Andrew Robertson

Recent articles by Andrew Robertson

A niche of a niche

Issue 101, Summer 2021

Feature

CentreCentre is the imprint founded by British designer Patrick Fry

Industrial light

Issue 96, Spring 2018

Feature

Philip Sayer’s photography for Management Today in the 1980s and 90s forged a vivid connection between workers, managers and their companies

Obsessive meditations

Issue 94, Summer 2017

Feature

The photography of Robin Broadbent takes still life photography to minimalist extremes

In praise of infrastructure: BR’s corporate identity manual is resurrected

Issue 93, Winter 2017

Review

The British Rail Corporate Identity Manual was a labour of love for Wallace Henning, a…

Face in the crowd

Issue 91, Spring 2016

Feature

Amid the rush of modern gadgetry, Kuchar Swara’s Sekford watches stand out because they are, paradoxically, timeless

Stamped in the memory

Issue 91, Spring 2016

Feature

The Gentle Author’s book about East London print and envelope specialists the Baddeley Brothers demonstrates the very crafts it celebrates

We made this. Authentic, trilingual landmark

Issue 88, Summer 2014

Review

In the early 1990s I produced a number of facsimile editions of publications of the…

We made this: A life in artefacts

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Review

Tom Dixon’s Dixonary (Violette Editions, £35) is a big book (632 pages) that is beautifully…

Ware: we are not worthy

Issue 55, Spring 2005

Review

Do we deserve someone as good as Chris Ware? Surely we are not worthy. Whether…

Moving imagemakers: dig the new breed

Issue 53, Autumn 2004

Review

The emerging generation of motion graphics designers, VJs and digital directors is well represented by…

Information imagined

Issue 42, Winter 2001

Feature

H2G2 animations anticipated the look and feel of future computers

The Word on the street

Issue 70, Winter 2008

Feature

Asked to make a graphic intervention for a Lisbon chapel turned gallery, design studio R2 turned to everyday irreverences

Recent blog posts about Andrew Robertson

Walking in a nuclear winter land

13 December 2019
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design

A new book recalls a time when civil authorities urged citizens to prepare for a threat from the East. By Andrew Robertson
The book Nuclear War in the UK, already in its second printing, has been a…

Graphic days out

10 October 2018
Graphic design, Illustration, Typography, Visual culture

The third edition of Torino Graphic Days, a ‘visual design festival’, shows the playful side of visual communication
In just two years, Torino Graphic Days (TGD) has developed into an ambitious and wide-ranging…

Soft sell machines

13 August 2018
Brand madness, Design history, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture

A rare insight into the ‘quietly hilarious’ advertising artwork of William Heath Robinson.
William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was a prolific artist and illustrator whose name has entered the…

In your face

12 August 2013
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Reviews, Typography

Right now, 3D cinema is enjoying a second flush of activity, with immersive, fantastical movies…

Ink on paper

1 August 2013
Book design, Graphic design, Technology, Visual culture

Francis Atterbury’s Hurtwood Press takes a high-tech approach to publishing short-run books for photographers, designers and artists
Francis Atterbury’s Hurtwood Press is a new kind of publisher with a old name, writes…