Editorial, John L. Walters
Designers and clients special issue.
Umberto Eco’s book The Infinity of Lists is erudite, informative and beautifully crafted: a contemporary Wunderkammer. Critique by Rick Poynor
John L. Walters
‘By wanting to be intelligent, it usually gets simpler and simpler. The creative process is paring back all the time. If you can’t defend it, get rid of it.That’s what turns me on. How simple can you make it? Usually, “creativity” means showing off to your peer group, and creativity without intelligence is as dumb as it comes.’
Clients can seem stubborn, ignorant, wilful and slow, yet some build a relationship of strong mutual respect with design practices.
Case studies from Chris Maillard’s article ‘The far side’
Alexander Ecob, Eye critics
US designer George Tscherny talks about his 56 years working with the School of Visual Arts.
John Ridpath profiles three design practices who work with local clients: Maddison Graphic; Mark Gowing Design; and Bigger Than Giants
The John Lewis Partnership’s co-operative ethos has informed 50 years of corporate identity.
In their forthcoming book, the partners tell some of the stories behind their work for clients such as Chase Manhattan, Mobil, Pan Am, Time Warner and the Smithsonian
In 1960s France, Henry Cohen’s inventive photographic covers made Gallimard’s Idées series required reading.
Richard Pare’s photographs of Russian architecture strike up a dialogue with a time of energy and optimism.
Jürg Lehni on the lessons of his Applied Scriptographer Research, carried out with Jonathan Puckey at ECAL
Postcards of the Wiener Werkstätte: A Catalogue Raisonné: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection