"Everything must come to an end, and after publishing Emigre magazine for over 21 years we’re both relieved and just a little bit sad to announce that #69 will be our final issue. This milestone issue features a behind-the-scenes look at the history of Emigre magazine, while our contributors and colleagues bid us farewell. It was quite an experience." —Rudy VanderLans & Zuzana Licko
Emigre, the magazine and font foundry, has been a significant influence in my design education. I studied visual communications at the Alberta College of Art & Design from 1992-95, so Emigre had already been around for decade when I first became aware of them. It was in the monograph published on occasion of their 10th anniversary where I discovered the origins of digital typography and design.
I remember a most significant purchase made at SWIPE books while on a visit to Toronto. I bought my first issue of Emigre and a copy of the British publication Eye. On my student budget, this was a thoughtul, weighty purchase. And it was the start of what can only be described as a design magazine addiction!
Actually, Communication Arts was the very first magazine to influence my career — in fact, it lead me to my career. I first discovered the magazine in the Saskatoon Public Library when I was in highschool. Until feasting my eyes on its lush glossy pages, I had not realized that my love of images and letters could translate into a real profession. My parents generously paid for the expensive subscription as a Christmas present and very soon afterwards, I made up my mind to become a graphic designer.
Communication Arts has long been my measure for the ultimate in top-quality design, so it was a huge thrill and milestone that my Leaflet project was included in the 2004 Design Annual (and featured on the cover design!). I am equally pleased that they have selected the UPPERCASE line of typographic greeting cards for this year's Annual.