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Archive: June 2012


What Does Critical Writing Look Like?

The first cohort of students graduating from the Royal College of Art’s two-year Critical Writing in Art & Design MA have presented their final projects at an evening symposium and in a degree-show display. It was an opportunity to see early signs of the direction this unique course, open to writers coming from art or design or both, is taking. Their work is a reminder that design and production are inextricably linked to writing.

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Updating the Maps of Graphic Design History

The appearance of Occasional Papers Graphic Design: History in the Writing, edited by Belgian designer Sara De Bondt and French design historian Catherine de Smet, is a heartening sign that the project of graphic design history is being taken up by new hands as it must be if it’s going to develop. The field needs to inspire an inquisitive new generation of map-makers to enter this still only patchily charted terrain.

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On My Shelf: A History of the Machine

Erik Nitsche’s A History of the Machine is one of the most beautifully measured and visually lucid books I own. It belongs to a highly collectable series of 24 volumes titled The New Illustrated Library of Science and Invention, launched in 1962 in Geneva by his company, Erik Nitsche International. The books are landmarks of modern, low-cost, mass-market, educational publication design that have rarely been surpassed.

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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
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