Alice Twemlow

Recent articles by Alice Twemlow

Unstable relations

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Review

In what ways does language shape our understanding of art and design? This is the…

Forensic types

Issue 54, Winter 2004

Feature

Excavating the history of lettering gives this New York foundry a contemporary edge

Electronic Tumbleweed

Issue 63, Spring 2007

Review

When someone sets out to make a book to save the planet, they lay themselves bare…

End of history? Graphic design hasn’t started

Issue 59, Spring 2006

Review

The New Views symposium elicited two distinct perspectives on graphic design…

Deadpan Dutch design [extract]

Issue 55, Spring 2005

Review

False Flat presents a new and unsettling view of contemporary Dutch design. At…

Adding muscle to design with a computer-game protein shake

Issue 52, Summer 2004

Review

In her introduction, Brenda Laurel reminds us how designers are misconstrued…

Sex on the coffee table [EXTRACT]

Issue 51, Spring 2004

Review

Since 1984, the year when British Telecom was privatised, and the 1953 act against…

The decriminalisation of ornament

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Feature

Spurned and marginalised for more than a century, decoration is enjoying a guilt-free renaissance

‘No muscles, no tattoos’

Issue 61, Autumn 2006

Feature

Each of Jop van Bennekom’s eccentric magazines perches precariously at its niche’s edge

Club-wielding poster boy

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Review

‘American Badass’, ‘Totally Live, Totally Nude’, and ‘Follow Your Damn Bliss’ are…

Ordinary values

Issue 80, Summer 2011

Feature

Design discourse is slowly learning to appreciate the essence of the everyday, writes Alice Twemlow…

Omnivore: Perspective and embellishment

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Feature

Karen Hsu and Alice Chung of Omnivore use ornament to add meaning to a client brief

Mooren and Van der Velden: Argyle charm

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Feature

The Dutch design duo see decoration as a way to convey messages that are not direct statements

Denise Gonzales Crisp: The decorational

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Feature

For Denise Gonzales Crisp, typography has the deepest tradition of the decorative within graphic…

Marian Bantjes: Ornamentality

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Feature

For Marian Bantjes the most powerful ornament comes out of obsession and long hours of intense…

The loneliest insight?

Issue 50, Winter 2003

Feature

A broadsheet tackles Helvetica's use and abuse with the eye of an outsider

Conference madness

Issue 49, Autumn 2003

Feature

It’s a messy hybrid of live chat show, summer camp, theatre and rock’n’roll

Lists

Issue 47, Spring 2003

Feature

From the (a) trivial to the (b) deadly serious, lists dominate visual culture

A refreshing shock to the system [extract]

Issue 48, Summer 2003

Opinion

Jean Widmer, A Devotion to Modernism: Itinerary of a Designer from Zurich to Paris