Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

Rethink: IKEA logo

The furniture giant’s products are usually clever and design-focused, so why is its name still trapped in an outdated yellow lozenge? It’s time to take a modular approach, says Daniel Freytag

Published in Rethink
Friday, 06 November 2015 00:00

20 design words you should never use

From “artisanal” and “timeless” to, erm, "iconic", these words are the most slippery and overused in the design industry. Of course, we haven’t used any of them in our latest issue ...

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 00:00

ICON 150: New mission, new attitude!

On the occasion of our 150th issue, we have totally rethought the content and design of the magazine. The new Icon is all about the objects and architecture of everyday life – whether innovative tech and fashion, or cities pushing up beautiful skylines. Take a look inside...

Published in Comment
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 00:00

Snøhetta: Designing the cover for Icon 150

The Norwegian practice has integrated graphic design and architecture in creating and photographing an installation for the cover of our new-look magazine. Here, the designers talk us through their thinking

Published in Comment
Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

Type and paper samples

It can be hard for clients to visualise the different effects created by fonts and the paper they’re printed on, says Fontarte. Enter Type&Paper: a handy Pantone-esque sampler for text design

Published in Rethink
Monday, 27 April 2015 10:56


The oracle is beginning to look as jaded as a stack of encyclopaedias. It's time to dust it off with improvements to readability and navigation, says Warriors Studio

Published in Rethink
Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:13

East London's international redesign

As part of the British Council’s annual showcase of international architecture, practices from around the world worked with British firms such as Sarah Wigglesworth and Karakusevic Carson for two weeks to develop proposals for dysfunctional parts of east London

Published in News
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 13:04

Thomas Schneider's Brunnenstrasse 9

"It breaks nearly all the rules," says Thomas Schneider, project architect of new Berlin gallery Brunnenstrasse 9.

Published in Features