Feature: Design history


South Bank show

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

Machine head

Machine head

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

Marked by time

Marked by time

Two catalogues reveal much about stencil-making in Germany and the US in the mid-twentieth century, while…


Malcolm, Peter . . . and Keith

The British New Wave was born at a boys' school near Manchester

Reputations: Richard Hollis

Reputations: Richard Hollis

‘The ideal situation is where you sit with the client and design with them. If anything is emphasised…


Seize the sans serif

Raw, vigorous, experimental and often funny, Ark magazine helped to transform British graphics


The image as evidence

The career of Germano Facetti is exceptional in its range. As art director of Penguin Book covers in the…


Social vision

RoSPA’s WWII safety posters challenge orthodox views of British Modernism


The work must be read

Lawrence Weiner’s art is a kind of sculpture made of language, free from excess or embellishment and…


Permanent innovation

With his ‘livre objets’ for the French book clubs, Pierre Faucheux invented a new genre

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