Jan van Toorn

Recent articles about Jan van Toorn

A Dutch battle that still rattles

Issue 90, Summer 2015


Fiery debates on the ethical, political and cultural ramifications of graphic design are rare. Yet…

Tony Brook on collecting

Issue 86, Autumn 2013


Spin’s founder, the subject of Reputations in Eye 86, talks about his passion for poster collecting

We need a hero

Issue 68, Summer 2008


Third in the series ‘Graphic design in the Netherlands’, Jan van Toorn: Critical Practice takes…

Stamps and the public interest

Issue 9, Summer 1993


Since Rowland Hill’s introduction of the Penny Black in 1840, the postage stamp has been…

The designer unmasked

Issue 2, Winter 1990


Jan van Toorn has turned graphic agitation into a fine art. Profile by Gerald Forde

Recent blog posts about Jan van Toorn

Five strategies tabled in Eindhoven

27 October 2014
Critical path, Graphic design, Posters, Visual culture

Van Abbemuseum throws new light on Jan van Toorn’s critical design practice
Homage exhibitions are inherently celebratory, writes Francisco Laranjo. However ‘Staging the Message: The Open Work…

Set the controls for the heart of Dutch design

15 July 2013
Critical path, Design education, Graphic design, Information design

Open Set summer school tackles autonomy within design culture under the theme of ‘Commonomy’ – with a special offer for Eye blog readers
Design summer programmes offer many enticing reasons to participate, not least of which is the…

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

29 March 2009
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Visual culture

‘Collecting images is not enough. How democratic is it?’
In a very polite, and very Dutch way, writes Simon Esterson, Jan van Toorn used…