Issue 69


Revelations in style
Critique, Rick Poynor

Gallimard’s Découvertes series secures readers’ loyalty by showing respect for their curiosity and…

Editorial, John L. Walters

The mood and structure of this issue is somewhat different from the last...

the editor

The contents of the latest issue

Monitor, Rick Poynor

Rick Poynor responds to some perplexing findings at ‘New Views 2’


Illuminated thought
John L. Walters

The practice is said to ‘signal a break with the past’ but GTF has an unforced ‘style’ that is…

Excitable hexagonal

Do the covers to the D&AD’s annuals – full of pencils, food, and covered in tactile stuff – tell us…

Sticks in the mind
Véronique Vienne

Does anyone care about posters, or are they just an ego-trip for the designers who still make them?

Mad about awards
Alissa Walker

Winning can sometimes make a difference – to clients, to friends, and the occasional good cause

Awards madness
Jason Grant

Everybody likes to win. But if design competitions destroy creativity and co-operation, what’s the…

David Crowley

The act of erasure, or striking out, can add new, unintended meanings to the images and information that…

Once upon a time…
Steven Heller

… there was a Big Bad President. How satirists use children’s tales to puncture the huffing and…

Reputations: Phil Baines
Christopher Wilson

‘I could never subscribe to a particular way of doing things – I was always more pick ’n’ mix. I’d want…

Getting better all the time…
Alan Aldridge

Self-styled ‘graphic entertainer’ Alan Aldridge shot to fame in the mid-1960s with his work for The…

Brought to Light
John L. Walters


An uncanny reality
David Brittain

Patrick Shanahan’s photographs, subjective, seductive and even threatening, invite us to follow him…

Hunger for the visual
Sue Steward

Moscow Photobiennale curator Olga Sviblova is re-acquainting Russians with their visual history

Straight to no. 1
John O’Reilly

A great commercial stock image is like a
three-minute pop song: the best have a simple repetitive…