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 brought the outside world to its Polish readers

I am a poster

Issue 92, Summer 2016


David Crowley, curator of ‘The Poster Remediated’ at the Warsaw International Poster Biennale, examines some of the relationships that exist between posters and the human body

Fighting back with pictures

Issue 91, Spring 2016


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

Slip sliding into history

Issue 89, Winter 2014


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

Book of revelations

Issue 88, Summer 2014


The uncontroversial premise of Multiple Signatures is that design is a collaborative act, and so…

Mr Beck’s uke map

Issue 85, Spring 2013


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

Guerrilla warfare, semiotic style

Issue 85, Spring 2013


The political philosophy of anarchism has attracted some extraordinary and perhaps unlikely British adherents. They…

Shadows over Poland

Issue 83, Summer 2012


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


Issue 69, Autumn 2008


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

Humanity And Publicity

Issue 63, Spring 2007


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

Stretching the credibility of science

Issue 68, Summer 2008


Sometimes an exhibition so successfully crystallises a change in the way designers think about what…

Fleet Street of walls

Issue 65, Autumn 2007


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

Out of hand

Issue 80, Summer 2011


Handwriting is a touchstone in the history of graphic design, where lettering meets the messy reality of the human body

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 about David Crowley

Remediation in Warsaw

4 April 2016
Critical path, Graphic design, Posters, Visual culture

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. Once…

Book of revelations

13 February 2014
Design history, Graphic design, Information design, Reviews, Typography

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