Alex Cameron

Recent articles by Alex Cameron

More pics than crit

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


This book is a welcome survey of a vibrant and witty design approach…

Britannia waves the flag

Issue 80, Summer 2011


A Symbol for the Festival tells an illuminating personal and graphic design…

Recent blog posts by Alex Cameron

Typographic hints for the next generation

26 November 2019

‘The New Art School Rules’ is showing in Bury as part of Design Manchester 19. Review by Alex Cameron
‘The New Art School Rules!’ – part of Design Manchester 19 Festival – is an exhibition of 121 type-based images designed by current practitioners, writes Alex Cameron.

At your service

15 October 2019

Armin Hofmann’s Graphic Design Manual. A review by Alex Cameron
A reproduction of Armin Hofmann’s poster, Giselle, designed for the Basel Open Air Theatre in 1959, has hung at my desk for more than twenty years, writes Alex Cameron.

Colours of Soviet film posters

9 January 2014

Elena Sudakova and Lutz Becker curate Soviet silent film posters from the 1920s and 30s, on display at London’s GRAD gallery from 17 January
GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design, in collaboration with online poster gallery AntikBar, is hosting a poster exhibition in London this month, and it is a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in the visual arts and communications, writes Alex Cameron.

Fag end

14 June 2013

We shouldn’t glamourise ‘de-branding’ as cool ‘anti-design’, says Alex Cameron. It’s simply against design.
In March this year, the Australian government’s ‘de-branded’ cigarette packaging design was one of fourteen nominated entries – in the Graphics category – in the Design Museum’s ‘Designs of the Year 2013’ awards / exhibition, writes Alex Cameron.

Road to nowhere

7 June 2013

Subterranean photography exhibition ‘Hind Land’ by Nick Rochowski and Tim Bowditch goes on display at The Front Room gallery, London
‘Hind Land’ is a photographic collaboration by Nick Rochowski and Tim Bowditch and is the winner of the Troika Editions / FORMAT13 Award, writes Alex Cameron.

Type at the core

2 January 2013

Design students hope to acquire skills that are transferable and future-proof. In our new media world, letterpress and education need each other
If you’d blinked, you might have missed the 6x6 Collaborative Letterpress Project’s three-day exhibition at Her House Gallery in London last November, writes Alex Cameron.

The unflinching eye

20 September 2012

A powerful new photography exhibition at the Barbican brings an earlier world of change and violence to vivid life.
More than 400 works, by twelve celebrated international photographers in a British institution such as the Barbican, speaks volumes of the perceived artistic legitimacy of photography’s position in contemporary culture, writes Alex Cameron.

Billboards reloaded

30 August 2012

Judging by this digital project, reports of the death of the poster have been greatly exaggerated.
For four weeks this summer, roadside advertising specialists Outdoor Plus gave a small group of participants from Central Saint Martins the chance to reach an audience of millions, writes Alex Cameron.

Smoke bomb

20 August 2012

Australia’s decision to ‘unbrand’ tobacco packaging demands more debate, says Alex Cameron
Last week I woke to the news that cigarette packaging is to be ‘un-designed’ as a result of a landmark ruling by the highest court in Australia, writes Alex Cameron. As a result, from December, all fag packets will be olive green, and dominated by large graphic health warnings, with the manufacturers' names printed in a small generic font.

Modern games

1 May 2012

Josef Hartwig’s 1922 chess set design advances a ‘Bauhaus reality’ check
Form follows function. The oft-quoted, much misunderstood dictum associated with the Bauhaus finds few better expressions than the chess set designed by the workshop master Josef Hartwig in 1922, writes Alex Cameron.

Type Tuesday: Text, pixel, pen and fen

1 May 2012

Tankard’s new type family Fenland questions the ‘calligraphic metaphor’
The launch party for Jeremy Tankard’s new type family Fenland, at London’s Kemistry Gallery, was packed to capacity with gallery regulars and friends and colleagues of the designer, writes Alex Cameron.

Birth of a typeface

19 March 2012

A sketchbook preview of Jeremy Tankard’s new type family Fenland
After almost twenty years working in graphic design and a studious attitude to the subject of design and typography, I thought I understood type, writes Alex Cameron.

Not enough critical mass?

21 December 2011

Europe’s first MA in design writing and criticism looks likely to close
British design may be about to lose an important ally if the proposal to close the Design Writing Criticism (DWC) MA programme at the London College of Communication (LCC) goes ahead, write Alex Cameron (DWC class of 2011) and Kristina Ketola Bore (current student). In November 2011, the college announced its decision not to recruit any more students for the MA.