Issue 82


Editorial, John L. Walters
After several special issues – on Berlin, music design, the designer-client relationship…
Regeneration X
Book design, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture, Critique, Rick Poynor

Laura Oldfield Ford’s grainy Savage Messiah brings new urgency to an updated punk aesthetic. Critique by…


Reputations: Commercial Type
John L. Walters, Simon Esterson

‘There has been typography on the Web for its entire existence, because there are words, and where there…

A circle that moved the earth
Alexander Ecob

Copernicus’s diagram of the planets 1543

Charts change minds
Anne-Marie Conway

Description of the slave ship Brookes 1788

Taught from a new angle
Alexander Ecob

Oliver Byrne’s element of Euclid 1847

Lady with the diagram
Anne-Marie Conway

Florence Nightingale on Crimean War mortality, 1858

The art of illumination
Robert Fripp

Will Burtin, the man who invented infodesign 1940s

Big business, big world
Peter Brawne

Herbert Bayer’s World Geo-Graphic Atlas, 1953

Training the big guns
Max Gadney

Peter Sullivan’s newspaper war visuals 1970s & 80s

Crashing through the type
Nigel Holmes

Time magazine infographics by Nigel Holmes 1970s

Max Gadney

Information designers are ideally placed to make the most of the new digital era.

Show and tell
Karla Hammer

From great apes and pop fans to real children’s spaces, James Mollison’s photographs invite the viewer…

Flights of fancy
Liz Farrelly

Si Scott made his name with baroque combinations of type and image, but his 3D paper insects are taking…

The new breed
Mike Dempsey

Alex Bec and Will Hudson, of It’s Nice That, unveil their agency INT Works, grown directly from their…

Naked words
Jason Godfrey

Type-only book covers – whether deliberately austere, functional … or shouting loud from the shelves –…

7 types of design inquiry
John O’Reilly

From folklore theory, via shamanism and the ‘magpie instinct’ for shiny things, graphic design’s…

Old school layout
John L. Walters

Every fortnight, art director Tony Rushton and editor Ian Hislop lay out Private Eye in a way that’s…

Publish and be damned
Andrew Billen

As Private Eye celebrates its best sales figures for 25 years, lifelong subscriber Andrew Billen…

Carter’s battered stat
Matthew Carter
‘All that remains of the Private Eye typeface design is a battered stat of the…
Shock tactics
Robert Newman

America’s funky ‘altweeklies’ are a hotbed of zero-budget, attention-grabbing cover art direction.

Lessons from an abandoned fish factory
Anne Odling-Smee

This project showed MA students at Central Saint Martins how design can work in the ‘real world’