Tom Phillips

Recent articles about Tom Phillips

Time machine

Issue 92, Summer 2016


Each summer since 1973, artist Tom Phillips has taken photos of the same twenty places in his South London neighbourhood. The resulting artwork – 20 Sites n Years – is both conceptual art and social history

Sound, code, image

Issue 26, Autumn 1997


Postwar composers, such as Cage, Cardew and Crumb, have left an exuberant legacy of seductive graphic scores that still puzzle and fascinate the artists and musicians of today.

A Humument

Issue 18, Autumn 1995


Tom Phillips’s treated novel is a key text in the short history of deconstruction and experimental print.

Recent blog posts about Tom Phillips

Bubbles black as ink

10 April 2017
Design education, Illustration, Typography, Visual culture

For the past 28 years, Barrie Tullett has been making a typographic Dante, a project to illustrate all 100 Cantos of the Divine Comedy with letterpress, typewriters and Letraset. He is still in Purgatory … and on show in Dublin.
Appropriately enough, my love affair with typography began with a Lonely Hearts Ad, writes Barrie…

Sonic treasure chest

3 October 2013
Design history, Illustration, Information design, Music design, Visual culture

Graphic scores go on the road – played by an alchemical, avant-garde supergroup of musicians prepared to turn line, type and image into sound
This month, an ensemble of five extraordinary musicians takes to the road to perform graphic…

Fashionable chaps

1 October 2012
Photography, Visual culture

Postcards in the Bodleian’s book Menswear permit us to gaze at fashionable males of another era, decked out in smart suits and sportswear.
A remarkable collection of besuited individuals turned up to Huntsman, a gentleman's tailor in Savile…

The app of A Humument

16 November 2010
Book design, Illustration, New media, Technology, Typography, Visual culture

‘The iPad is one of the oldest things in the world ... a pad or a slate.’
Tom Phillips’ A Humument is an artists’ book made by defacing (and hence deconstructing) an…