David King

Recent articles about David King

My friend David King

Issue 101, Summer 2021


The book David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian is a comprehensive account of the work…

Cinematic storyteller

Issue 101, Summer 2021


I am not sure when I began to understand what graphic design was, or that I…

Exposing the menace

Issue 95, Winter 2018


David King’s posters integrated type and image with power and uncompromising political commitment.…

Scissor action

Issue 91, Spring 2016


John Heartfield: Laughter is a Devastating Weapon (David King and Ernst…

The retoucher’s accidental art

Issue 88, Summer 2014


The reworked press photos now being discarded are unique objects and compellingly strange images.…

Club-runner graphics

Issue 5, Winter 1991


In the mid to late 1980s we would be out every night at some club or other…


Issue 69, Autumn 2008


The act of erasure, or striking out, can add new, unintended meanings to the images and information…

One week in pictures

Issue 73, Autumn 2009


Now we are deluged with more images than ever, we have lost faith in the power of the photo to…

Right and wrong ways to borrow

Issue 10, Autumn 1993


Borrowed Design analyses the field of graphic design as a history of credits and…

Union of Soviet socialist images

Issue 71, Spring 2009


Cover design for Red Star Over Russia (Tate). In 1970 David King was in…

Reputations: David King

Issue 48, Summer 2003


‘You develop a visual style as you would a handwriting one … The content is what you concentrate…

Recent blog posts by David King

From analogue to activism

11 November 2020

magCulture Live goes digital next week, for a two-day conference that celebrates the creative and social powers of magazines
Dividing its focus between ‘activism’ and ‘analogue’, magCulture 2020 shows that even in difficult, disruptive times, printed magazines keep their fingers on the pulse of the moment, writes Alex J. Todd.

David King: Ranged Left!

1 September 2020

Eye’s next Type Tuesday, ‘David King: Ranged Left!’ will celebrate the life and work of David King (1943-2016) 
Please join us for the next Type Tuesday at 6pm (British Summer Time) on 8 Sept 2020. This online event marks the publication of Rick Poynor’s new book David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian (Yale), designed by Eye’s Simon Esterson. 

David King: Books of blood and laughter

25 May 2016

Rick Poynor meets David King, a genuine designer-author driven by an overriding need to lock horns with meaningful subject matter
Stepping across the threshold of David King’s North London house is like plunging into a history lesson, wrote Rick Poynor in 1998. King has devoted 30 years to amassing what may be the world’s largest private collection of photographs, books and magazines documenting the history of Russia and the Soviet Union.

David King, 1943-2016

22 May 2016

‘It was always my idea to get across complex or difficult subjects to a wider audience. That’s what visual people like us can do.’
British designer, author and archivist David King died on 11 May 2016.

Getting away with murder

2 February 2012

Good, bad and ugly cover ‘tributes’: a new spin on the death of music design.
The album cover may have lost its mojo as far as contemporary culture is concerned, but its classic era (from Blue Note to 4AD, say) maintains a powerful grip on the imaginations of music-loving designers, writes John L. Walters.

Xerox factor

25 August 2010

The short-lived graphic energy of punk fanzines and posters
In ‘Scribble and strum’, just published in Eye 76, Andrew Losowsky took us through the design of a selection of notable music magazines, past and present.

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

29 March 2009

‘Collecting images is not enough. How democratic is it?’
In a very polite, and very Dutch way, writes Simon Esterson, Jan van Toorn used the latest D&AD lecture to remind the audience at London’s Mermaid Theatre about graphic design’s social possibilities. He told us we should break out of our design stereotypes because, ‘it’s boring to produce neat things’.