Critical path

20 November 2018

Search for a star (librarian)

Search for a star (librarian)

St Bride Library is looking for someone to take charge of its extraordinary archive
The ad looks almost mundane at first glance, tucked away on a site called lisjobnet.com, which is for ‘Library & Information’ jobs. Yet what it is advertising is one of the most crucial roles in type and design history: the job of Librarian at St Bride Printing Library in London, writes John L. Walters.

9 November 2018

If you know where to look …

If you know where to look …

Graphic design academics assemble in Sheffield to prepare for the next REF, the Research Excellence Framework. Report by Steve Rigley
The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which takes place every seven years, is the means by which UK funding councils assess the quality and impact of academic research in higher education, writes Steve Rigley.

24 October 2018

Ending the war on wildlife

Ending the war on wildlife

Harry Woodgate’s science-driven illustration and design for A People’s Manifesto for Wildlife creates a human connection for its readers
In the long history of manifestos, many are as visually engaging as they are strong in their rhetoric. So when Chris Packham decided to publish A People’s Manifesto For Wildlife, he turned to illustrator and designer Harry Woodgate to help with his vision, writes Nigel Ball.

4 July 2018

Invisible women in Australian graphic design

Invisible women in Australian graphic design

The ‘afFEMation’ project throws new light on influential women in Australian design history. Jane Connory explains her multifaceted project
The afFEMation project stems from my belief that designers included in the history of Australian graphic design should be measured by their local influence rather than by their connections abroad, writes Jane Connory.

25 May 2018

Designers are only human

Designers are only human

‘Beyond Change’, a wide-ranging conference in Basel, Switzerland, gave voice to subjects often ignored within design discourse. By Katie Evans and Gabriela Matuszyk.
Thursday 8 March 2018 was International Women’s Day, marking the end of a significant twelve months for women’s rights, write Katie Evans and Gabriela Matuszyk.

6 April 2018

Follow the glitch

Follow the glitch

Vendela Grundell’s book Flow and Friction shows how glitch art, shaky and unstable, can recalibrate our ways of seeing. Review by Kevin J. Hunt
In her book Flow and Friction, art historian and photographer Vendela Grundell explores the way glitches reveal systems and the role of the interface in a postdigital age, writes Kevin J. Hunt.

15 March 2018

Powers of Pabrü

Powers of Pabrü

To discover the work of ‘Pabrü’ – Swiss designer Paul Brühwiler – head to Falmouth University. Jessica Jenkins sets the scene
‘Pabrü’, opens on 23 March 2018 at Falmouth University and offers fresh insights into the output of Swiss designer and artist Paul Brühwiler, writes the exhibition’s instigator Jessica Jenkins.

3 January 2018

The accidental student

The accidental student

What happens when you have just minutes to come up with a design? John Ridpath writes about the problem-solving benefits of ‘creative accidents’
‘Look at the photocopied type specimens on the table. Pick a letter “A” that you like. Draw a copy of it anywhere on your sheet of paper, using charcoal. It can be big or small, you can rotate it, you can draw it partially off the page. You have five minutes.’ Rod Judkins has just issued the first brief of ‘100 Design Projects’, a five-day course at Central Saint Martins, writes John Ridpath.

27 November 2017

Two tribes

Two tribes

It’s always fun to win awards. But what do two wildly different ceremonies tell us about the state of magazine design, editing and publishing? By John L. Walters
Last week I attended two magazine awards ceremonies on two successive days. I don’t make a habit of this, but I was involved as a nominee in both the Stack Awards and those run by the BSME, the British Society of Magazine Editors, writes John L. Walters.

13 July 2017

Type in Toronto

Type in Toronto

A-B-Z-TXT is an intensive, four-day getaway, a summer school that blends graphic design with media arts and a dash of linguistics  
What is a design school? A silly question, of course, writes Michèle Champagne, but one prompted by the massive growth of art and design programmes at universities and the strict disciplinary boundaries that still haunt them.
 
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