Adrian Shaughnessy

Recent articles by Adrian Shaughnessy

Who cares if you read?

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


David Carson is indelibly linked to the notion of the ‘end of print’, encapsulated by…

A Dutch battle that still rattles

Issue 90, Summer 2015


Fiery debates on the ethical, political and cultural ramifications of graphic design are rare. Yet…

Rethinking Lubalin

Issue 83, Summer 2012


As his book on Herb Lubalin – the first in almost 30 years – goes to press, Adrian Shaughnessy explains his change of heart about the US typographer

One man brand?

Issue 76, Summer 2010


Manfred Eicher’s uncompromising artistic vision has always defined the look and feel of ECM.

Failure – the designer’s guardian angel [EXTRACT]

Issue 71, Spring 2009


The phrase ‘Design Disasters’ is a bit of Helleresque sensationalism. Perhaps the great man has…

Instant Tarkovsky

Issue 60, Summer 2006


Film directors who began their careers as stills photographers are not as common as might…

Oliver’s Posters

Issue 63, Spring 2007


The latest music industry fly-poster spotted on the way to work used to be a…

Raise the bar

Issue 79, Spring 2011


Uncompromising posters for the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers in Paris

Light and shade at the picture house

Issue 41, Autumn 2001


The work of conceptualist photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto explores notions of ‘comparison and similarity’. You might…

Not browsing but reading

Issue 36, Summer 2000


Is there an alternative to scrolling text and gap-toothed HTML?

Truth lies in the surface

Issue 42, Winter 2001


You can feel it. The unimpeachable authenticity of uncoated board


Issue 38, Winter 2000


Is graphic design, with its allusions and clutter, fundamentally antithetical to minimalism?

Reinterpreting the classics

Issue 21, Summer 1996


For a handful of classical record companies, expressive design is a commercial priority.


Issue 50, Winter 2003


Does a small book from nearly 30 years ago encapsulate a ‘golden age’?

Laptop aesthetics

Issue 49, Autumn 2003


A crackly, digital approach informs one of three current design trends.

Schism and reunification

Issue 72, Summer 2009


Where there was once discord, there is now harmony, as design zealously embraces the made image. Adrian Shaughnessy analyses ‘this new hybrid – type-based yet infused with fluid and expressive qualities’

Smoke and glue

Issue 39, Spring 2001


The visual candour of Wallace Berman’s hand-bound Semina magazine links 1950s hipster art with contemporary graphics


Issue 33, Autumn 1999


The urban swagger of this small label’s music is mirrored by its freewheeling ‘house style’. By Adrian Shaughnessy

Mystery and clarity

Issue 52, Summer 2004


These children’s book illustrations captured moments of social history

Think of your ears as eyes

Issue 16, Spring 1995


Barbara Wojirsch and Dieter Rehm bring a mysterious beauty to the record label graphics of ECM

Angela Lorenz

Issue 49, Autumn 2003


A Berliner’s work finds parallels between laptop music and design. By Adrian Shaughnessy

A glimpse of graphic hell

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


Whatever ideological stance they take, designers must at least believe in design

Recent blog posts about Adrian Shaughnessy

Historical digital

20 October 2011
Design history, Graphic design, Music design, New media, Technology, Visual culture

Adrian Shaughnessey on the rise of laptop aesthetics … from 2003
What are the major stylistic trends in current graphic design? wrote Adrian Shaughnessey in Eye…