Clarity and contradiction

Liz Farrelly

Irma Boom’s work is lucid yet challenging. It upsets her colleagues, while pleasing her clients.



Judith Williamson

The bleak reality of sexism, however 1970s, or ‘cool’, demands a critique

The digital wave

The digital wave

Robin Kinross

The old manufacturing companies that dominated typeface production through most of this century have…


Designing demons

Steven Heller

The rhetoric of hate provides ‘a new kind of meaning’

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…

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