Opinion: Design history

 
Cold War culture-jammer

Cold War culture-jammer

Design history, Visual Culture

Hispanic photomonteur Josep Renau aimed Technicolor jets of scorn at the mirage of US consumerist…

 
Words and pictures talking

Words and pictures talking

Design history, Critique / Photography

Canongate has reissued John Berger and Jean Mohr’s A Fortunate Man, about Gloucestershire doctor John…

 
Readymade format

Readymade format

Design history, Visual Culture

An illustrated ‘gift book’ dictionary by Heretic brings Marcel Duchamp’s ideas to a wider audience.…

 
Photographer as page maker

Photographer as page maker

Design history, Magazines, Reviews, Visual Culture, Web Critique

David Campany’s examination of Walker Evans’ freewheeling magazine work – for Fortune, Architectural…

 
Inspiration

Inspiration

Design history, Inspiration

Designer Simon Esterson finds inspiration in Ken Briggs’s National Theatre programmes from the 1960s

 

Changing of the guard

Design history

American graphic design is divided. The once rebellious avant-garde has become the status quo, while the…

 

What has writing got to do with design?

Design history

We canonise the giants of design history as champions of total authorship, while overlooking the obvious…

 
Inspiration

Inspiration

Design history

Type designer Jason Smith takes an appreciative look at the shapely curves of Eric Gill’s erotic…