Issue 81


Editorial, John L. Walters

Designers and clients special issue.

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Critique, Rick Poynor

Umberto Eco’s book The Infinity of Lists is erudite, informative and beautifully crafted: a contemporary…


Reputations: John McConnell
John L. Walters

‘By wanting to be intelligent, it usually gets simpler and simpler. The creative process is paring back…

The far side
Chris Maillard

Clients can seem stubborn, ignorant, wilful and slow, yet some build a relationship of strong mutual…

Case studies
Chris Maillard

Case studies from Chris Maillard’s article ‘The far side’

What the client needs
Alexander Ecob, Eye critics

US designer George Tscherny talks about his 56 years working with the School of Visual Arts.

In the neighbourhood
John Ridpath

John Ridpath profiles three design practices who work with local clients: Maddison Graphic; Mark Gowing…

Trust in Modernism
Jim Northover

The John Lewis Partnership’s co-operative ethos has informed 50 years of corporate identity.

Symbols and survival

In their forthcoming book, the partners tell some of the stories behind their work for clients such as…

The shape of a pocket
Rick Poynor

In 1960s France, Henry Cohen’s inventive photographic covers made Gallimard’s Idées series required…

Bare bones of the revolution
Karla Hammer

Richard Pare’s photographs of Russian architecture strike up a dialogue with a time of energy and…

Teaching in the spaces between code and design
Jürg Lehni

Jürg Lehni on the lessons of his Applied Scriptographer Research, carried out with Jonathan Puckey at ECAL…