Feature: Design history

 

NASA patches

Embroidered space travel patches, collected and appreciated by Eugene Dorr

 
Machine head

Machine head

Fritz Kahn commissioned illustrators to realise his surreal pedagogical vision – mechanical metaphors…

 
South Bank show

South Bank show

The Royal Festival hall has regained the thoroughly English lettering of its origins in the Festival of…

 
Willem Sandberg: Warm printing

Willem Sandberg: Warm printing

The Dutch pioneer’s catalogues for the Stedelijk show a tactile use of sensual materials and…

 
Marked by time

Marked by time

Two catalogues reveal much about stencil-making in Germany and the US in the mid-twentieth century, while…

 
Social vision

Social vision

RoSPA’s Second World War safety posters challenge orthodox views of British Modernism

 
Reputations: Richard Hollis

Reputations: Richard Hollis

‘The ideal situation is where you sit with the client and design with them. If anything is emphasised…

 

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…

 
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