Editorial, John L. Walters
After several special issues – on Berlin, music design, the designer-client relationship and our regular…
Book design, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture, Rick Poynor
Laura Oldfield Ford’s grainy Savage Messiah brings new urgency to an updated punk aesthetic. Critique by Rick Poynor
John L. Walters, Simon Esterson
‘There has been typography on the Web for its entire existence, because there are words, and where there are words there is typography … Some people believe that there is going to be a radical change in the process of reading because of webfonts. Actually, no.’
Copernicus’s diagram of the planets 1543
Description of the slave ship Brookes 1788
Oliver Byrne’s element of Euclid 1847
Florence Nightingale on Crimean War mortality, 1858
Will Burtin, the man who invented infodesign 1940s
Herbert Bayer’s World Geo-Graphic Atlas, 1953
Peter Sullivan’s newspaper war visuals 1970s & 80s
Time magazine infographics by Nigel Holmes 1970s
Information designers are ideally placed to make the most of the new digital era.
From great apes and pop fans to real children’s spaces, James Mollison’s photographs invite the viewer to look beyond face values.
Si Scott made his name with baroque combinations of type and image, but his 3D paper insects are taking his work in new directions.
Alex Bec and Will Hudson, of It’s Nice That, unveil their agency INT Works, grown directly from their roles as editors and curators.
Type-only book covers – whether deliberately austere, functional … or shouting loud from the shelves – have always had a place in publication design.
From folklore theory, via shamanism and the ‘magpie instinct’ for shiny things, graphic design’s quest to understand itself takes many different forms.
John L. Walters
Every fortnight, art director Tony Rushton and editor Ian Hislop lay out Private Eye in a way that’s hardly changed in 50 years
As Private Eye celebrates its best sales figures for 25 years, lifelong subscriber Andrew Billen describes its winning mix of gossip, serious exposés, parodies, cartoons and attention-grabbing covers
America’s funky ‘altweeklies’ are a hotbed of zero-budget, attention-grabbing cover art direction.
This project showed MA students at Central Saint Martins how design can work in the ‘real world’