Ken Garland

Recent articles by Ken Garland

First things last

Issue 14, Autumn 1994


Letter from Ken Garland in Eye 14

Last things last

Issue 83, Summer 2012


It’s not a case of ‘us and them’! Ken Garland addresses an issue left unsaid in his 1964 First…

Brodovitch remembered in style

Issue 47, Spring 2003


When Alexey Brodovitch died in 1971, aged 73, he had been a physical wreck for…

Product design: secular religion or useful hobby?

Issue 75, Spring 2010


Encouraged, no doubt, by the well deserved success of his first documentary…

Common sense under a daft cover

Issue 65, Autumn 2007


The meaningless, whimsical title and the ghastly illustration on the cover will…

Tool-shop for a counterculture

Issue 78, Winter 2010


Ken Garland hails the ultimate buying guide for the anti-capitalist revolution

Herbert Spencer: 1924-2002

Issue 44, Summer 2002


Ken Garland recalls the late British designer and editor who died earlier this year

First Things First Manifesto 2000

Issue 33, Autumn 1999


Thirty-three visual communicators renew the 1964 call for a change of priorities

Are you sure you need that new logo?

Issue 10, Autumn 1993


Graphic designers fill the world with a Babel of signs. Is it time we took them away again? By Ken…

Recent blog posts by Ken Garland

The clarity of the innocent eye

25 May 2021

In this previously unpublished essay from 2003, Ken Garland (who died last week) urges designers to be ‘alert’. In an afterword, Andrew Howard explains the context
I’ve been working as a graphic designer for 50 years, first as an art director on periodicals, from 1954-62, then as a freelance design consultant, from 1962 to date, writes Ken Garland. Has our trade / craft / profession changed much in that time? Of course it has; but how?

Posters of protest and peace

7 July 2015

This Czech poster book contains much that is fresh and surprising, but makes some odd omissions. Review by Ken Garland
The context for the work shown in this book is usefully established by the 70 photographs that form its endpapers, writes Ken Garland.