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Magic box: craft and the computer

Magic box: craft and the computer

David Crow

Long undervalued as a poor relation of art and design, craft is central once more. Essay by David Crow

 

Reputations: John Maeda

Elizabeth Resnick

‘People can rely on one trick if they use a computer. Once you make that trick, you just press a button…

 

The designer as alchemist

Mazier Raein, James Souttar

This seventeenth-century book is a layered fugue for chemistry, music, words and pictures: rich…

 
There is such a thing as society*

There is such a thing as society*

Andrew Howard

It is time to think again about design’s social function and the way it is determined by our culture.

 

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…

 

Wechlin-Tissot & Co brochure

Max Bill’s brochure for a Zurich medical supplier shows a less formal side to his Concrete Art

 

Reputations: Dan Fern

Rick Poynor

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

 
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