Author Archives: Guest Contributor

Dissent Makeover

By Aleksandar Maćašev The annual Belgrade design conference, “(Graphic) Designer: Author or Universal Soldier,” was subtitled “Action” this year, and included a street exhibition called “Design of Dissent,” consisting of works featured in the book, Design of Dissent by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilić (Rockport, 2005). An hour before the opening, after the works...

2012 New Visual Artist: Tracy Ma

By Ian Volner Careerwise, Tracy Ma has just landed on the moon. The 23-year-old designer, born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, wrapped up her undergraduate studies at Canada’s York University in 2010, and for the next year and a half settled into a professional pattern that she unfondly recalls as a rut....

2012 New Visual Artist: Jerome Corgier

By Jane Lerner Looking at Jerome Corgier’s type sculptures, with their suggestive, amorphous shapes, can be a bit like gazing at clouds. In his love for pure typography, Corgier often strips down forms until their meaning loosens. Letters “immediately lose their signification when you play with them,” he says, “and with that I can...

2012 New Visual Artist: Drea Zlanabitnig

By Ian Volner “When she started out, she was in awe of everything, completely sweet and lovely and terrific,” says Pentagram’s Paula Scher. “Now she’s still that, but she’s also savvy as all get out.” Scher is talking about Drea Zlanabitnig, a graphic designer who at the ripe old age of 25 has managed...

2012 New Visual Artist: Erin Schell

By Justin Sullivan By all accounts, Erin Schell was doing well. She had a good job designing book jackets for a large company. But there was one minor issue: “I found working for a corporation and having a comfortable job sort of soul crushing and meaningless,” she says. “But that’s just me.” In 2009, Schell...

2012 New Visual Artist: Sang Mun

[Editor's Note: For the last 14 years, Print has featured an annual issue called the New Visual Artists, which introduces and profiles 20 of the most promising rising talents from around the world in the fields of graphic design, advertising, illustration, digital media, photography, and animation—all under the age of 30. This invitation-only competition is drawn...

Design Thinking Should Make Designers Think

By Ronald de Vlam, CEO & Global Managing Partner, Webb deVlam The title of my piece is meant to provoke: Of course designers “think” and use their brain to do their work, I am being contrite. But there is a movement in my studio that is asking some deeper, fundamental questions of our profession;...

Pre-Super Bowl Feature: The Complete Spot Paintings of the NFL

By Ken Carbone  The art world is seeing spots, lots of them. Currently, the Gagosian Gallery is exhibiting three hundred and thirty one paintings by Damien Hirst in eight cities around the globe. The show entitled “The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011” features stark white canvases covered in neatly arranged, candy colored dots. Famous for his...

Pausing for Amandine Alessandra

By Cheryl Yau As pedestrians meander swiftly through urban grids, confronting billboards, scrolling through incoming texts and saturated Twitter feeds simultaneously, London-based designer Amandine Alessandra demands that they pause…with the use of typography. Eager to step away from digital fonts and ubiquitous desktop publishing software, Alessandra frequently turns to the urban environment, found objects...

Why "It" Matters

By Hunter Wimmer By day, I have the good fortune of spending time with young designers looking to hone their skills and gain insights into the craft and business of design — I’m a teacher. In our program, we keep a fairly robust two-way conversation going with our students through a few electronic forums...