Feature: Design history


Seize the sans serif

Raw, vigorous, experimental and often funny, Ark magazine helped to transform British graphics


23 Envelope: ambience and inner space

Operating undercover, using the enigmatic title of 23 Envelope, Nigel Grierson and his partner Vaughan…


Reputations: Roman Cieslewicz

‘Posters are dying out. They need strong themes, which at present they lack. As a form of communication…


The image as evidence

The career of Germano Facetti is exceptional in its range. As art director of Penguin Book covers in the…


Political clout: Australian posters

Screenprints gave both activists and artists a means of direct expression


The work must be read

Lawrence Weiner’s art is a kind of sculpture made of language, free from excess or embellishment and…


Permanent innovation

With his ‘livre objets’ for the French book clubs, Pierre Faucheux invented a new genre

Punk uncovered: an unofficial history of provincial opposition

Punk uncovered: an unofficial history of provincial opposition

British punk gave a sound, a voice and a visual currency to the disenfranchised and remote. Overlooked…

Malcolm, Peter … and Keith

Malcolm, Peter … and Keith

The British New Wave was born at a boys’ school near Manchester

Quiet spirit of joy

Quiet spirit of joy

By championing pattern-making, art and ephemera, the Curwen Press brought a new ‘Comfy Modernism’ to…

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