Kerry William Purcell

Recent articles by Kerry William Purcell

British design myths dispelled

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Review

While, on the surface, Modern British Posters seeks to chart the evolution of the…

Modern method

Issue 79, Spring 2011

Feature

As the Design Museum launches a retrospective of Wim Crouwel’s work, Kerry William Purcell…

Delightful Precipice At The Edge Of Communicative Reality

Issue 63, Spring 2007

Review

Creating the impression that we are experiencing genuine change, while in actuality…

Swing to the right… creatively speaking [extract]

Issue 62, Winter 2006

Review

Many art and design educators look to the idea of the lateralisation of brain…

Designer poetry [extract]

Issue 62, Winter 2006

Review

I recently discovered on a visit to my daughter’s primary school how today’s…

Plundering history for handy hints

Issue 61, Autumn 2006

Review

It appears from the wealth of compendiums on graphic design history that little has…

The birth of Swiss graphic design

Issue 60, Summer 2006

Review

It was in an attempt to clarify the meaning of language as arising from its use…

A very English tradition

Issue 60, Summer 2006

Review

If graphic design history can be read as a family tree, Britain has long played the…

Peak practice: beautiful Swiss books

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Review

As I write these words in my Zurich hotel room, fireworks are exploding outside to…

A talent that linked Modernism with life

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Review

Graphic design is a formless discipline. Functioning at the nexus point of so many…

Commerce, culture and customer publishing

Issue 57, Autumn 2005

Review

The transformation of culture into commerce has been one of the defining features…

Thou shalt not tweak fonts

Issue 56, Summer 2005

Review

A commodity is, Marx once said, ‘a mysterious thing.’ They are objects that…

What’s it all about, Bruce?

Issue 56, Summer 2005

Review

Incorporating a book, exhibition, website, and even a radio show, Massive Change is…

The Fellowship of Magnum [extract]

Issue 55, Spring 2005

Review

George Orwell once wrote that ‘Good prose is like a window-pane’. In the realm…

The grip of American Modernism [EXTRACT]

Issue 51, Spring 2004

Review

Any historical investigation must engage with questions of identity and difference.…

The end of Swiss graphics

Issue 49, Autumn 2003

Review

Edited and conceived by the Lausanne-based experimental group Happypets…

Canon count: the Livingstons’ balancing act

Issue 48, Summer 2003

Review

‘Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?’ The words of the…

The impact of Vorticism

Issue 81, Autumn 2011

Review

Is it a sign of the growing acceptance of graphic design as a legitimate subject…

The Crafty Linotyper

Issue 55, Spring 2005

Feature

Made in 1941 for AD magazine, Herbert Matter’s ‘typographic ballet’ is a dreamlike curiosity

Adventures in motion pictures

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

‘It’s like a game of rock-paper-scissors, in which the flicker of film melts the frozen…