Issue 70

Opinion

Riches and embarrassment
Critique, Rick Poynor

A book of Swiss competition winners makes a virtue of its cold and awkward design. Yet if the jury seeks…

Agenda [extract], Deborah Littlejohn

Creative genius’ is so last millennium. What design students want – and need – is skill in…

John L. Walters

Features

the editor

Contents of the latest issue

The Word on the street
Andrew Robertson

Asked to make a graphic intervention for a Lisbon chapel turned gallery, design studio R2 turned to…

The last picture shows
Mike Kippenhan
There is no greater manifestation of the United States’ love affair with the…
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

Make it real
Steve Hare

Forget fancy effects – ‘authenticity’ may be the most effective way to capture an audience

Buying into the Norm cosmos

The Swiss practice’s typefaces are quirky, oddly popular, and deceptively simple – also a critical…

Power of two
John L. Walters

Clients who hire the company behind Five’s new identity always work directly with the main men

Foot Prints
Barney Cox

Why do we assume that online publishing is greener than print and paper?

Play and playbill
Richard Hollis

Theatre programmes present designers with a challenge that can be turned into a dramatic opportunity

Quiet spirit of joy
Alan Powers

By championing pattern-making, art and ephemera, the Curwen Press brought a new ‘Comfy Modernism’ to…

Step and repeat
John L. Walters

Richard Rhys’s new foundry, which sells original patterns by designers and artists, gives a new twist to…

It’s about time
Anthony Oliver

From a technical viewpoint, digital photographic images can be every bit as good as film. The difference…