Emigre, No. 19: Starting From Zero


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, Introduction
  • Keith Robertson, Starting from Zero
  • Rudy VanderLans, 3 . . . Days at Cranbrook (interview with Katherine McCoy, P. Scott Makela, Edward Fella and Laurie Haycock Makela)
  • Laurie Haycock Makela, No Sign No Form No Word No God
  • Rudy VanderLans, interview with Henk Elenga of Hard Werken
  • John Weber, Design Nirvana (essay with projects by Weber)
  • Rudy VanderLans, Emigre Music Manifesto?
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  • Size: 11.25 × 16.75 inches 
  • Pages: 40
  • Binding: Saddle stitched magazine 
  • Condition: Corners bumped. Otherwise fine.
  • Publisher: Emigre, 1991