Blog: Critical path

22 November 2021

Style and satire

Style and satire

What happened when Private Eye went to Town? Anne Braybon reveals a curious link between two very different 1960s magazines

In March 1962 Private Eye published About, a parody of About Town magazine (see Eye 96) …

27 August 2021

Books received #46

Books received #46

Dosłownie by Janusz Górski; Eco Worrier by James Marsh; Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives
There are three titles that caught our attention in recent months. The book Dosłownie. Liternicze…

25 May 2021

The clarity of the innocent eye

The clarity of the innocent eye

ken garland

In this previously unpublished essay from 2003, Ken Garland (who died last week) urges designers to be ‘alert’. In an afterword, Andrew Howard explains the context
I’ve been working as a graphic designer for 50 years, first as an art director…

3 February 2021

To share or not to share …

To share or not to share …

Designers are uniquely placed to navigate the ethical issues of our increasingly connected world. John Ridpath speaks to Clever°Franke about a speculative labelling system and Cirque du Data
Engaging the public around the topic of data (and its responsible use) has been a…

6 July 2020

Say their names

Say their names

In the weeks following George Floyd’s death, Minnesota’s Twin Cities filled with graphic expressions of rage, mourning, solidarity and hope. By Steven McCarthy
In the wake of George Floyd’s unwarranted death at the knee of a Minneapolis police…

17 January 2020

Harmonic voices

Harmonic voices

Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography’s exhibition ‘Mike / Sierra / Tango’ addressed the broad landscape of contemporary, multi-script typefaces
An exhibition shown at the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography [HMCT] and ATypI Tokyo 201…

13 May 2019

Not at your service

Not at your service

Anne-Marie Willis has assembled a compelling collection of essays that address the ways design and philosophy can change our lives. Review by John O’Reilly
Bloomsbury’s new reader on the crossovers of design and philosophy asks us to question the…

20 November 2018

Search for a star (librarian)

Search for a star (librarian)

St Bride Library is looking for someone to take charge of its extraordinary archive
The ad looks almost mundane at first glance, tucked away on a site called lisjobnet.com…

9 November 2018

If you know where to look …

If you know where to look …

Graphic design academics assemble in Sheffield to prepare for the next REF, the Research Excellence Framework. Report by Steve Rigley
The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which takes place every seven years, is the means by…

24 October 2018

Ending the war on wildlife

Ending the war on wildlife

Harry Woodgate’s science-driven illustration and design for A People’s Manifesto for Wildlife creates a human connection for its readers
In the long history of manifestos, many are as visually engaging as they are strong…
 
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