Matthew Carter (1937)

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  • His father, Harry Carter, is a well-known and respected type designer as well.
  • At age twenty he did an internship at the famous Enschede printing house in Harlem, Netherlands.
  • He left studying English at Oxford to pursue his passion for printing.
  • Spent six years freelancing in London doing some self training in London.
  • In 1965 he moved to New york to take a position at Mergenthaler Linotype.
  • Designed multiple type styles such as Shell Round hand, Helvetica compressed. Along with types of Greek and Korean faces.

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Rudy Vanderlans (1955 – )

Rudy Vanderlans was born in the Netherlands in 1955. He attended The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague where he would study Graphic Design. Upon graduating in 1979 he would go on to practice Graphic Design as an apprentice and junior designer with such companies as Vorm Vijf, Tel Design, and Total Design. However in 1981 he headed west to pursue his Masters in Photography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he would ultimately meet someone who would change his life forever…

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Lazar El Lissitzky (1890-1941)

Lazar El Lissitzky was born November 23, 1890 and died December 30, 1941.

Lissitzky was Russian Painter, typographer, and designer. His innovations in typography, advertising and exhibition design were particularly influential.

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-Lissitzky said that his designs or “stages” as he called them, should be a kind of “…showcase or stage on which the pictures make their appearance as actors in a drama or comedy, it should not imitate a living space.”

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Erik Spiekermann (1947)

Erik Spiekermann, born in 1947, studied History of Art and English in Berlin. He is information architect, type designer (FF Meta, FF MetaSerif, ITC Officina, FF Govan, FF Info, FF Unit, LoType, Berliner Grotesk and many corporate typefaces) and author of books and articles on type and typography.

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He was the founder (1979) of MetaDesign, Germany’s largest design firm with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco. Projects included corporate design programmes for Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen, Lexus, Heidelberg Printing and way-finding projects like Berlin Transit, Düsseldorf Airport and many others. In 1988 he started FontShop, a company for production and distribution of electronic fonts. Erik is board member of ATypI and the German Design Council and Past President of the ISTD, International Society of Typographic Designers, as well as the iiid. In 2001 he left MetaDesign and now runs SpiekermannPartners with offices in Berlin, London and San Francisco.

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Vince Frost (1964)

Born in England, raised in Canada and currently working from his design firm in Australia, Vince Frost has quite the track record.  From early beginnings as a young designer in Pentagram to an award winning graphic designer,  Vince Frost’s Big Magazine debut is what most point to as the moment he came into his own. He isn’t a one-hit wonder however as he has gone on to have a very illustrious career in design.  Below are some of his works as well as some of Frost* Design’s projects.

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Siobhan Keaney (1959)

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Siobhan Keaney was born in England in 1959. She has spent her career working in and around London, and continues to live and work there today. After graduating from the London College of Printing in 1982, Keaney spent three years working for three different design firms before opening her own studio in 1985, and has been working independently ever since. She has also been a visiting lecturer at several prestigious British universities, and is currently on the staff of the University of Brighton in Brighton, UK. She has designed postage stamps, posters, brochures, annual reports, and presentation materials. Her materials consist of photography and illustration; she almost entirely avoids the computer as a design medium because she finds that she cannot express herself effectively on it.

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Vaughan Oliver (1957)

Designer and Music Lover

Vaughan Oliver, born September 12, 1957 in Sedgefield, England, created a name for himself designing album art. (A very comprehensive collection of his works located here.) He lives south of London, starting work at 23 Envelope in the early 80’s and later v23, both of which are graphic design studios with close ties to the 4AD record label.

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Vaughan Oliver is inspired by working with music that can change his mind and changes his mood, the creativity of collaborators, keeping an open mind and stepping out of his comfort zone. His goal is for sound and vision to work with music and design in a way that is stronger than its individual parts. (Source: youtube) Continue reading

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876 -1944)

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Born: 22 December, 1876
Died: 2 December, 1944

Although he was more known as a writer and a theorist, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti was a revolutionary Italian typographer in that he pushed beyond the boundaries of ordinary typography and experimented with expressive type. He is an important component to the Futurist beginnings of typography. As a writer/poet, he wanted to express his words through design in ways that would reflect the changes around society during his time. The concept of Futurism comes from ideas about the future, of speed, technology, violence… revolutionary changes that were occurring during Marinetti’s time.

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