Steve Rigley

Recent articles by Steve Rigley

Buying time

Issue 79, Spring 2011


With shorter, more commercially driven degrees under serious consideration, Steve Rigley argues that design students need more space to speculate and make mistakes.

Design’s wayward cousins

Issue 68, Summer 2008


Humble and often vulgar, chapbooks offer an illuminating window into the medieval world.

Revolutionary material in the flesh

Issue 55, Spring 2005


Glasgow’s Hunterian Gallery is home to a collection of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s portraits, yet…

Andre’s mug: inspiring prank, global brand… or a one-hit wonder?

Issue 62, Winter 2006


The hard-sell intro to Supply and Demand will, no doubt, have many digging into their…

Thinking in solid air

Issue 57, Autumn 2005


Design educators are finding that letterpress nurtures creativity and visual abstraction

Digital cut and paste from India

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


‘In a realm of Calvino-esque echoes, the “invisible cities” begin to unravel their presence, at…

Abram Games

Issue 59, Spring 2006


Visitors to this exhibition may have noticed a London bus ticket modestly tucked into the…

A lifetime of brush-script problem-solving

Issue 51, Spring 2004


There is a photograph of Ashley Havinden (1903-73), taken for Country Life sometime late in…

Re-tooling the culture for an empire of signs

Issue 52, Summer 2004


‘Creative destruction’ and synthesis in the rapidly changing subcontinent

Dancing and demolition in old Beijing

Issue 65, Autumn 2007


The destruction of ancient Chinese alleyways undermines the Olympic ideals of harmony and progress In…

Imperialism by another name?

Issue 60, Summer 2006


India’s designers need to compete globally, but Western-style professionalisation could threaten the country’s confidence

Recent blog posts about Steve Rigley

If you know where to look …

9 November 2018
Critical path, Design history, Graphic design, Reviews

Graphic design academics assemble in Sheffield to prepare for the next REF, the Research Excellence Framework. Report by Steve Rigley
The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which takes place every seven years, is the means by…

Design city in a hurry

18 November 2013
Design history, Graphic design, Reviews

Singapore’s graphic design story matches the city-state’s dramatic narrative, but this breathless overview leaves little time for reflection
In the introduction to Independence: The History of Graphic Design in Singpore since the 1990s…

Graphic design reading lists

21 March 2012
Book design, Design education, Design history, Graphic design

How should we choose texts to guide students through the info-blizzard?
Twenty years ago creating a reading list for graphic design students was relatively easy, writes…