Rudy VanderLans, 28th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Rudy VanderLans

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Gallery - 350 W. 21st St

Author/Artist Bio

Rudy VanderLans is a founder and principal of Emigré, one of the most controversial and influential design groups of the past two decades. Founded in 1984, it has transformed type design, magazine layout, and the critical discussion of design, primarily through its quarterly journal, Emigré magazine. Emigré’s designs have won the most distinguished awards in the field, including the AlGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Gold Medal, the Publish Magazine Impact Award, and the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design. Originally intended as a cultural journal featuring the work of emigrants to the U.S., the first issue of Emigré was published in 1984, eventually becoming a full-fledged graphic design journal in 1988. Emigré magazine concentrated on work neglected by mainstream design publications, either because it did not adhere to traditional canons or was still in its formative stages. The issues, each built around a theme, explored new territories on design and its relation to culture. Through 69 issues, Emigré altered its format to reflect changes in design and VanderLans’ own formal and intellectual interests. VanderLans’ work also includes Emigré Music, an independent label, and various books featuring his photography and texts. VanderLans was born in The Hague, Holland, and attended the Royal Academy of Fine Art. He received a graduate degree in photography from University of California Berkeley.


VanderLans presented on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 5:00 p.m.


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