Feature: Visual culture


Maps and dreams

No printing method is too basic for Jake Tilson. Created with photocopiers, his books, magazines and…


Cute culture

The Japanese obsession with cute icons is rooted in cultural tradition

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

Reputations: Maira Kalman

Reputations: Maira Kalman

‘I was out walking the dear dog and I saw 500 things that made me want to make art.’


Kicking complacency in the ass

In the late 1960s, the underground press was a spontaneous and primitive rebellion against the status…


Your system sucks!

The flight from Modernism left a yearning for graphics that were rough, real, unaffected and believable.…


Prints of Islam

In Syria and Beirut, craftsmen make inexpensive devotional images for the workplace and home


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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