Feature: Design history

 
Tightly packed

Tightly packed

Owen Jones’s trademark design for biscuit tins has stayed the same for generations

 
Tony Brook on collecting

Tony Brook on collecting

Spin’s founder, the subject of Reputations in Eye 86, talks about his passion for poster collecting

 
Rub-down revolution

Rub-down revolution

A generation before home computers, Letraset’s dry transfer lettering made desktop typography possible –…

 
A tradition with breaks

A tradition with breaks

Stencil typefaces – late arrivals on the typographic scene – are going in new directions and…

 
Puffins on the plate

Puffins on the plate

How the Russian revolution – plus new technology – led to a colourful and radical change in children’s…

 
A Monotype timeline

A Monotype timeline

A selected, chronological list of notable events in the long, complex history of Monotype

 

NASA patches

Embroidered space travel patches, collected and appreciated by Eugene Dorr

 
Machine head

Machine head

Fritz Kahn commissioned illustrators to realise his surreal pedagogical vision – mechanical metaphors…

 
South Bank show

South Bank show

The Royal Festival hall has regained the thoroughly English lettering of its origins in the Festival of…

 
Willem Sandberg: Warm printing

Willem Sandberg: Warm printing

The Dutch pioneer’s catalogues for the Stedelijk show a tactile use of sensual materials and…

 
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