Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:00

Food packaging: You are what you eat

Over-indulging on food has always been a symbol of wealth and status. But today, it’s not the produce that counts – it’s the packaging

Published in Features
Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00

The Penguin Composition Rules

Swedish graphic-design studio Bedow says it’s time to rewrite the book on blank space

Published in Rethink
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
Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

Warsaw Metro

The city’s long-awaited second underground line is a riot of colour, with psychedelic signage by the father of Polish abstract art, Wojciech Fangor

Published in News
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 00:00

Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF

Liaquat Ahamed's journey to the heart of contemporary finance finds that, ultimately, there is nothing much to see. By Sukhdev Sandhu

Published in Review

A book at the heart of the D&AD Award-winning rebrand of the paper brand reflects a trend for smaller, higher quality print runs

Published in GALLERY
Thursday, 30 April 2015 15:28

Pick Me Up: Graphic Arts Festival 2015

Electrifying artwork and humorous illustrations are on show at this year's event at Somerset House

Published in GALLERY
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, 12 March 2015 00:00

100 Years of Graphic Design

An exhibition featuring works by Max Gill and Jean Jullien is a precursor to the Kemistry Gallery's plans to establish a public institution for graphic design

Published in GALLERY
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 16:05

The Type Taster

In graphic designer Sarah Hyndman's book, a series of games reveals the complex way in which we interact with everyday typography, says Icon's art director Anja Wohlstrom

Published in News
Friday, 20 February 2015 13:05

Photoshop turns 25

In the decades since it was first released, Thomas Knoll's digital darkroom has become a brand, a verb and a defining symbol of our image-led culture, says Sam Jacob

Published in Icon of the Month
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

Keiichi Matsuda: Total digital overload

The designer's films offer a glimpse into a nightmarish sci-fi future in which every surface, appliance and inch of peripheral vision fizzes with data – an onslaught that might be just a couple of years away. Designers, he says, must shape this world – or be shaped by it

Published in Features
Monday, 19 January 2015 10:00

Countryside Code

The rural rulebook is rarely seen these days. But with the right rebrand, it might even add to our enjoyment of nature, says Design Project

Published in Rethink
Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:57

Collector’s Edition by Stuart Tolley

A new book celebrates a revival of interest in physical formats of books, magazines and music

Published in News
Monday, 04 August 2014 01:00

Manuals 1: Design & Identity Guidelines

The way that corporations styled themselves in the 1960s and 70s was ruled by big books full of the smallest details, says Steve Parnell

Published in Review
Monday, 14 July 2014 12:49

Ivan Chermayeff: Cut and Paste

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
19 July – 14 September 2014

Published in Diary
Sunday, 18 May 2014 01:00

Henryk Tomaszewski

Henryk Tomaszewski's posters make him one of the pre eminent figures of post-war graphic design, says Agata Pyzik

Published in Review
Monday, 14 April 2014 12:00

Oyster Card

The Londoner’s passport has been updated for the smartphone era, with a bold graphic treatment that conveys the city’s status as a centre for cutting-edge design.

Published in Rethink
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:21

Where You Are

Visual Editions, the graphically-inclined publishers (Icon 122) commissioned 16 writers and artists to sketch out in words or pictures their ideas for a map close to their lives. Here is a collection of pieces, both fictional and essayistic, presented in the mode of "visual writing" – the synchrony of form and content that characterises the publisher's output.
Where You Are is not a book in the conventional sense, but a brick-sized box of pamphlets to be navigated or to become lost in. Each paper pamphlet is pleated and stapled to its own idiosyncratic design (by Bibliothèque), which often requires the dexterity of a frequent fondler of Ordnance Surveys to fold away.
A website complements the physical version, (, designed by The Workers), a flat but spacious counterpart that despite its online situation feels enclosed and communal; readers are made aware of who else is reading their page. Some tales are integrated with Google Maps, while others explore how technology aids our mapping, such as James Bridle's piece on the Global Positioning System with diagrams that represent the satellites' first configurations.128 WhereYouAre-inside3Visual Editions' collection of fictional and essayistic musings on maps excels when it moves to the margins, says Hannah Gregory.

Published in Review

Using the European standard shapes for warnings, Calvert designed the pictorial instructions for road users, referencing what was familiar to her – a cow for livestock crossing, modelled after Patience, her favourite heifer on the family farm; children crossing the road, inspired by her upbringing and including a subtle self-portrait.When Calvert began her career, graphic design didn’t exist as a profession. Six decades later, her work is all around us – from the signs on Britain’s roads to the website for the UK government

Published in Features
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