Emigre, No. 16: Sound Design


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, Sound Design
  • Rudy VanderLans, interview with James Towning
  • Unsolicited material: Freddy the Bastard and Choplogic
  • Rudy VanderLans, interview with Stephen Sheehan
  • Unsolicited material: Nick Bell, VEX, LIES, Cactus and Bruce Licher
  • Rudy VanderLans, interview with Bruce Licher
  • Rudy VanderLans, Emigre Music!
  • Unsolicited material: Madam X
  • Rudy VanderLans, Every Good Boy (interview with Erik Deerly and Brian Deck).
  • Elizabeth Dunn, Nancy’s Magazine (interview with Nancy).
  • Size: 11.25 × 16.75 inches 
  • Pages: 32
  • Binding: Saddle stitched magazine 
  • Condition: Minor wear to extremities. Otherwise fine.
  • Publisher: Emigre, 1990