Designer Profiles

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Words – and Images – on Ed Fella

Ed Fella’s AIGA Medalist profile sums him up succinctly: He’s “one of the most influential designers of the last quarter century.” And now he’s retiring. But having been friends since I first interviewed him for Emigre back in 1993, I figure that “retire” will be more like a change of treads, appropriate for a...

In the Studio: Browns

We visited Jonathan Ellery, the founder of Browns, in the firm’s office to talk about his distracting cats and primitive typing skills.     Photography by Christine Navin   Location London Bridge, Bermondsey, southeast London Year started 1998 Size 3,000 square feet Number of employees Ten Specialty Design in the 
broader sense    ...

Dialogue: Arachne for the Digital Age

The New York–based textiles company Maharam is a fourth-generation, family-run business. It has been reinvented by each successive generation, which probably accounts for its unusual longevity in the dysfunctional realm of family businesses. Louis Maharam, its founder, was a Russian immigrant who started out selling fabric remnants from a pushcart on the Lower East...

Ripps It Up

The artist Ryder Ripps searches for honesty online.   “The only way to distinguish yourself from anyone else on the web is through honesty,” Ryder Ripps told me over dinner in Brooklyn one night. “People have the ability to choose what they want to see at any point, and because of that, you have...

Interview with Stefan Sagmeister

DEBBIE MILLMAN: Many years ago, in one of our previous interviews, I asked you what kind of project you’d like to work on that you hadn’t yet had an opportunity to do. You said it would be the redesign of a global identity. You have now accomplished that with EDP. Was it everything you...

Design TV: Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Design TV, presented by HOW and Print, brings you creativity and career advice from the design industry’s most successful business owners and visionaries, including authors Armin Vit and Stefan Mumaw. Learn how to advance your portfolio and your creative process to the next level from these OnDemand design tutorials. Stefan Mumaw and making the...

Interview with Irma Boom

When Irma Boom makes a book, it’s not just a book but the book. The 50-year-old Dutch designer can spend years researching a project, and she insists on being a partner, not an employee. But her imperiousness is in the service of creating an object that, whether it’s an acclaimed monograph on Sheila Hicks...

Interview with MacFadden & Thorpe

   MacFadden & Thorpe is the studio of Brett MacFadden & Scott Thorpe who, while demonstrating a particular focus on expressive typography, collaborate with a variety of clients on many different types of projects. Location Downtown San Francisco Year the studio was started 2008 Square footage The landlord says it’s 1000, but it seems...