25 May 2016
Rick Poynor meets David King, a genuine designer-author driven by an overriding need to lock horns with meaningful subject matter
Stepping across the threshold of David King’s North London house is like plunging into a history lesson, wrote Rick Poynor in 1998. King has devoted 30 years to amassing what may be the world’s largest private collection of photographs, books and magazines documenting the history of Russia and the Soviet Union.
22 May 2016
‘It was always my idea to get across complex or difficult subjects to a wider audience. That’s what visual people like us can do.’
British designer, author and archivist David King died on 11 May 2016.
2 February 2012
Good, bad and ugly cover ‘tributes’: a new spin on the death of music design.
The album cover may have lost its mojo as far as contemporary culture is concerned, but its classic era (from Blue Note to 4AD, say) maintains a powerful grip on the imaginations of music-loving designers, writes John L. Walters.
25 August 2010
The short-lived graphic energy of punk fanzines and posters
In ‘Scribble and strum’, just published in Eye 76, Andrew Losowsky took us through the design of a selection of notable music magazines, past and present.
29 March 2009
‘Collecting images is not enough. How democratic is it?’
In a very polite, and very Dutch way, writes Simon Esterson, Jan van Toorn used the latest D&AD lecture to remind the audience at London’s Mermaid Theatre about graphic design’s social possibilities. He told us we should break out of our design stereotypes because, ‘it’s boring to produce neat things’.