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Books, Design and Culture

July 10, 2014
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Hello, I Am Erik

Next month, the fine folks at Gestalten are publishing Hello, I Am Erik,  a ‘visual biography’ of typographer and designer Erik Spiekermann. In this new interview with GestaltenTV, Spiekermann talks about his 30 year career, and how working with blocks of movable type is different from designing on … Continue reading

May 7, 2013
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Carolie Bickford-Smith—A Series Woman

In this new interview with Gestalten.tv, Penguin Press designer Coralie Bickford-Smith talks about her love of books, her design process and the importance of research: [vimeo 65388307 w=500] Coralie’s work is featured in Fully Booked: Ink on Paper, published earlier this year by Gestalten. You … Continue reading

December 17, 2012
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Oliver Jeffers: A Quantum of Physics

Gestalten.tv talks to Oliver Jeffers, award-winning author of picture books such as Lost and Found, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, and This Moose Belongs to Me,  about his paintings, collages, installations, and collaborative works, collected in his first monograph Neither Here Nor … Continue reading

June 19, 2012
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Fully Booked – Interview with David Pearson and Jim Stoddart

GestaltenTV have been reposting some of their past videos, and I just came across this interview with designer David Pearson and Penguin art director Jim Stoddart from 2008 for the Gestalten title Fully Booked: Cover Art and Design for Books (currently unavailable sadly):

June 6, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

I really enjoyed Naïve: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design, so I really think I have to pick up  Echoes of the Future: Rational Graphic Design and Illustration, also published by Gestalten. A “compilation of recent graphic design and illustration … Continue reading

May 29, 2012
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Bill Moggridge: The Design of Service and Education

Bill Moggridge, founder of design company IDEO and current director of the Smithonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, discusses design and the Cooper-Hewitt’s collection:

December 6, 2011
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Ken Barber, House Industries

In this fascinating interview, Gestalten.tv talks to Ken Barber, lead letterer at the amazing House Industries, about lettering, typography, and font design:

April 6, 2011
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Midweek Miscellany

Book Art: Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books by Paul Sloman, a 220-page overview of contemporary art, installation, and design created with and from books , published Gestalten. La Mémoire Retrouvée — Edmund de Waal, author of The Hare … Continue reading

April 5, 2011
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Kurt Weidemann 1922-2011 | GestaltenTV

GestaltenTV have posted an 16-minute interview with influential German typographer and graphic designer Kurt Weidemann who died at the age of 88 on March 31st, 2011: Weidemann helped form the graphic identities companies such as Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, as well … Continue reading

February 14, 2011
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James Gallager | Cutting Edges

Here’s an interview with the New York-based artist James Gallagher, curator of an exhibition of contemporary collage called Cutters (currently on display at the West Cork Arts Centre in Ireland, February 7th-March 12th) and co-editor of the book  Cutting Edges … Continue reading

February 1, 2011
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Erik Spiekermann — Putting Back the Face into Typography

In this fantastic video from Gestalten, graphic designer and typographer Erik Spiekermann, founder of MetaDesign and FontShop, and author of Stop Stealing Sheep, talks about designing type: Spiekermann also discusses his love typography in this profile on Deutsche Welle TV: … Continue reading

November 17, 2010
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The Story of Eames Furniture

Marilyn Neuhart, author of The Story of Eames Furniture, and her husband John both worked in close proximity to Charles and Ray Eames and key members of the Eames Office for almost 30 years. In this fascinating video interview with … Continue reading

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