Feature: Visual culture

 
Shock tactics

Shock tactics

America’s funky ‘altweeklies’ are a hotbed of zero-budget, attention-grabbing cover art direction.

 

A terrible beauty

The atomic bomb’s mushroom cloud has become the logo of annihilation

 

The producer as author

For Bruce Mau, graphic design is a way of investigating ethical, cultural and philisophical issues

 
Laptop aesthetics

Laptop aesthetics

A crackly, digital approach informs one of three current design trends

 
Las Vegas tangle

Las Vegas tangle

A junkyard is home to the stylish chaos and discarded carcasses of a golden age of signage

 

We hardly knew you

Street-corner merchandising tries to remember the twin towers

 
Penguin crime

Penguin crime

Romek Marber’s 1960s paperback identity is a landmark of independent British design

 
Reputations: Jean Widmer

Reputations: Jean Widmer

‘Signage reflects both the complexity of space and the way a place is organised. And it is very…

 

Reputations: Terry Jones

‘I’m a creative director. I work with photographers. Years ago I said design is a piece of piss. Design…

 
General Idea: Infiltrate, infect and mutate

General Idea: Infiltrate, infect and mutate

Ignoring the boundaries between art and design, this Canadian trio worked in both fields with an…

 
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