David Crowley

Recent articles by David Crowley

Slip sliding into history

Issue 89, Winter 2014

Review

About halfway through this long and highly detailed study of the life and…

Book of revelations

Issue 88, 2014

Review

The uncontroversial premise of Multiple Signatures is that design is a…

Mr Beck’s uke map

Issue 85, Spring 2013

Review

Just over a hundred years ago the music business experienced its first major…

Guerrilla warfare, semiotic style

Issue 85, Spring 2013

Review

The political philosophy of anarchism has attracted some extraordinary and…

Shadows over Poland

Issue 83, 2012

Review

The Polish Poster School of the 1950s and 60s casts a long shadow over…

Designing dictatorship

Issue 69, Autumn 2008

Review

I went to Tate Modern a few years ago with a Polish friend who had grown up during…

Archeology of print

Issue 67, Spring 2008

Review

What comes to mind when you picture a French book? Perhaps it is the ivory-coloured…

Humanity And Publicity

Issue 63, Spring 2007

Review

This handsome and well illustrated monograph is the latest in a sequence of studies…

Strikethrough

Issue 69, Autumn 2008

Feature

The act of erasure, or striking out, can add new, unintended meanings to the images and information…

Human rights: from bathos to indignation

Issue 56, Summer 2005

Review

It is hard, if not impossible, to doubt the purpose of this book. Compiled by Lars…

Beneath the surface

Issue 45, Autumn 2002

Review

Ellen Lupton, the editor and principal author of this book, will be familiar to…

An anti-monument to success

Issue 44, Summer 2002

Review

Graphic design, on the evidence of most of the book-publishing activity that…

Stretching the credibility of science

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Review

Sometimes an exhibition so successfully crystallises a change in the way…

Fleet Street of walls

Issue 65, Autumn 2007

Feature

Wall newspapers, with a chequered history stretching from propaganda to protest, are populist and…

Out of hand

Issue 80, Summer 2011

Feature

Handwriting is a touchstone in the history of graphic design, where lettering meets the messy…

Detach, detourne and consume

Issue 42, Winter 2001

Feature

Alienation sells! The seductive flatness of Situationist aesthetics

Advertising and history

Issue 57, Autumn 2005

Opinion

Admen plunder the past – with no history to call their own

Recent blog posts by David Crowley

Book of revelations

13 February 2014

Michael Rock delivers more words about buildings and fnord
The uncontroversial premise of Multiple Signatures is that design is a collaborative act, writes David Crowley.