Feature: Graphic design

Read me! Part 1. Literacy in graphic design

Read me! Part 1. Literacy in graphic design

Graphic designers are responsible for the communication of ideas through words, signs and pictures. Yet…


Controlled passion: the art of Fernando Gutiérrez

In post-Franco Spain, a cool Catalan breeze blows through the often humid, overheated world of…

Theatre of dreams

Theatre of dreams

Andrzej Klimowski is obsessed with eyes, faces, hands, angels and devils. He is one of Britain’s most…


White space black hat

Derek Birdsall harbours a secret. It has given him 30 years at the top. If it works, he says, use it…


Total design

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


Techno cubists

Champions of the layered look, Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell wed theory and technological wizardry


Quentin Fiore: Massaging the message

The man who gave form to Marshall McLuhan’s ‘global village’ designed books that were both for and ahead…


Max Bittrof: visual engineer

Max Bittrof was one of the leading German designers of the 1920s. Unlike many exponents of the New…


Video to go

Video packaging is an area of graphics both marginal and ubiquitous. Who decides how it looks?


Cult of the ugly

Designers used to stand for beauty and order. Now beauty is passé and ugliness is smart. How did we get…

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