Creative Insight

Analysis of significant creative projects, people and trends

Mohau Modisakeng in Africa State of Mind by Ekow Eshun

Ekow Eshun on a new era of photography from Africa

The writer and curator is diving into the breadth of photography coming out of the continent in his new book Africa State of Mind. He discusses the “troubled relationship” between photography and Africa, and what sets this new generation apart

How coronavirus cancelled art school

For the Class of Covid-19, the pandemic has left them grappling with no access to workshops, ‘virtual’ degree shows and uncertain career prospects. CR investigates the deepening crisis in the UK’s art schools, and whether they are doing enough to support students

Getting started on that long-lost project

With the UK in lockdown, and much of the creative community with some unexpected time on their hands, there’s never been a better time to tackle that project you’ve always dreamed of doing. But how to get started? Richard Holman has some tips

Unravelling the legacy of the punk aesthetic

In his new book, longtime punk memorabilia collector Andrew Krivine takes a deep dive into the work of some of the big name and less well known creatives behind the music. Here, he tells CR why the visual history of punk goes well beyond its DIY rep

On the influence of Asterix

Last week saw the death of Albert Uderzo, who, alongside René Goscinny, created the stories of Asterix the Gaul. Here, Mark Sinclair explores Uderzo and Goscinny’s remarkable creative collaboration and the influence it has had on generations of creatives

Making ads during lockdowns: Blink’s advice for brands

Film shoots might have ground to a halt but that doesn’t mean that brands can’t still create content. We talk to production company Blink about getting creative with animation, embracing lo-fi video and why going back to basics could be a good thing for the ad world

How I Work: Ibrahim Mahama

The Ghanaian artist gives new life to discarded materials in his often monumental projects which evoke centuries of history. He takes us through the process behind his work, and the value of bringing in ordinary people to create extraordinary installations

How I Work: Rob Biddulph

Author and illustrator Rob Biddulph is renowned for his witty and charming picture books for children. Here he shares his creative process and how he keeps readers coming back to his books

How ad agencies are coping with office shut-downs

As working from home becomes the new normal, we talk to Laurent Simon, CCO at VMLY&R, Chaka Sobhani, CCO at Leo Burnett, and Jane Austin, founder of Persuasion Communications, about looking after creative teams and preparing for constant change

An image of Soviet Space Graphics: Cosmic Visions from the USSR

A voyage into Soviet-era space graphics

Moscow Design Museum founder Alexandra Sankova explains why graphic design magazines were so prevalent in the Soviet era, and takes us through the history of USSR space art – which goes back much further than the space race

RNA rape kit

Redesigning the future of sexual assault responses

Designer and academic Antya Waegemann has been developing a redesigned rape kit to help improve experiences in the aftermath of a sexual assault. She talks to us about her work and why good design is an essential component in helping victims seek justice

How I Got Here: Jerry Saltz

As Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz’s new book is published in the UK, we talk to him about becoming a critic in his 40s, the way social media is changing art, and what advice he’d give artists today

The slogan strikes back

Brands including KFC and Nike are firmly embracing bygone advertising slogans within very modern advertising. We explore why these long-used straplines can be so satisfying, and why more brands aren’t doing the same thing