White space black hat

Jeremy Myerson

Derek Birdsall harbours a secret. It has given him 30 years at the top. If it works, he says, use it…


Total design

Steven Heller

In its all too brief life, Alexey Brodovitch’s Portfolio magazine achieved perfection


Techno cubists

Mike Hicks

Champions of the layered look, Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell wed theory and technological wizardry


Reputations: Sheila Levrant de Bretteville

Ellen Lupton

‘Diversity and inclusiveness are our only hope. It is not possible to plaster everything over with clean…


Quentin Fiore: Massaging the message

Abbott Miller

The man who gave form to Marshall McLuhan’s ‘global village’ designed books that were both for and ahead…


Your system sucks!

Natalia Ilyin

The flight from Modernism left a yearning for graphics that were rough, real, unaffected and believable.…


Prints of Islam

Rana Salam

In Syria and Beirut, craftsmen make inexpensive devotional images for the workplace and home


Max Bittrof: visual engineer

Friedrich Friedl

Max Bittrof was one of the leading German designers of the 1920s. Unlike many exponents of the New…


Stop making sense

VĂ©ronique Vienne

The best-loved children’s stories are for adults too. Five American illustrators push at the boundaries…


Video to go

Michael Horsham

Video packaging is an area of graphics both marginal and ubiquitous. Who decides how it looks?

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