Issue 68

Opinion

John L. Walters

The beginning of a new era . . . and thanks!

Absolutely the ‘worst’
Critique, Rick Poynor

How does a graphic work claim its place in history? Notoriety and originality helps, but nothing beats…

Barbara Ehrbar
Question and Answer, Barbara Ehrbar

Who cares about graphic design history?

Question and Answer, Vincent Tigre

Who cares about graphic design history?

Dieter Wiechmann
Question and Answer, Dieter Wiechmann

Who cares about graphic design history?

Nod Young
Question and Answer, Nod Young

Who cares about graphic design history?

Oliver Knight
Question and Answer, Oliver Knight

Who cares about graphic design history?

Question and Answer, Kurnal Rawat

Who cares about graphic design history?

James Lambert
Question and Answer, James Lambert

Who cares about graphic design history?

Redouane Oumahi
Question and Answer, Redouane Oumahi

Who cares about graphic design history?

Question and Answer, Motomichi Nakamura

Who cares about graphic design history?

Question and Answer, Adam Machacek , Sebastien Bohner

Who cares about graphic design history?

Question and Answer, Craig Oldham

Who cares about graphic design history?

William Hall
Question and Answer, William Hall

Who cares about graphic design history?

Strange Attractors
Question and Answer, Ryan Pescatore Frisk , Catelijne van Middelkoop

Who cares about graphic design history?

Adrien Pelletier
Question and Answer, Adrien Pelletier

Who cares about graphic design history?

Pedro Inoue
Question and Answer, Pedro Inoue

Who cares about graphic design history?

Sara De Bondt
Question and Answer, Sara De Bondt

Who cares about graphic design history?

Fraser Muggeridge
Question and Answer, Fraser Muggeridge

Who cares about graphic design history?

Giampietro+Smith
Question and Answer, Rob Giampietro , Kevin Smith

Who cares about graphic design history?

Question and Answer, Filip Blazek

Who cares about graphic design history?

Matt Dent
Question and Answer, Matt Dent

Who cares about graphic design history?

Features

John L. Walters

Introduction to special issue by editor John L. Walters

Martha Scotford

In the late 1980s, US designer and historian Martha Scotford set out on a mission to discover what might…

Design’s wayward cousins
Steve Rigley

Humble and often vulgar, chapbooks offer an illuminating window into the medieval world.

Modernism and monograms
Paul Barnes

Both artisan and art director, Hermann Eidenbenz was a subtle master of Swiss design.

Prototype propagandist
Jan Middendorp

Rivadulla’s revolutionary poster art avoids socialist cliché.

Iguana stew
Nick Bell

Ko Sliggers conveyed a complex, subtle message with a seemingly effortless collage.

Talking pictures (Isotype)
Christopher Burke

By representing data in simple graphic form, Isotype anticipated modern information design.

Woman at the edge of technology
Elizabeth Resnick

Jacqueline Casey’s posters used wit, invention and the grid to reach the essence of each subject.

The digital essence
Mario Feliciano

Lexicon, by Bram de Does, is a type designer’s type design, par excellence.

Typographic tango
Krzysztof Fijalkowski

The journal Néon was a unique graphic expression of Surrealism

The new, weird America
Eric Heiman

Michael Stipe’s early R.E.M. sleeves were a strange fusion of the DIY spirit of punk and the mystery of…

Going the distance
Matt Soar

Roundel’s identity for Railfreight in the late 1980s unified a multi-faceted business with a strong…

Gender rendition
Stuart McKee

Todd Trexler’s Das Black Moonlight poster marked drag’s movement into the public consciousness.

The right stuff
Jonathan Baldwin

Though touted as the ‘university of the air’, it was the OU’s graphic design that made it a…

Voice control
Michael Worthington

The title sequence for this Truffaut movie heralds brilliantly a world where the written word is…

Beneath the radar
Teal Triggs

Katy Keene made comic history by being the first magazine to be designed in part by its readers.

Terms of reference
Catherine Dixon

A modest dictionary of print terms has been a source of inspiration for 60 years.

On the nose
Roger Sabin

Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday was a wonder of populist design.

The test of time
Eric Kindel

After 90 years, Ishihara’s colour deficiency plates have proved their effectiveness as a diagnostic tool…

New frontier
Steven Heller

When art director Art Paul made the journey from Bauhaus to Hefner’s Playboy mansion, men’s mags…

Home Counties surrealism
John Beck, Matthew Cornford

Keef’s album covers are visual essays of their time, full of bleakness and possibility.

Polyphonic playground
John L. Walters

The world’s first museum of its kind, plus the ‘European Championship of Graphic Design’