Jim Northover

Recent articles by Jim Northover

The museum man

Issue 92, Summer 2016


This confidently displayed show draws a line in the sand. It secures the De La…

The first couple of American billboards

Issue 89, Winter 2014


Otis and Dorothy Shepard, the ‘Scott and Zelda’ of mid-century advertising graphics, were neglected when design history was written. A new book brings their colourful legacy into vivid focus

An enquiring mind

Issue 85, Spring 2013


Ken Garland (b. 1929) is something of an enigma in British graphic design. Not fitting…

Crashing and burning

Issue 80, Summer 2011


Design and business make a volatile mix, says Jim Northover, but it is one we cannot afford to dismiss

Twentieth-century Renaissance man

Issue 82, Winter 2012


My generation grew up in awe of a handful of American designers. Pre-eminent among them…

Trust in Modernism

Issue 81, Autumn 2011


The John Lewis Partnership’s co-operative ethos has informed 50 years of corporate identity.

Recent blog posts about Jim Northover

Type Tuesday

7 February 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Typography

Letters that sell: a typographic history of UK department store John Lewis
From store signing to ticketing, customer correspondence, leaflets, advertising and websites, typography plays a crucial…

Words in practice

9 January 2012
Design education, Design history, Graphic design

Writing and designing are part of a continuum of communication skills.
Graphic design has always been about words and images. Nowadays words play an even bigger…