Nick Bell

Recent articles by Nick Bell


Issue 92, Summer 2016


Abbott Miller’s book tells the story of a life in design: starting out – as…

Iguana stew

Issue 68, Summer 2008


Ko Sliggers conveyed a complex, subtle message with a seemingly effortless collage.

Unfurling artwords

Issue 59, Spring 2006


The Walker Art Center has a new identity – multi-voiced, reflexive – that does exactly what it says

The steamroller of branding

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


Art and culture are open to interpretation. Why must we give them fixed identities?

Self-expression, self-promotion

Issue 38, Winter 2000


Whether these examples arrive under the aegis of a distinguished imprint, drop unsolicited through the mailbox or accompany a portfolio, it is possible – among the unfettered outpouring of naked ambition, personal enthusiasms and obsessive interests – to uncover some fine examples of self expression.

Reputations: Graphic Thought Facility

Issue 39, Spring 2001


‘It’s to do with keeping things simple and having the confidence to present an idea where everything can be understood. You don’t have to be in the know to unravel it.’

First Things First Manifesto 2000

Issue 33, Autumn 1999


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

Nick Bell

Issue 71, Spring 2009


'The cool allure of Modernist style refuses to die’

Brand madness

Issue 62, Winter 2006


Control too much and it will appear we have something to hide

Footnotes about identity [WEB ONLY]

Issue 59, Spring 2006


Notes on identity design (see Picture about the Walker Art Center) by Nick Bell


Issue 46, Winter 2002


The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin. Read and appreciated by Nick Bell

Recent blog posts about Nick Bell

Saturday afternoon fever

2 August 2021
Book design, Photography, Reviews, Visual culture

Muddy Dance is a slender, large-format, velour-covered volume of black and white photographic prints assembled…

An end to the curatocracy?

23 May 2014
Critical path, Graphic design, Information design, Reviews

‘Chaos at the Museum’ burned bright. The event was a rare opportunity to share new visions for the future of exhibition design, writes Nick Bell
The most unusual thing about the London conference ‘Chaos at the Museum’ was that it…