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The myth of genius

Monika Parrinder

The myth of genius – which promotes the artist as a lone, (even mad) pioneer – emerged when craftsmen…

 

Reputations: Bruce Mau

Steven Heller

‘I think it is one of the paradoxical conditions of design authorship, that you have to be both producer…

 

In my honey’s loving arms

Daniel Nadel

R. Crumb’s portraits reveal a tender side to the self-confessed misogynist

 

Under the surface of style

Andrew Blauvelt

Designers and critics alike reject style as shallow and meaningless. But they overlook the complex ways…

 

Sue Coe: eyewitness

Steven Heller

The New York-based artist makes ferocious images as instruments of social change. Her timely new book is a…

 

Reputations: Dan Fern

Rick Poynor

‘A lot of illustration sits very awkwardly alongside the contemporary digital typography scene. It can…

 
Punk uncovered: an unofficial history of provincial opposition

Punk uncovered: an unofficial history of provincial opposition

Ian Noble, Russell Bestley

British punk gave a sound, a voice and a visual currency to the disenfranchised and remote. Overlooked…

 
Bring me the head of Nelson Mandela

Bring me the head of Nelson Mandela

Sean O’Toole

Activist; fugitive; prisoner; icon: the evolving face of a famous name

 

Smartest letterer on the planet

Steven Heller

Chicago’s comic book hero has a finely tuned gift for hand-lettering

 

Reputations: Peter Saville

Rick Poynor

‘This is a post-design era. It’s deliberately going against all those things that were canonised in the…

 
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