Issue 315 - Digital Version


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May / June 1998
Cover Image: 
Detail from Tarzan movie poster. Designer: Zdeněk Ziegler.

Issue 315 of Graphis magazine contains stories on: Alan Chan Design Company: A Tentative Embrace, by Chris Anderson; Crawling into the Brain of Art Spiegelman, by Arthur Lubow; Carmichael Lynch: Turning Admen into Enthusiasts, by Kira Obolensky; Tadanori Yokoo: Mother Nature’s Son, by Maggie Kinser Saiki; A Sago Longer than Its Name, by Hugh Aldersey–Williams; The Ultimate Triumph of Zdenek Ziegler, by Jane Perlez; Ken Burns Makes History Happen Now, by Martin C. Pedersen; and Alexander Liberman, by Véronique Vienne.


Cover: Detail from Tarzan movie poster. Designer: Zdenek Ziegler.

4 Editorial

7 Contributors to this Issue

8 Chairma Rolf Fehlbaum Reviewed by Heinke Jenssen

8 Der geduldige Planet Reviewed by Brita Polzer

8 Deutschlands erster Art Director Reviewed by Herbert Lechner

10 Product Design: What Ever Happened to French Design? By Mel Byars

14 Graphic Design: War of the Wor(l)ds By M. Barden Prisant

18 Consumer Products By Yanitza Tavarez

24 Alan Chan Design Company: A Tentative Embrace
Called by many Hong Kong's greatest designer, Alan Chan faces new business challenges caused by political change in his home city and financial instability in the region. By Chris Anderson

40 Crawling into the Brain of Art Spiegelman
His Pulitzer prize-winning Maus literally reinvented the graphic novel. Its creator defends the lowly comic strip and explains why it is the most intimate art form of all. By Arthur Lubow

48 Carmichael Lynch: Turning Admen into Enthusiasts
The Minneapolis-based agency has built a creative powerhouse on a very simple premise: they do work for clients whose products they actually like. By Kira Obolensky

66 Tadanori Yokoo: Mother Nature's Son
Through his creation of images that startle and sing, Tadanori Yokoo explores the unification of life and art and also reveals his own magnetic field of genius. By Maggie Kinser Saiki

80 A Saga Longer than Its Name
For British bad boy Damien Hirst, publisher Edward Booth-Clibborn wanted something more than the typical artist's monograph. Three years and thousands of dollars later, he got it. By Hugh Aldersey-Williams

86 The Ultimate Triumph of Zdenek Ziegler
He spent nearly his entire of professional life under the thumb of an oppressive regime. The fall of Communism in the Czech Republic brought vindication to its leading graphic designer. By Jane Perlez

96 Ken Burns Makes History Happen Now By Martin C. Pederson

102 Alexander Liberman By Véronique Vienne

108 Global Report

110 Type Directors Club

112 Art Directors Club

113 German By Heinke Jenssen

129 French By Caroline Droz, Isabelle Wolf

146 The European Art Directors Club

152 Peka Loiri Graphic Design, Helsinki, Finland

156 Arthur Tress Photography, New York, New York