Feature: Visual Culture

 
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…

 

A terrible beauty

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

 
Penguin crime

Penguin crime

Romek Marber’s 1960s paperback identity is a landmark of independent British design

 

Reputations: Terry Jones

‘I'm a creative director. I work with photographers. Years ago I said design is a piece of piss. Design…

 
Big subject, little pictures

Big subject, little pictures

Joe Sacco uses the comics medium to describe the lives of Palestinians

 

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

 
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