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Rick Poynor
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This list is regularly updated with both new and older writing available online.


INTERVIEWS WITH RICK POYNOR

Neshan, 2012
Wearegoat, 2012
Thought Catalog, 2011
Designers & Books, 2011
Design Taxi, 2007
Emigre, 1995


LATEST COLUMNS

Photo Critique: Empathy and Doubt in Arles
Eye, July 2013

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Observer: Picture This
Print, April 2013

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SELECTED COLUMNS, ARTICLES & ESSAYS

Books Every Graphic Designer Should Read
Designers & Books, 2011

Notable Books of 2011
Designers & Books, 2011

Notable books of 2012
Designers & Books, 2012

Screen Prints: 1960s Posters from the Royal College of Art
Eye, 2013

Critique: Commitment to Content (on Criterion Collection covers)
Eye, June 2011

Critique Commentary (Criterion Collection cover images)
Eye, June 2011

Interview with Robin Kinross
Eye, 2011

Metahaven: Borderline
Eye, 2009

Love of Lexicons
Eye, 2010

Critique: Graphic and Grotesque
Eye, 2012

Surrealism and Design, Part 1: Dark Tools of Desire
Eye, 2007

Surrealism and Design, Part 2: Documents of the Marvellous 
Eye, 2007

Print, 2010

Surrealism: The Enduring Appeal of Convulsive Beauty
Creative Review, 2009

Bruno Munari's Design as Art
Icon, 2008

Observer: The Takeway Effect
Print, February 2013

Observer: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Print, October 2012

Observer: Throwaway Culture
Print, August 2012

Observer: Power by Design
Print, January 2012

Print, October 2011

Print, 2010

Print, 2009 

Icon, 2008 

Critique: Enter the Void — A Soul Drifting in Neon Limbo
Eye, 2011

Eye, 2011

The Death of the Critic
Icon, 2006

The Time for Being Against
Presented at Looking Closer: AIGA Conference on Design History and Criticism, 2001 

The Graphic Grab

The Guardian, 2004

The Soul of Design
Icon, 2006

Down with Innovation
I.D., 2008

Observer: Raging Bull
Print, 2005

Scott King: Our Most Incorrigibly Melancholy Designer
Creative Review, 2010 

The Designers Republic: They Sell! We Buy!
Creative Review, 2009

Benetton Hits Middle Age
Creative Review, 2006 

First Things First Revisited
Emigre, 1999

Design Conferences: Time We Demanded More?
Creative Review, 2008

Canonical Design: Absolutely the “Worst”
Eye, 2008

We Need More Galleries
Print, 2010

In Praise of the Imperfect
Graphis, 2000

Critique: British Posters – All Mouth and Trousers?
Eye, 2010

Collapsing Bulkheads: The Covers of Crash
Ballardian, 2007

Henry Cohen: The Shape of a Pocket
Eye, 2011

Henry Cohen: Bright Idées
Eye, 2011

Richard Hamilton: Typotranslation
Eye, 2000

Herbert Spencer: Obituary
The Guardian, 2002

Romek Marber: Penguin Crime
Eye, 2004

Romek Marber: Survivor
Eye, 2010

Germano Facetti: Underneath the Covers
The Guardian, 2006

March of the Penguins
Metropolis, 2005

Will Burtin: Forgotten Master of Design
Creative Review, 2007

Unimark: When Designers Wore Lab Coats
Creative Review, 2009

Tibor Kalman: Obituary
The Independent, 1999

Tibor Kalman: Maintaining Tiborocity
Print, 2002

Edward Fella: Out There
Frieze, 1992

Elliott Earls: A Designer and a One Man Band
Eye, 2002

Graham Rawle: Paste-up Ladies
Eye, 2005

Stefan Sagmeister: Brilliant, Engaging, But Modest It’s Not
Metropolis, 2008

Reza Abedini: A Man Apart
Creative Review, 2007

Look Inward: Graphic Design in Australia
Eye, 2002

Rick Poynor is a writer, critic, lecturer and curator, specialising in design, media, photography and visual culture. He founded Eye, co-founded Design Observer, and contributes columns to Eye and Print. His latest book is Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design.


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Uncanny Surrealism and Graphic Design
Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design
Rick Poynor
Moravian Gallery, 2010
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