David Crowley

Recent articles by David Crowley

Pulling back the curtain

Issue 97, Autumn 2018


Published by the Communist Women’s League, Ty i Ja [You and I] was an ambitious 1960s title that…

I am a poster

Issue 92, Summer 2016


David Crowley, curator of ‘The Poster Remediated’ at the Warsaw International Poster Biennale…

Fighting back with pictures

Issue 91, Spring 2016


This is the third book which Liz McQuiston has written on graphic protest in…

Slip sliding into history

Issue 89, Winter 2014


About halfway through this long and highly detailed study of the life and…

Book of revelations

Issue 88, Summer 2014


The uncontroversial premise of Multiple Signatures is that design is a…

Mr Beck’s uke map

Issue 85, Spring 2013


Just over a hundred years ago the music business experienced its first major…

Guerrilla warfare, semiotic style

Issue 85, Spring 2013


The political philosophy of anarchism has attracted some extraordinary and…

Shadows over Poland

Issue 83, Summer 2012


The Polish Poster School of the 1950s and 60s casts a long shadow over…


Issue 69, Autumn 2008


The act of erasure, or striking out, can add new, unintended meanings to the images and information…

Designing dictatorship

Issue 69, Autumn 2008


I went to Tate Modern a few years ago with a Polish friend who had grown up during…

Archeology of print

Issue 67, Spring 2008


What comes to mind when you picture a French book? Perhaps it is the ivory-coloured…

Human rights: from bathos to indignation

Issue 56, Summer 2005


It is hard, if not impossible, to doubt the purpose of this book. Compiled by Lars…

Beneath the surface

Issue 45, Autumn 2002


Ellen Lupton, the editor and principal author of this book, will be familiar to…

Humanity And Publicity

Issue 63, Spring 2007


This handsome and well illustrated monograph is the latest in a sequence of…

An anti-monument to success

Issue 44, Summer 2002


Graphic design, on the evidence of most of the book-publishing activity that…

Stretching the credibility of science

Issue 68, Summer 2008


Sometimes an exhibition so successfully crystallises a change in the way…

Fleet Street of walls

Issue 65, Autumn 2007


Wall newspapers, with a chequered history stretching from propaganda to protest, are populist and…

Out of hand

Issue 80, Summer 2011


Handwriting is a touchstone in the history of graphic design, where lettering meets the messy…

Detach, detourne and consume

Issue 42, Winter 2001


Alienation sells! The seductive flatness of Situationist aesthetics

Advertising and history

Issue 57, Autumn 2005


Admen plunder the past – with no history to call their own

Recent blog posts by David Crowley

Remediation in Warsaw

4 April 2016

Posters aren’t dead, they’re just off the wall. David Crowley explains the thinking behind the forthcoming Warsaw International Poster Biennale
The Warsaw International Poster Biennale is 50 years old in June, writes David Crowley.

Book of revelations

13 February 2014

Michael Rock delivers more words about buildings and fnord
The uncontroversial premise of Multiple Signatures is that design is a collaborative act, writes David Crowley.