Stefan Sagmeister

You’ve got to admire this kind of dedication to the craft. Sagmeister, upon being invited to design the poster for an AIGA lecture he was giving, asked his assistant to carve the details on to his torso with an X-acto knife and photographed the result.

"Now a graphic icon of the 1990s, that 1999 AIGA Detroit poster typifies Stefan Sagmeister’s style. Striking to the point of sensationalism and humorous but in such an unsettling way that it’s nearly, but not quite unacceptable, his work mixes sexuality with wit and a whiff of the sinister. Sagmeister’s technique is often simple to the point of banality: from slashing D-I-Y text into his own skin for the AIGA Detroit poster, to spelling out words with roughly cut strips of white cloth for a 1999 brochure for his girlfriend, the fashion designer, Anni Kuan. The strength of his work lies in his ability to conceptualise: to come up with potent, original, stunningly appropriate ideas."

Design Museum bio - read it in full here.

David Carson

David Carson (b. 1954) is an American graphic designer, art director and surfer. He is best known for his innovative magazine design, and use of experimental typography.

"David Carson, the acclaimed graphic designer who created Ray Gun magazine, is the so-called Godfather of Grunge. His method was simple, his gospel twofold: you don’t have to know the rules before breaking them, and never mistake legibility for communication. Carson’s technique of ripping, shredding, and remaking letters touched a nerve. His covers for Ray Gun were bold and often disorienting. He once disliked a Ray Gun article on Bryan Ferry, and so set the entire spread in Zapf Dingbats.” -, The Rise and Fall of Grunge Typography.

The article can be read in full here.

Second Research List

Second list of people to research, re: favourite practitioners task.

  • David Carson
  • Stefan Sagmeister
  • Jonathan Barnbrook
  • Nicholas Blechman
  • M/M
  • Nagi Noda
  • Mark Farrow
  • John Maeda
  • Joachim Sauter
  • Benzin
  • 'Beautiful Losers' exhibition
  • Shepard Fairey
  • Ryan McGinness
  • Steven Heller’s Looking Closer series
  • Emigre
  • Rick Poyner’s No More Rules and Obey The Giant
  • Peter Saville
  • Neville Brody
  • Paula Scher

Also look into more female practitioners.

Read first list here.

Tacita Dean

Tacita Charlotte Dean OBE (born 1965) is an English visual artist who works primarily in film. She is one of the Young British Artists, and was a nominee for the Turner Prize in 1998. She lives and works in Berlin.

"The films, drawings and other works by Tacita Dean are extremely original. Her recent film portraits express something that neither painting nor photography can capture. They are purely film. And while Dean can appreciate the past, her art avoids any kind of academic approach. Dean‘s art is carried by a sense of history, time and place, light quality and the essence of the film itself. The focus of her subtle but ambitious work is the truth of the moment, the film as a medium and the sensibilities of the individual."

- Frith Street Gallery Biography

On the Tate Gallery website is an article on Dean, and an 11-minute film on her ideology, techniques and the discovery of her method. Both are worth looking at, so click here.

The Wire (Magazine)

The Wire is an independent, monthly music magazine covering a wide range of alternative, underground and non-mainstream musics. The Wire celebrates and interrogates the most visionary and inspiring, subversive and radical, marginalised and undervalued musicians on the planet, past and present, in the realms of avant rock, electronica, hiphop, new jazz, modern composition, traditional musics and beyond. Passionate, intelligent and provocative, The Wire wages war on the mundane and the mediocre. Its office is based in London, but it serves an international readership.

Visit it here.

Bill Drummond

William Ernest “Bill” Drummond (b. 29 April 1953) is a South African-born Scottish artist, musician, writer, and record producer. He was the co-founder of late 1980s avant-garde pop group The KLF and its 1990s media-manipulating successor, the K Foundation, with which he burned a million pounds in 1994. More recent art activities, carried out under Drummond’s chosen banner of the Penkiln Burn, include making and distributing cakes, soup, flowers, beds and shoe-shines. More recent music projects include No Music Day, and the international tour of a choir called The17. Drummond is the author of several books about art and music.

Score 3

To read the rest of the scores of The17, click here.

To visit Drummond’s site,, click here.

To watch Drummond’s talk on the nature of our relationship with music, and the change that the iPod has created, click here.

Jake Tilson

Jake Tilson (b. 1958) is an English artist, graphic designer, author and publisher.

Author and designer of A Tale of 12 Kitchens (2006), he published the arts magazines Cipher (1979-1981) and Atlas (1985-1993), taught in the Communication Design department at the Royal College of Art (1987-1999) and also works as a journalist. A retrospective exhibition of his art work was held at the Museo Internacional de Electrografia in Cuenca, Spain (1997), part funded by The British Council. He was an early adopter of the World Wide Web as a medium for art, using his website TheCooker (1994). As a graphic designer he has produced work for companies such as Paul Smith, Haworth Tompkins, Royal National Theatre and Warehouse plc.

"Rooted in everyday culture and a pervading sense of place, Tilson’s practice spans publishing, cultural commentary, photography and audio work and often focuses on the unremarkable and the everyday whilst purposefully avoiding any sense of spectacle."


"Jake Tilson has always been one of the more original voices in graphic design, his playful, multilayered work defying both convention and easy description."


Read the article about Tilson’s ‘In At The Deep End’ promo pack here.

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller (born 1966) is an English conceptual, video and installation artist. He won the Turner Prize in 2004. Deller is known for his Battle of Orgreave (2001), a reenactment of the actual Battle of Orgreave which occurred during the UK miners’ strike in 1984.

Read about it here.

From 2007 to 2011, Deller served as a Trustee of the Tate Gallery.

His eclectic work engages on a broad level with popular and traditional culture; his forays into folk art are deliberately low-brow, anti-urban and characterised by an entertaining lightness of touch.

Read his full Tate description here.

- Image from Sacrilege (2012)

For more information about Deller and his various projects, see his website here.