in 1986 at the Courtauld Institute in London, while studying calligraphy at the Roehampton Institute. This crossed education carried him to become a professional calligrapher with a passion for the relationship between writing and language.
Among other things he talked to us about tools, the different ways of teaching writing to children in school nowadays, the presence of calligraphy in art and how to deliver messages through the written words –as he did for Peter Greenaway’s movies; contributing with a very valuable insight into the role of calligraphy in society.
Recorded at the Letterheads Amsterdam Signpainters conference, 2016
Rank #12: Paul Cox 1/1
Born in 1959, Paul Cox is a multi-talented French artist. Although keen to become a musician he is well known for his graphic design, illustration, paintings and stage art. Inspired by music and 19th century paintings, his work is characterized by improvisation and crossing borders between literature, dance, architecture.
As an author of children books, he created ‘Abstract Alphabet: a book of animals’ published in 2001 by Chronicle Books, where colourful organic shapes make up the letters, which form the names of twenty-six different animals. Cox has started collecting the whole of his work (paintings, installations, illustrations, graphic design etc) in book form, the first volume of which, ‘Coxcodex 1’ was published at Editions du Seuil in 2004.
Recorded at the Integrated Conference 2015, Antwerpen, Belgium
Rank #13: Mike Meyer 1/1
Mike Meyer has been sign painting his entire life. and an active member of the Letterheads movement. Since 2013 he has been workshops all around, and he appears in the film Sign Painters.
In this interview, Mike Meyers talked to us, in a very reflective way, full of personal anecdotes, about his practice. And his trespass of knowledge through teaching, for which he advices to apply the three D’s: Desire, Dedication and Discipline… and a fourth letter, the T of Time. Also about the renaissance of the sign painting craft. Recorded at the Letterheads Amsterdam Signpainters conference, 2016
Rank #14: Gayaneh Bagdasaryan 1/1
Gayaneh Bagdasaryan is a graduate of Moscow State University of Printing Arts and has designed Cyrillic localizations for most major type libraries. She began her type design career at ParaType in 1996 and founded Brownfox type studio in 2012. Gayaneh is also the initiator of Serebro Nabora, a prominent annual international type conference held in Russia.
Gayaneh explains how she became interested in typography in the first place. We also wonder how Russian typedesigners worked before and after perestroika. Gayaneh talks about her font foundry and why it took her so long before she started it. We discuss whether it’s possible to create a new typeface nowadays and hear all about how the Serebro Nebora Conference started. Recorded at the Serebro Nebora 2015 Conference in Moscow, Russia.
- Brownfox foundry ::
- Serebro Nabora conference ::
- Gayaneh's fonts at Paratype ::
- Typotalks interview ::
Rank #15: Nina Stoessinger 1/1
After graduating in multi-media design at the university of art and design Halle, Germany, and doing a type design master in Zurich and one at Type&Media, The Hague, Nina worked as designer, typographer and coder. She finally landed a job as senior typeface designer at Frere-Jones Type. Since 2016 she also teaches type design at Yale School of Art. She talked to us about her key moments in life, her moving to New York and a bit about her personal vision on the lack of awareness of differences between good and bad type design.
Rank #16: Guido & Vincent de Boer 1/1
Guido & Vincent de Boer are two brothers that share a passion for letterforms. Initially educated as graphic designers they both developed a career as typographic artists. They are part of the collective High on Type that brings together calligraphy & typography.
They talk about their rituals and their childhood, how they grew up together as two (of three) brothers. And how, at age nine, they collaborated doing grafftti and copying letterforms from flyers, Also about how each developed his own style. Finally, they share with us the ideas and philosophy behind the All Eyes on Type symposium.
Recorded at All Eyes On Type, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Rank #17: Job Wouters 1/1
Job Wouters aka Letman is a skilled letterer and mural painter, but not only that. He studied graphic design at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and typography at the KABK in The Hague, where he now also teaches. He talked to us about his smoking habit, his first typographic memory and how he started as a graphic designer. Today his work balances between art, illustration, typography and design. As an artist he follows his own paths based on his intuition. He talks about the exhibition he was part of at Marres in Maastricht, and his dream project. Recorded at All Eyes On Type, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Rank #18: RK Joshi 5/5
Professor R. K. Joshi has a beautiful morning ritual: as soon as he gets up he gives water to the plants. Then, standing first to the east, he drinks water in all ten directions one by one. Stay tuned, more rituals to follow. And finally, an unbeatable praise for speech, for spoken word.
Rank #19: James Bull 1/1
In 1998 James Bull founded, together with Ben Wolstenholme and Joe Sharpe, the branding agency Moving Brands, after they graduated in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins. Moving Brands is an independent brand and digital agency with offices in London, Tokyo, Zurich and San Francisco, and has a lot of clients outside the UK. James explains that a lot of their clients come to London to get the best of design. So you get a lot of global stuff. And therefore London feels less local to him. We talk about how you could define British Design. A melting pot of an extremely diverse and mixed up culture. ‘Britishness’ is probably the best word for it. James also talks to us about the difference between advertising, branding and design. About their Weare project, and on how Moving Brands approaches this vision. Recorded at the European Design Awards 2010 in Rotterdam.
- Moving Brands ::
- James Bull interview/bio ::
- Moving Brands Flickr ::
- Moving Brands Vimeo ::
- Weare project ::
Rank #20: Maurice Meilleur 1/1
This American graphic designer, teacher, researcher, writer and explorer of digital animation using Python and Drawbot, entered into graphic design through his fascination with type and the books he was reading for his PhD in political science. He talked to us about his relationship with typography, the development of technology in type, and questions what it is to be a designer today. Recorded at Robothon 2018, The Hague, The Netherlands.