Design history

31 July 2014

Shouting from the library

Shouting from the library

A review of 21 Revolutions by Elizabeth F. Beidler
21 Revolutions tells the story of Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) through the eyes of 42 women – 21 artists and 21 writers – who have created work that responds to the Library’s unique collection of donated materials, writes Elizabeth F. Beidler.

8 July 2014

Poster engineer

Poster engineer

Naomi Games profiles the life and work of her father Abram Games in this recent book from the Antique Collectors’ Club
Flaubert once wrote that when one writes the biography of a friend or relative, one should do it as if taking revenge on that person’s behalf, writes John L. Walters

24 June 2014

The last magazine czar

The last magazine czar

Art director Alex Liberman remembered: ‘His only requirement was that the design make it easy to read the copy.’ Review by Steven Heller
Alexander Liberman (1912-1999) was the first and last twentieth-century magazine czar, writes Steven Heller.

27 May 2014

Type Tuesday: 3 June 2014

Type Tuesday: 3 June 2014

‘The ins and outs of book design’ at St Bride will feature Gerald Cinamon, Jason Godfrey, David Pearson & Clare Skeats and Mark Thomson
Our next Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library, about ‘the ins and outs of book design’, will take place on 3 June 2014.

22 May 2014

Recalling a trailblazer

Recalling a trailblazer

Garech Stone pays tribute to the glory days of Dutch design agency Koeweiden Postma
Last week, memories of the golden age of Dutch Design were evoked as one of its more venerable names faced financial difficulties, writes Garech Stone of The Stone Twins.

21 May 2014

Straight from the gentleman in Whitehall

Straight from the gentleman in Whitehall

Information posters told British citizens what to do about nearly everything – from posting early to eating potatoes, writes Clare Walters
From protecting national secrets to guiding work choices, from cleaning our teeth to dish-washing, public information posters have advised the British public what to do for generations, writes Clare Walters.

1 May 2014

C for century

C for century

The exhibition ‘Century: 100 Years of Type in Design’ opens in New York
The ‘Century: 100 Years of Type in Design’ exhibition opens today at the AIGA National Design Center in New York.

22 April 2014

Offset 2014: day three

Offset 2014: day three

Aisling Farinella, Adrian Shaughnessy, I Love Dust, Jon Burgerman, Richard Turley, Marian Bantjes, Jeff Greenspan and Chris Judge. Pam Bowman concludes her coverage of the Dublin Offset conference
The third and final day of the Offset conference began with Dublin-based stylist Aisling Farinella on the main stage, writes Pam Bowman.

28 February 2014

Design for life

Design for life

To mark First Things First’s 50th anniversary – an initiative to update the manifesto’s aims for the digital age
If you are not a graphic designer, you are unlikely to have heard of the ‘First Things First’ manifesto, writes Nigel Ball.

13 February 2014

Book of revelations

Book of revelations

Michael Rock delivers more words about buildings and fnord
The uncontroversial premise of Multiple Signatures is that design is a collaborative act, writes David Crowley.
 
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