Feature: Visual culture

 
Picture: Killa

Picture: Killa

Each of Graham MacIndoe’s drug ‘baggies’ brands a different high

 
Vapour trails

Vapour trails

Steampunk’s florid industrial nostalgia might yet be the defining aesthetic of our time

 
Painted thrills and spills

Painted thrills and spills

Fred Fowle was the UK’s foremost fairground artist. His go-faster graphics and futuristic lettering live…

 
Miss Fixit

Miss Fixit

Tina Roth Eisenberg never had a business plan. But all the things she dreams up – the Swissmiss blog…

 
Free for all

Free for all

In designing the Ubuntu type family, Dalton Maag had to produce faces for print and screen in thirteen…

 

NASA patches

Embroidered space travel patches, collected and appreciated by Eugene Dorr

 

Chicken restaurants

The appearance of Britain’s fried chicken joints are a uniquely British take on an American theme

 
Shock tactics

Shock tactics

America’s funky ‘altweeklies’ are a hotbed of zero-budget, attention-grabbing cover art direction.

 

A terrible beauty

The atomic bomb’s mushroom cloud has become the logo of annihilation

 

The producer as author

For Bruce Mau, graphic design is a way of investigating ethical, cultural and philisophical issues

 
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