David Crowley

Ark magazine

The history of Ark magazine, the Royal College of Art’s student publication which ran from 1950 to 1978, is explored in a new book put together by the college’s critical writing in art and design programme. Here, professor David Crowley and the book’s editorial team reveal how Ark attempted, despite its flux of content and staff, to stay abreast of rapidly changing times

The quiet American

Herb Lubalin was not the most talkative of men, but when it came to words on a page, few were his equal

When work became play

The Barbican’s new Bauhaus show reveals a more playful side to the serious minded German design school

It’s a fiction, an addiction

Visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum’s autumn blockbuster exhibition, Post­modernism: Style and Subversion, 1970–1990, I had a minor epiphany in front of a chest of drawers. In 1978 Alessandro Mendini arranged to have an Art Deco cabinet decorated with a copy of an abstract painting by Wassily Kandinsky from the 1920s and an angular mirror […]

Drawn from life: Gerd Arntz

Working with Otto Neurath, Gerd Arntz designed pictograms to represent every aspect of life. His designs brought warmth, humanity and a political edge to an area of cool statistical detachment

Known Universe

How can we successfully map human knowledge? David Crowley is impressed by an ambitious book on the subject


Halesworth, Suffolk


Halesworth, Suffolk