Emigre, No. 12: Press Time!


Still crazy after all these years—and still a source of inspiration and insight. We didn’t really think Emigre was for us, but spending time with these issues has been revelatory. This award-winning quarterly (more or less) magazine published from 1984 until 2005 in Berkeley, was dedicated to visual communication, graphic design, typography, and design criticism. Produced by Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko, Emigre was known for creating some of the very first digital layouts and type designs. Exposure to Licko's typefaces through the magazine lead to the creation of Emigre Fonts in 1985. Seems silly trying to type more about this publication. Why type more about something that does such a good job of speaking for itself? These are good, good, good.


  • Rudy VanderLans, Richard, Line One!
  • Rudy VanderLans, Press Time! (introduction)
  • Rudy VanderLans, Dramatizatio
  • Christine Higdon and John Ormsby, Printing by Design.
  • Rudy VanderLans, interview with letterpress printer Julie Holcomb
  • Ed McDonald, The Hidden Paths are the Most Beautiful Ones. —H.N. Werkman
  • Rudy VanderLans, Reason/Emotion
  • Allen Hori, It Feels Like a Bad Play
  • Warren Lehrer and Phil Zimmerman, Plate Burning.
  • Size: 11.25 × 16.75 inches 
  • Pages: 28
  • Binding: Saddle stitched magazine 
  • Condition: Minor wear to extremities. Otherwise fine.
  • Publisher: Emigre, 1989