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Emigre Wins TDC Medal  07.20.2016

On July 12th we traveled to New York City to receive the 29th Type Directors Club Medal. Over the past 49 years the TDC Medal has been awarded to individuals who excel in the field of typography and typographic design. We couldn't be more proud to be following in the footsteps of our personal heroes Matthew Carter, Erik Spiekermann, Herb Lubalin, Gerrit Noordzij and many other luminaries. The event was held at Cooper Union.

The video of our work, shown during the TDC Medal awards ceremony, was created by:
Creative Director — Graham Clifford
Editor — Danny Ameri (Very Nice Industries)
Music — Mystery of the Plain by Honey Barbara

Here's our acceptance speech:

32 years ago, in 1984, we printed five hundred copies of Emigre magazine #1, and we couldn't give them away, no matter how hard we tried. We had boxes full of leftover copies stashed under our bed for a long time. Fast forward to a couple of months ago, and out of the blue Carol Wahler calls us telling us we won the Type Directors Club medal. What happened in between those two events is like one big blur to us.

But there are some standout moments, and two of them include encounters with design icons from New York. I call them out because they were very important to us and our careers.

Steven Heller was the first person to ever mention Emigre in a short article that he wrote for I.D. magazine titled "Culture Tabs." He's been a huge supporter of our work ever since and opened many doors for us. He's also been a fair critic, never pulling any punches, always speaking his mind. We didn't always agree, but there's no doubt we owe a lot to Steven Heller.

The other icon is Massimo Vignelli. We never actually met him in person, but we got all tangled up when Massimo mentioned in Print magazine in 1994 that he hated our work. Actually, he didn't just dismiss it, he spent a good amount of time explaining why. That hurt our feelings at first, but in hindsight, the fact that Massimo Vignelli mentioned our work at all, made a lot of people pay attention to what we were doing. But the real import of his comments was the serious nature and passion of his critique. That passion was evidence of the heated discussions within design that existed then. And we miss those days.

So we were lucky to be working during a time when design mattered to people enough to speak their mind, and have serious discussions about design, and we feel fortunate to have been the recipient of their scrutiny. This medal notwithstanding, you learn a lot from people who take the time to criticize your work.

There are many other people who need mentioning here, since you don't get to this point all by yourself. Emigre has always been a collaborative project. Many of our typefaces were designed by outside designers. Countless contributors have worked on Emigre magazine. We often feel that too much credit is given to just the two of us. But the list is long and this evening is short.

Finally, we usually tell ourselves that awards like this don't mean much. They won't impress our clients. They won't make it easier to convince people that design matters. It doesn't justify raising our font prices. And I'm guessing that Massimo Vignelli would still be skeptical towards our work, TDC medal or not.

But when you get the call, out of the blue, informing you that you've just been nominated to receive the TDC medal, all that negative thinking evaporates and all you can think about is how amazing this is. And then you read the list of previous recipients, which includes some of the most iconic figures in design, and you're humbled, and you feel a little bit like a fraud, because how can you possibly measure up to these giants? Luckily, we're still alive and kicking, so we have time to catch up, and this medal is telling us we're on the right track.

Thank you very much Type Directors Club, thank you for this incredible honor, thank you Carol for your unending enthusiasm, thank you Graham for producing a wonderful montage of our work, and thank you all for being here.


Zuzana Licko Interview  06.29.2016

MyFonts, our top reseller, just published a lengthy interview with Zuzana Licko conducted by Jan Middendorp. She answers questions about her roots, her love for ceramics, her approach to revivals, and how early digital technology inspired much of her type design output.


Emigre Donates Archive  06.20.2016

We're happy to announce that we have donated the Emigre archive to Letterform Archive in SanFrancisco. This once-in-a-lifetime decision wasn't easy to make, but was made much easier by Letterform Archive's enthusiastic support and devoted staff. Our donation includes original paste-up boards for Emigre magazine and a complete run of the publication, plus press sheets, audio tapes of interviews, merchandise, ephemera, correspondence, typeface development files, and type catalogs.

We selected Letterform Archive to house and preserve our work because of its world-class type & design collection. It's also easily accessible to the public, it actively promotes itself to the design community, and it’s run by knowledgeable and dedicated professionals. We're honored to have our work sit alongside some of the world's best-known graphic design artifacts. Letterform Archive will incorporate this donation into their programs and services, to introduce a broader audience to Emigre’s history, and to put the collection online for type lovers near and far.

You can read more about this donation and Letterform Archive's many type-related events, including workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and publications on their website


Fontstand Interview  06.15.2016

Check out the interview with Rudy VanderLans about Emigre's legacy and future on the Fontstand website. After more than three decades of activity, how does VanderLans see Emigre in 2016? And how does he feel about the aging of its body of work?

Also, read a well-considered reply by Stephen Coles on his Typographica website in response to Emigre's Fontstand interview.


Fonts for Rent  06.03.2016

After 30 years of saying NO, we can finally say YES! to free font trials through the Fontstand service.

Fontstand is a Mac OS X app that allows you to try fonts for free or rent them by the month for desktop use for just a fraction of the regular price. Even better, if you rent the font for 12 months it’s yours to keep.

We are kicking off this new venture by making a selection of the Emigre Font library available through this service, including such long-time favorites as Mr and Mrs Eaves, Filosofia, Matrix, Fairplex and many others.

We're excited to provide this additional choice to use our fonts. Give it a try, and let us know what you think on Facebook or follow Fontstand on Twitter.


