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James Victore Speaks Up

I’ve been sitting here for a few minutes trying to write a really nice introduction for this interview. Set the mood for what you are about to read. Many words have passed through my head to start writing something. Anything. Passion. Unique. Raw. Personal. Daring. Bold. Idea. Shock. Reaction.

And that is what James Victore’s does. It confuses you. It makes you smile, frown, think. It screws you up. It makes you want to swear. Yes, that’s exactly what it does: swear, curse, be profane. And that is the biggest compliment I can manage to give him and his work. Nobody else’s work makes me want to swear. It’s just a raw reaction. Just sprouts out of my mind and there it is. Fucking amazing.

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PUBLISHED ON Apr.26.2003 BY Armin
jonsel’s comment is:

Armin, nicely done. I like some of the attitude that is emerging in Speak Up interviews. It's wonderful when an interview can elicit real, emotional responses.

I also liked that you added a few images of his work for those who don't have much familiarity with him.

On Apr.28.2003 at 08:51 AM
Christopher May’s comment is:


On Apr.28.2003 at 10:20 AM
brook’s comment is:

can anyone give some links to background info on james? some of his work, etc? i've definitely seen some of it, but a compilation of it would be nice to see.

thanks, yo. and again, a great interview by armin. i think this is one of the big draws to our little site here.

On Apr.28.2003 at 12:14 PM
armin’s comment is:

>can anyone give some links to background info on james?

He does have a website, unfortunately the work is not there anymore. The change happened a couple of days ago. He used to have a strong compilation of work.

We talked about him not long ago too.

Try this Google search. There is lots of stuff about him on the web.

On Apr.28.2003 at 12:21 PM
armin’s comment is:

>I also liked that you added a few images of his work

I'm planning to do that on all interviews. If I could only stay awake for 24 hours everyday...

>It's wonderful when an interview can elicit real, emotional responses.

I know, I think this is the most "open" interview we have had. I really appreciated that he was so honest and candid.

On Apr.28.2003 at 12:23 PM
felix’s comment is:

James, according to last week's New York Times, is also getting a new museum in his backyard (Dia/Beacon, NY). Bastard! What luck! Move over Williamsburg, theres a new place to do art/ get mugged/ be proud.

Glad to see James popping in and sharing wisdom here at Speak Up. My interview with this year's AIGA medalist, Woody Pirtle (Pentagram), will be right on its heels!

On Apr.28.2003 at 12:33 PM
Briar’s comment is:

In the late 90s there was a design magazine that had too short of life called Critique. James Victore contributed to a few issues and they are worth looking for in your library or even ordering online.

In #6, Draftmanship he shows his sketches and development of the NAACP skull poster. It is just 2 pages, but it shows how the idea developed. On a future note: Woody Pirtle also takes a swing at redesigning the McDonald's logo in this issue.

For issue #14 he did the cover and opening sequence, illustrating a quote from Marty Neumeier.

He is also mentioned in the new book, Problem Solved. I forget the exact context, but it shows a lot of his work and also has some other great designers included.

On Apr.28.2003 at 03:59 PM
felix’s comment is:

Yes, Critique is sorely missed.

I assume our young readers are familiar with the likes of James Victore and Woody Pirtle, but one can never tell (see above and go figure).

On Apr.28.2003 at 04:48 PM
Pedro’s comment is:


One of the best and freshest interviews I've read in a long time.

And I've read some by now!!!!

Besides I think both the approach and the questions allowed James Victore to explain himslef and to clarify for us "designers" a lot of doubts we might have and which I have seen discussed in this same great website/forum.

Keep on the good work.

The images embedded in the interview are making the interviews have an extra dimension.

Oh, forgot to tell you: there are days with more than 24 hours!!!!

You just have to believe there are!!!!

On Apr.29.2003 at 12:12 AM
christopher may’s comment is:

"In the late 90s there was a design magazine that had too short of life called Critique. "

sniff... a tear comes to my eye thinking of the defuncted legend.

On Apr.29.2003 at 03:13 PM
briar’s comment is:

Hillman Curtis has a nice video interview with James Victore:


On Dec.07.2004 at 01:23 PM
Feluxe Socksmell’s comment is:

thx briar. i cant seem to link it to my feluxe.com site (james is there now). do you work at HC? cant i get a hand wi tthe secret password?

On Dec.07.2004 at 07:01 PM