Otto Neurath

Recent articles about Otto Neurath

Reputations: Irma Boom

Issue 88, Summer 2014


‘I compare my work to architecture. I don’t build villas, I build social housing. The books are industrially made and they need to be made very well. I am all for industrial production. I hate one-offs. On one book you can do anything, but if you do a print run, that is a challenge. It’s never art. Never, never, never.’

Talking pictures (Isotype)

Issue 68, Summer 2008


By representing data in simple graphic form, Isotype anticipated modern information design.

Willem Sandberg: Warm printing

Issue 25, Summer 1997


The Dutch pioneer’s catalogues for the Stedelijk show a tactile use of sensual materials and experimental typography

Icons for the people

Issue 78, Winter 2010


A new V&A display and a book trace the method of visualising data pioneered by Otto Neurath in the 1920s

Archive: International Picture Language

Issue 19, Winter 1995


Otto Neurath’s 1936 book was the fullest exposition of his vision of an international visual language

Recent blog posts about Otto Neurath

Drawing up Modern man

4 December 2018
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Visual culture

Neurath and Kahn – the impresarios of early twentieth-century infographics. Review of Image Factories. Infographics 1920-1945
Image Factories. Infographics 1920-1945’s humble appearance belies its contents – a wealth of precious knowledge…

Charts change minds

13 June 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design

Description of the slave ship Brookes, 1788 – infodesign history in Eye 82
Eighteenth-century abolitionists used every propaganda tool in the book, but one of their most widely circulated…