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…

The first couple of American billboards

Issue 89, Winter 2014


Otis and Dorothy Shepard, the ‘Scott and Zelda’ of mid-century advertising graphics, were…

An enquiring mind

Issue 85, Spring 2013


Ken Garland (b. 1929) is something of an enigma in British graphic design.…

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…

Twentieth-century Renaissance man

Issue 82, Winter 2012


My generation grew up in awe of a handful of American designers.…

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 by Jim Northover

Type Tuesday

7 February 2012

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 part in shaping the identity of a department store group such as John Lewis.

Words in practice

9 January 2012

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 role in design practice because designers are expected to provide a written context, narrative or explanation for their work, writes Jim Northover.