Feature: Design history

Malcolm, Peter … and Keith

Malcolm, Peter … and Keith

The British New Wave was born at a boys’ school near Manchester

Quiet spirit of joy

Quiet spirit of joy

By championing pattern-making, art and ephemera, the Curwen Press brought a new ‘Comfy Modernism’ to…


Total design

In its all too brief life, Alexey Brodovitch’s Portfolio magazine achieved perfection


Quentin Fiore: Massaging the message

The man who gave form to Marshall McLuhan’s ‘global village’ designed books that were both for and ahead…


Your system sucks!

The flight from Modernism left a yearning for graphics that were rough, real, unaffected and believable.…


Max Bittrof: visual engineer

Max Bittrof was one of the leading German designers of the 1920s. Unlike many exponents of the New…


Cult of the ugly

Designers used to stand for beauty and order. Now beauty is passé and ugliness is smart. How did we get…

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