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The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech

By Zoe Whitley
Four Corners Books / V&A, £20

As a second-year undergraduate student at Reading in the early 1990s, I was shown the linocut posters and prints of Paul Peter Piech as inspiration for a project. I hated them. To me all this crude wonky woodcut stuff was not typography or graphic design, not beautiful or well done. How blinkered and narrow-minded of me. Two years ago I came across the work again at Reading and fell head over heels in love with its energy, power and vibrancy – above all its utter disregard for all the conventions of graphic design.


Cover of Zoe Whitley’s The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech.


Fraser Muggeridge, graphic designer and founder of Typography Summer School, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 88 vol. 22 2014


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