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…
The media became squeamish when confronted with a gory anti-burger ad. Who are they trying to protect? Critique by Rick Poynor
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
‘Signage reflects both the complexity of space and the way a place is organised. And it is very satisfying’
Reflections on a new project in Australia, where graphic elements provide the interface between the electronic world and the physical environment
The cultural palace
A postmodern state?
John Warwicker, Eye editors
In its first edition, this seminal book was a groundbreaking collision between architecture and graphic design, emphasising 'image' over 'form'
Pictures of non-places, the grubby and eroded gaps between the real spaces of the urban realm, make a spectacle of the unspectacular
The properties of this medium make it the plaything of artists, a cinematic cliche and a familiar, endlessly renewable element of the urban nightscape.
Despite regular attempts to suppress this unique 'folkart', London's public phone booths remain eclectic galleries of erotic vernacular.
Though its public lettering reassures customers with poetry and fiction this shimmering mall is, at heart, a three dimensional shopping catalogue
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