Issue 44


John L. Walters

Why Homer liked graphic design conferences

A new ‘flag’?
Critique, Rick Poynor

Hold the front page! Rem Koolhaas devises a ‘bar code’ for Europe. Critique by Rick Poynor

Inspiration: Pioneer 10 plaque (1972)
Design history, Illustration, Information design, Technology, Visual culture, Gary Benzel , Todd St. John

Billions of miles from Earth and still travelling, this etched metal plaque is the furthest piece of…

Springtime for Hitler and Lego
Monitor, Steven Heller

A review of ‘Mirroring evil’ at the Jewish Museum, New York


Herbert Spencer: 1924-2002
Ken Garland

Ken Garland recalls the late British designer and editor who died earlier this year

Phil Baines

In an-depth pictorial essay Phil Baines examines the ways major UK newspapers, tabloid and broadsheet…

Ikko Tanaka’s posters were elegant, but spoke to the person in the street

Jan Erik Posth

Photographer Jan Erik Posth’s collection of European postboxes provides the opportunity for a neat…

Simon Esterson

A newspaper is a giant kit of parts that gets assembled in different ways each day. Contemporary newspaper…

staff writer

This year the American Institute of Graphic Arts presented the NYT a special award for its innovative ‘A…

Time Out covers
Emily King

Pearce Marchbank’s covers added an editorial edge to a listings magazine

Big subject, little pictures
David Thompson

Joe Sacco uses the comics medium to describe the lives of Palestinians

Miki Kato

The Japanese obsession with cute icons is rooted in cultural tradition