Jan van Toorn

Recent articles about Jan van Toorn

A Dutch battle that still rattles

Issue 90, Summer 2015


Fiery debates on the ethical, political and cultural ramifications of graphic…

Tony Brook on collecting

Issue 86, Autumn 2013


Spin’s founder, the subject of Reputations in Eye 86, talks about his passion for poster…

The designer unmasked

Issue 2, Winter 1990


Jan van Toorn has turned graphic agitation into a fine art. Profile by Gerald Forde

We need a hero

Issue 68, Summer 2008


Third in the series ‘Graphic design in the Netherlands’, Jan van Toorn:…

Stamps and the public interest

Issue 9, Summer 1993


Since Rowland Hill’s introduction of the Penny Black in 1840, the postage stamp…

Recent blog posts by Jan van Toorn

Five strategies tabled in Eindhoven

27 October 2014

Van Abbemuseum throws new light on Jan van Toorn’s critical design practice
Homage exhibitions are inherently celebratory, writes Francisco Laranjo. However ‘Staging the Message: The Open Work of Jan van Toorn’, now at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands until 18 Jan 2015, offers a critical challenge to that tradition.

Set the controls for the heart of Dutch design

15 July 2013

Open Set summer school tackles autonomy within design culture under the theme of ‘Commonomy’ – with a special offer for Eye blog readers
Design summer programmes offer many enticing reasons to participate, not least of which is the chance to learn from renowned design professionals while gaining new perspectives and experimenting with new design approaches, writes Linda Kwon.

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

29 March 2009

‘Collecting images is not enough. How democratic is it?’
In a very polite, and very Dutch way, writes Simon Esterson, Jan van Toorn used the latest D&AD lecture to remind the audience at London’s Mermaid Theatre about graphic design’s social possibilities. He told us we should break out of our design stereotypes because, ‘it’s boring to produce neat things’.