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…


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…


Total design

In its all too brief life, Alexey Brodovitch’s Portfolio magazine achieved perfection

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