John O’Reilly

Recent articles by John O’Reilly

Take it to the bridge

Issue 65, Autumn 2007

Review

The starting point for all communication, from advertising to emails, is the…

Straight to no. 1

Issue 69, Autumn 2008

Feature

A great commercial stock image is like a
three-minute pop song: the best have a simple repetitive…

More pricks and clicks

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Review

Back before we networked on Facebook by sending each other vampires, zombies…

One for the nihilistas

Issue 43, Spring 2002

Review

Throw up once at a party and it’s rude, ignorant and a bit pathetic. Make it a…

‘Folk art’ without the quote marks

Issue 57, Autumn 2005

Review

When I first met Jeremy Deller eleven years ago it was a match made in heaven. I…

7 types of design inquiry

Issue 82, Winter 2012

Feature

From folklore theory, via shamanism and the ‘magpie instinct’ for shiny things, graphic…

KesselsKramer

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

‘The online shrine
to crap design’

Issey Miyake

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

‘The site is to Web design what Miyake is to textiles’

Conclave Obscurum

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

‘You wouldn’t want to have
to book a train ticket from here’

The Saatchi Gallery

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

‘Porn site aesthetics applied to art’

The New York Times

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

‘The NYT scores in storytelling charisma’

Superfuture

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

‘Like late-1960s Vignelli ... totally contemporary’

Monocle

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

‘From kings to cupcakes’

Magnum Photos

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

‘A purposeful marriage of design and content’

Ocado

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

‘Appealing to middle class virtues, prudent, reserved’

Space to think, however untidy

Issue 76, Summer 2010

Review

The catalogue entry for this book shows the cover with a subtitle – ‘Emblem and…

Reading Habits

Issue 61, Autumn 2006

Feature

‘Good’ editorial design has no place in
The Guardian’s print-your-own A4 G24,
but readers love…

The floating signifier (text in full)

Issue 53, Autumn 2004

Feature

Branding a nation may be just a matter of saying everything there is to say about nothing

Common Knowledge

Issue 50, Winter 2003

Feature

Cyberspace's souvenir aesthetics

Visual journalism: magazines and technology

Issue 36, Summer 2000

Feature

New methods changed the way magazines are put together, so what is actually being sold in the stuff…

Pop music art

Issue 33, Autumn 1999

Feature

Whether technology threatens the death of the album sleeve or signals a new era, there is no lack of…

Self 2: Self-navigating

Issue 39, Spring 2001

Feature

Ask a search engine for graphic design and you end up with branding. A trawl that throws up Future…

The Press Release

Issue 38, Winter 2000

Feature

The press release is one of the principal methods through which design companies, art directors…

Self-propelled, self-made

Issue 38, Winter 2000

Feature

Big books give KesselsKramer and Fuel an instant air of authority.

Self-explanatory

Issue 38, Winter 2000

Feature

Postcards from Sans + Baum; Müller + Hess’s Xmas horror . . .

Self-control. self-raising

Issue 38, Winter 2000

Feature

Pentagram are ‘time-rich’. Browns are the young establishment.

Self-aggrandising, self-satisfied

Issue 38, Winter 2000

Feature

Brochures: Frost, Push, Elliott Peter Earls, the Office of CC . . .

Self-evident, self-motivated, self-perpetuating

Issue 38, Winter 2000

Feature

Creative work by Experimental Jetset, Mother, Struktur and others

Recent blog posts by John O’Reilly

Talking about the A-Word

13 May 2013

John O’Reilly reports from day one of the inaugural Point Conference in London, where the designated theme was ‘authenticity’.
There was a little thought-bubble that imagined Erik Spiekermann carving out his lecture, live, on his body, Sagmeister-style, so that the first Point Conference’s attendees would swoon at his bloody authenticity, writes John O’Reilly. But I was glad he didn’t.