Michael Johnson

The search for a voice

Designer Michael Johnson of johnson banks, looks back at his recent visit to India, where he found a design scene that is beginning to reflect the country’s unique and rich visual language…

Flexible identity systems: all played out?

Once, identity systems were fixed, consistent and rigidly policed. So-called ‘flexible’ identities have changed all that, as Michael Johnson documents here. But, he asks, have they too now reached the end of the line?

What’s in a name? Just about everything

‘Action’ on this, ‘beating’ that: in their naming and branding, charities are becoming much clearer about what they do and why. Michael Johnson of johnson banks charts the development of this new, ‘active’ approach in the sector

The unbeautiful logo

I recently watched a video clip of the Oasis guitarist, Noel Gallagher, talking about “his favourite world cup moments”, writes Michael Johnson. Somewhat surprisingly, his first thoughts about the 1978 tournament were about the logo

Decision time for the RCA

This week is an important one for the future of graphic design in the UK, writes Michael Johnson, as the RCA interviews candidates to run its Communication Art and Design course. But with CA&D a decade old, has Art proved too much of a distraction from Design?

Oh, London

The Mayor of London, in his infinite wisdom, has decided that the city needs re-branding. In just seven weeks. And there’s no pitch fee…

Me, myself and I

Why do graphic designers find themselves so fascinating?
Michael Johnson investigates the new wave of ‘me-projects’

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