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Emigre Magazine Index

The Emigre Magazine Index, part of the Goldstein Museum of Design, was developed as a resource for designers, scholars and fans of Emigre magazine. In addition to visual design, my roles were in project conception, research, information architecture and website production. By meticulously mining the contents of the entire collection, others are allowed to see the impressive breadth of contributions over the publication’s 22 year existence. The index is focused on connections between issues, people and the original typefaces used throughout the magazine.

Details on the project are included in my 2016 article published in Design and Culture journal (see below).

Emigre published 69 issues between 1984 and 2005. Subversive and sophisticated, its founders Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko – together with numerous designers, writers and artists – assisted in elevating typography and graphic design to a serious and respected field of study.

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Barness, J. S. (2012). Emigre Magazine Index. St. Paul, MN: Goldstein Museum of Design.


Barness, J. S. (2016). Designing the Emigre Magazine Index: Theory and Practice in an Alternative Research Tool. Design and Culture, 8(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17547075.2016.1187913


2013. "Designing the Emigre Magazine Index at the Goldstein Museum of Design" presentations at the Design and the Digital Humanities panel, Midwest Modern Language Association (M/MLA) annual convention. Milwaukee, WI.
Goldstein Museum of Design blog post [project summary]
Design & the DH panel summary (PDF)

In the Media

Women of Graphic Design (Oct 2014). The Emigre Magazine Index.
Emigre (Oct 2012). Cataloguing Emigre Magazine.


Joss Graduate Internship (research, design and production), Goldstein Museum of Design.