Alice Twemlow

Recent articles by Alice Twemlow

Unstable relations

Issue 68, Summer 2008


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

Forensic types

Issue 54, Winter 2004


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

Electronic Tumbleweed

Issue 63, Spring 2007


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


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

Deadpan Dutch design [extract]

Issue 55, Spring 2005


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


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

Sex on the coffee table [EXTRACT]

Issue 51, Spring 2004


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

The decriminalisation of ornament

Issue 58, Winter 2005


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

‘No muscles, no tattoos’

Issue 61, Autumn 2006


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

Club-wielding poster boy

Issue 77, Autumn 2010


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

Ordinary values

Issue 80, Summer 2011


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

Omnivore: Perspective and embellishment

Issue 58, Winter 2005


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


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


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

Marian Bantjes: Ornamentality

Issue 58, Winter 2005


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

The loneliest insight?

Issue 50, Winter 2003


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


Issue 47, Spring 2003


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

Conference madness

Issue 49, Autumn 2003


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

A refreshing shock to the system [extract]

Issue 48, Summer 2003


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