Author Archives: Lindsay Ballant

AIGA Body/Language Conference

  Fashion and graphic design have always flirted with each other. One need look no further than a William Klein photo, a Pierre Cardin dress, a Marimekko pattern, or a Brodovitch layout to see how these two spheres intertwine. The AIGA celebrated that convergence with “Body/Language,” a daylong event held last month at the...

Jonathan Harris

  The journey through Jonathan Harris’s Universe—the website, that is—begins with a single word. Type in that word, and as you mouse over the browser window, a series of constellation-like icons appears in the deep blue sky. Click on one of them and the sky clears, leaving another word orbited by a series of...

Randy Hunt

— Scroll to see more images   When I grab a coffee with designer Randy Hunt in a café near his studio, we quickly lose track of time. We digress into business models, corporate social responsibility, and mass marketing. Such subjects arise easily when talking to Hunt, who, for the past five years, has...

Michael Freimuth

  Lumpen needed some oomph. The underground magazine had been a staple in Chicago’s art and activist community for nearly two decades, and its editors were ready to take its design to the next level. Enter local up-and-comer Michael Freimuth. With Freimuth at the helm, the magazine went through a visual overhaul from top...

John Pobojewski

  Welcome to the world of John Pobojewski, where soda cans represent biblical scripture, 3-D furniture flies off the printed page, and catalogs automatically design themselves. Pobojewski, a 26-year-old, well-spoken Midwesterner, admits the future didn’t turn out as he expected when he graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2003. Despite dual degrees in graphic...

Helen Yentus

  “I like to start with a blank slate,” Helen Yentus explains over coffee at a bustling Brooklyn café filled with fellow twentysomethings. “I enjoy the feeling of not knowing what I’m doing.” Perhaps this penchant for unfamiliar territory stems from her dramatic arrival in New York. When she was nine, her family was...