Mark Thomson

Recent articles by Mark Thomson

Bram de Does: the king of (functional) swing

Issue 98, Spring 2019


An insistence that technology should match design spurred typographer Bram de Does to create two…

Reputations: Fred Smeijers

Issue 90, Summer 2015


‘My father was a mechanic. Respect – for tools and for the material with which you work – is one…

Ways of seeing design

Issue 83, Summer 2012


From the breadth and vitality of the recent densely compiled retrospective…

Reputations: Peter Biľak

Issue 75, Spring 2010


‘I have more reasons to make fonts than ever … typeface design is a cumulative process, there are…

The Catalogue As Exhibition

Issue 63, Spring 2007


An inescapable fact about exhibiting books is that the essential ingredient of a…

Reputations: Kris Sowersby

Issue 79, Spring 2011


‘New Zealand is a young country and hasn’t had the time, or resources to develop a typeface…

Visions of Joanna

Issue 62, Winter 2006


For the first edition of ‘An Essay on Typography’, Eric Gill used his new serif font in the…

Mark Thomson

Issue 71, Spring 2009


‘The variations of nuance and voice are endless’

Design is not a solution

Issue 62, Winter 2006


A piece of design is the expression of an idea. It’s not a solution

Recent blog posts by Mark Thomson

Open and shut cases

3 May 2012

Bracewell’s ‘The Space Between’: the essence of a book as artwork
It is not often that entire books form the material, or part of the material, of works of art, but two of the nine pieces in ‘The Space Between’, curated by the writer Michael Bracewell, are made from complete books, writes Mark Thomson.

Graphic design by Richard Hollis

4 April 2012

Mark Thomson reviews the exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers in London
There are few occasions when something is genuinely unmissable, writes Mark Thomson, but for designers and students of design and curating alike, this is one. Hollis may be among the most influential British designers of the past 50 years, but this is the first serious survey of his design work.