Emigre Fonts: Type Specimens 1986-2016  06.01.2016

Emigre's latest book is a 752-page compilation celebrating the art of the type specimen. The book features reprints of Emigre's most remarkable specimen designs covering a period of 30 years. Besides displaying the virtues of the fonts and revealing the processes used to design them, these specimens go beyond their primary function as sales tools and can be enjoyed as much for the typefaces as for their esoteric content. If your collection of Emigre's popular type specimens is incomplete, or if you've missed out on these entirely, here's your opportunity to catch up.

You can read a review of the book at AIGA's Eye on Design.

Published by Gingko Press Inc. Available in cool bookstores everywhere. Or you can order copies directly from Gingko Press or Emigre.


Free Type Specimens  01.11.2016

We've added nine type specimens to our list of free downloadable PDFs!

These catalogs are from the early days of Emigre and include a slightly reconstructed version of our very first catalog of low resolution fonts titled "Digital Fonts" (1986); the original catalog design for Mrs Eaves (1996); and a reconstructed catalog for Base Monospace which was originally published as a poster (1997). The list also includes PDF versions of specimens that have long since sold out for such classic typefaces as Platelet, Keedy Sans, NotCaslon, Poppi, Dalliance, and The Apollo Program.


Still Lifes, California  12.03.2015

For his latest monograph, Still Lifes, California, Rudy VanderLans selected more than 100 photographs spanning a decade and thousands of miles of California highways. Along the way he’s captured vignettes that punctuate the beauty and absurdity of the California environment. Empty of people but littered with the traces of human enterprise, these often surprising and always beautifully composed images will give readers much to ponder. From Hopland to Hollywood and Modesto to the Mojave, this is California as uncovered by the ever-curious author.

Published by Gingko Press.


Handmade Ceramics by Zuzana Licko  11.24.2015

A new collection of handmade ceramics by Zuzana Licko is now available. These one-of-a-kind vases are offered in a variety of colorful glazes applied to various shades of stoneware. Heights range from 2.5 to 8 inches.


Emigre Sponsors Typographics  05.13.2015

Emigre is a proud sponsor of Typographics, a 10-day design festival devoted to contemporary typography, with talks, workshops, and tours. Featuring participants such as House Industries' Ken Barber, Pentagram's Paula Scher and Abbott Miller, Alex Trochut, Erik van Blokland, Jonathan Hoefler and many, many others. June 8-18, 2015, New York City.

Stop by our Facebook page to pick up the promo code and save $50 on the conference. While you are there, give us a “Like.”




Emigre Wins TDC Medal

Zuzana Licko Interview

Emigre Donates Archive

Fontstand Interview

Fonts for Rent

Emigre Fonts: Type Specimens 1986-2016

Free Type Specimens

Still Lifes, California

Handmade Ceramics by Zuzana Licko

Emigre Sponsors Typographics

Nine Literary Types

Cardea Among 2014 Favorites

Handmade Ceramics by Zuzana Licko

Cardea Making Waves

Emigre on Facebook

Emigre Fonts Wearables

Design is a Good Idea - Premium


Free Cardea PDF Catalog

UNIQLO Loves Emigre (II)

Design is a Good Idea Mousepad

LACMA Acquires Emigre Posters

UNIQLO Loves Emigre

Design is a Good Idea

Introducing Cardea

ShowTime #8

ShowTime #7

ShowTime #6

ShowTime #5

Emigre Fonts Type Sampler

Zuzana Licko Wins SOTA Award!

Emigre in Japan

ShowTime #4

ShowTime #3

Emigre Loves Ed

Introducing Program

ShowTime #2

ShowTime #1

Talk of the Town

Cataloguing Emigre Magazine

Celebrate 65

Back to School Special


Designers & Books

Typopassage Timisoara

Emigre in Brno

Big in Romania

Designers & Books

Alda Designer Berton Hasebe Receives Print Magazine Honors

Emigre Sponsors TYPO San Francisco 2012

Mr & Mrs Eaves Completed

Emigre at Museum of Modern and Contemp. Art in Bolzano, Italy

Base 900 PDF Catalog

Emigre at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Emigre at Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Emigre at Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC

Emigre Fonts PDF Catalogs

Dutch Treat

Neon Suburban

The Legibility Wars are Over and the Winner is...

Books of Excellence

Bitmapped Maple

A Note on the Type

Emigre Inducted

Emigre Typefaces Enter MoMA Design Collection

Council Holding Court in New Orleans

Emigre Magazine Preserved in Zurich

Lost Battlefield Marker Found

Emigre Featured on Fast Company Website

Emigre Publishes New Type Specimen

Emigre Book at Athenaeum Bookstore in Amsterdam

Emigre at Gallery 16

Emigre at Gallery 16 Installation

Emigre Book at SFMoMA Museum Store

Emigre Book at William Stout

Emigre Magazine at Berardo Museum in Lisbon, Portugal

Emigre Featured in IDEA Magazine

Brand New Emigre Catalog Arrives at Emeryville Warehouse

Emigre Puzzler Prints at North Berkeley Frame & Gallery

Emigre Photo Portfolio Presented at The Photography Show 2007

Emigre at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Emigre Vases at Heath Ceramics

Emigre Photo at San Jose Museum of Art

A Graphic History of Emigre Magazine by Idea

Emigre Magazine at Visionaire Gallery

Emigre at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

Emigre and Gallery 16 Present: 13 Big Western Landscapes
by Rudy Vand

World Wide Farewell Tour

Fish Eye; A Talk for the Screen


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