Critique

 

Critique is the regular Eye column by Rick Poynor.

 
Riches and embarrassment

Riches and embarrassment

Rick Poynor

A book of Swiss competition winners makes a virtue of its cold and awkward design. Yet if the jury seeks…

 
Too gaudy for words

Too gaudy for words

Rick Poynor

Independent’s new clothes do nothing to establish a once elegant paper as a vital force. Critique by…

 
Revelations in style

Revelations in style

Rick Poynor

Gallimard’s Découvertes series secures readers’ loyalty by showing respect for their curiosity and…

 
A persuasive chancer

A persuasive chancer

Rick Poynor

On the basis of its first issue The Happy Hypocrite is small, quietly experimental and just a bit…

 
Absolutely the ‘worst’

Absolutely the ‘worst’

Rick Poynor

How does a graphic work claim its place in history? Notoriety and originality helps, but nothing beats…

 
Shameless

Shameless

Rick Poynor

Hans-Peter Feldmann’s latest book celebrates the art of smoking

 
Portrait of the designer as author

Portrait of the designer as author

Rick Poynor

Chip Kidd, designer and now novelist, is as skilled at crafting his own image as he is at creating other…

 
Picture a story

Picture a story

Rick Poynor

Katy Homans’ daring and ambitious cover designs for New York Review Books confound expectations.…

 
No animals or models were harmed…

No animals or models were harmed…

Rick Poynor

Vogue’s fusion of high fashion with brutish behaviour besmirches readers by making abusive images…

 
Drifters

Drifters

Rick Poynor

Kapitaal renders the cityscape as a waking dream of signs and symbols. Critique by Rick Poynor

 
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