Émigré magazine exhibition, by The University of Reading

The University of Reading is hosting an exhibition showcasing the provocative former design magazine Émigré.

Émigré was founded in California in 1984 by Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko, and looked at the relationship between critical writing, self-publishing and experimental typography.

It had an initial print run of roughly 5,000 copies, and was supported by design studio Émigré Graphics, and a digital type foundry.

It ran until 2005, producing 69 issues across different formats including tabloid newspaper and paperback book.

The publication aimed to explore the relationship between writing and design, and the idea of graphic design as a form of “authorship”, says the university.

The exhibition has been co-curated by Francisca Monteiro and typography and graphic communication professor Rick Poynor, and will draw on Poynor’s personal collections alongside the university’s.

Émigré magazine: design, discourse and authorship runs from 12 June – 14 July 2017 at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6UA.