Emigre, No. 6: International Culture


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.

Part 1

  • Salman Rushdie, The Location of Brazil (quote).
  • Jeffrey Browning, Introduction.
  • Stefano Massei, Home Away from Home (photographs).
  • Didier Crémieux and Scott Williams, The History of the World (painting, interview: VanderLans).
  • Andrea Goldstein, Torso de Mulher (photographs).
  • Karen Douglas, Cross Channel Ferry, God Made me Perfect (paintings).

Part 2

  • John Hersey, Bob Hope (digital portrait).
  • Kees Broos, But It’s So Ugly . . . (essay on Hard Werken).
  • Rudy VanderLans, Tuxedomoon’s Principle (interview with Peter Principle).
  • Stanley Banos, Life with Bob (short story, illustration by Ward Schumaker).
  • Kyle Thayer, interview with Gavin Flint.
  • John Fante, Thy Beauty is to Me (short story).
  • Peter Claessens, The China of the Mind (interview with Winston Tong).
  • William Cone, Gertrude Stein (portrait painting).
  • Alice Polesky, (commentary).

Part 3

  • Rigo, Reyvision (visual project).

Part 4

  • Susan E. King, Minor Religion (letterpress printed fan).
  • Size: 11.5 × 17 inches 
  • Pages: Part 1: 16; Part 2: 32; Part 3: 16; Part 4: Letterpress printed fan. 
  • Binding: Three oversized pamphlets + fan in a corrugated custom box. 
  • Publisher: Emigre, 1986