Alex J. Todd

Recent articles by Alex J. Todd

Prism of teaching

Issue 102, Autumn 2021


Paul Elliman once spoke of a hypothetical online teaching environment that would embrace digital resources: ‘dictionaries, search engines, mailing lists, chat-rooms …

Everyday people

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


Emma Thomas and Kirsty Carter’s Apfel, A Practice for Everyday Life, brings design into the art world, and makes design an art

Where was Weimar?

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


The era of the Weimar Republic, which emerged in Germany in the wake of the…

Designing with urgency

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


From politics to culture to business, Dutch studio Thonik strikes a balance between adventurous concepts and pragmatic resolutions

Hard-working hooligans

Issue 98, Spring 2019


Scan the pages of recent graphic design history, and its coverage of the rule-breaking mantras…

Action to the word

Issue 98, Spring 2019


Dutch Posters 1997–2017 (Lecturis, €41.00, $59, £45), the successor to Dutch Posters 1960–1996, is an…

Point of difference

Issue 97, Autumn 2018


Enigmatic imagery and restrained typography give HR membership quarterly Work. the visual personality of an independent magazine

Duck the issue

Issue 96, Spring 2018


‘Hope to Nope’ is an exploration of graphic design’s involvement in an escalating period of political unrest.

Recent blog posts about Alex J. Todd

From analogue to activism

11 November 2020
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Visual culture, Events and exhibitions

magCulture Live goes digital next week, for a two-day conference that celebrates the creative and social powers of magazines
Dividing its focus between ‘activism’ and ‘analogue’, magCulture 2020 shows that even in difficult, disruptive…

Crouwel’s institutional intuition

19 September 2020
Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Reviews, Events and exhibitions

On the first anniversary of Wim Crouwel’s death, Alex J. Todd recalls a visit to the Stedelijk Museum exhibition ‘Mr. Gridnik’
On 19 September 2019, nine days before the opening of ‘Wim Crouwel: Mr. Gridnik’ at…

Books received #33

18 July 2018
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Visual culture

Covers for The New Yorker, Dressed in Black, Female Photographers Now, Graham Rawle’s Overland, A History of Street Photography, Rebel Voices and Brian Eno’s Light Music
Here is a selection of books that caught our attention in recent months. Covers for…