Issue 34


Editorial, John L. Walters
Though we have designated this edition a ‘Public realm special issue’, it could be argued…
Screen, Jessica Helfand
Contradiction and comformity
Agenda, David Heathcote
To tackle bigger projects and take more responsibility, graphic designers will have to get together and…
Anti-advertising shows its teeth
Rick Poynor
The media became squeamish when confronted with a gory anti-burger ad. Who are they trying to protect? Critique by Rick Poynor


A design (to sign roads by)
Phil Baines
As an exemplary rational design programme, the road signs of Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert demand careful study. Despite poor application, inconsistent additions and muddle over the past four decades, their robust, flexible system – with its humane typeface and quirky pictograms – still functions throughout the length and breadth of Britain
Reputations: Jean Widmer
Ursula Held
‘Signage reflects both the complexity of space and the way a place is organised. And it is very satisfying’
A virtual city in a global square
John Warwicker
Reflections on a new project in Australia, where graphic elements provide the interface between the electronic world and the physical environment
John Warwicker
The cultural palace
John Warwicker
A postmodern state?
John Warwicker, Eye editors
Global language
David Heathcote
In its first edition, this seminal book was a groundbreaking collision between architecture and graphic design, emphasising 'image' over 'form'
Emily King
Pictures of non-places, the grubby and eroded gaps between the real spaces of the urban realm, make a spectacle of the unspectacular
Russell Holmes
The properties of this medium make it the plaything of artists, a cinematic cliche and a familiar, endlessly renewable element of the urban nightscape.
Tom Phillips
Despite regular attempts to suppress this unique 'folkart', London's public phone booths remain eclectic galleries of erotic vernacular.
David Heathcote
Though its public lettering reassures customers with poetry and fiction this shimmering mall is, at heart, a three dimensional shopping catalogue
Rick Poynor
Three books showing accidental collages of torn posters an other random marks revive interest in a style of image-making drawn from the city streets