Alex J. Todd

Recent articles by Alex J. Todd

Everyday people

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


Emma Thomas and Kirsty Carter’s Apfel, A Practice for Everyday Life, brings design into the 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…

Hard-working hooligans

Issue 98, Spring 2019


Scan the pages of recent graphic design history, and its coverage of the…

Action to the word

Issue 98, Spring 2019


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

Point of difference

Issue 97, Autumn 2018


Enigmatic imagery and restrained typography give HR membership quarterly Work. the visual…

Duck the issue

Issue 96, Spring 2018


Surveying a decade of electoral shocks, coups d’état, demonstrations and…

Recent blog posts by Alex J. Todd

From analogue to activism

11 November 2020

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 times, printed magazines keep their fingers on the pulse of the moment, writes Alex J. Todd.

Crouwel’s institutional intuition

19 September 2020

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 the Stedelijk Museum, Crouwel died, aged 90, in Amsterdam, writes Alex J. Todd.

Books received #33

18 July 2018

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.