Adrian Shaughnessy

Recent articles by Adrian Shaughnessy

Rethinking Lubalin

Issue 83, 2012


As his book on Herb Lubalin – the first in almost 30 years – goes to press, Adrian Shaughnessy…

Failure – the designer’s guardian angel [EXTRACT]

Issue 71, Spring 2009


The phrase ‘Design Disasters’ is a bit of Helleresque sensationalism. Perhaps…

Back on the old battleground

Issue 48, Summer 2003


In Emigre No. 49 (1999), editor and founder Rudy VanderLans announced his…

Sad beauty of Bucher’s cover art

Issue 45, Autumn 2002


For the past 30 years, ECM founder Manfred Eicher has run his famous record label…

Raise the bar

Issue 79, Spring 2011


Uncompromising posters for the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers in Paris

One man brand?

Issue 76, Summer 2010


Manfred Eicher’s uncompromising artistic vision has always defined the look and feel of ECM.

Angela Lorenz [text in full]

Issue 49, Autumn 2003


A Berliner’s work finds parallels between laptop music and design

Think of your ears as eyes

Issue 16, Spring 1995


Barbara Wojirsch and Dieter Rehm bring a mysterious beauty to the record label graphics of ECM

Reinterpreting the classics

Issue 21, Summer 1996


For a handful of classical record companies, expressive design is a commercial priority.

Truth lies in the surface

Issue 42, Winter 2001


You can feel it. The unimpeachable authenticity of uncoated board

Not browsing but reading

Issue 36, Summer 2000


Is there an alternative to scrolling text and gap-toothed HTML?


Issue 33, Autumn 1999


Ben Drury’s freewheeling ‘house style’ mirrors the label's urban swagger


Issue 38, Winter 2000


Is graphic design, with its allusions and clutter, fundamentally antithetical to minimalism?

Smoke and glue

Issue 39, Spring 2001


The visual candour of Wallace Berman’s hand-bound Semina magazine links 1950s hipster art with…

Laptop aesthetics (text in full)

Issue 49, Autumn 2003


A crackly, digital approach informs one of three current design trends

Schism and reunification

Issue 72, Summer 2009


Where there was once discord, there is now harmony, as design zealously embraces the made image.…

Mystery and clarity

Issue 52, Summer 2004


These children’s book illustrations captured moments of social history

A glimpse of graphic hell (extract)

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


Whatever ideological stance they take, designers must at least believe in design

Recent blog posts by Adrian Shaughnessy

Historical digital

20 October 2011

Adrian Shaughnessey on the rise of laptop aesthetics … from 2003
What are the major stylistic trends in current graphic design? wrote Adrian Shaughnessey in Eye 49 (2003)