It’s hard to imagine a graphics studio today causing so much outrage that a newspaper would call for them to be jailed for crimes against design, but that’s just the kind of extreme reaction that Hard Werken provoked in the Netherlands in the 1980s. Rick Poynor reviews a new book charting the rise and fall of a hugely influential and controversial design studio
Rick Poyner is Professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading
The 1,700-plus posters created for the National Theatre have been the responsibility of just five individuals over a period of 50 years. In this exclusive extract from Unit Editions’ new book on the subject, Rick Poynor looks at how such a wide range of expression has come from a single in-house studio
Massimo Vignelli once called it a “factory of garbage” but for 20 years Emigre magazine provided a vital forum for fierce debate about the future of graphic design. As the first UK exhibition about the title opens, Rick Poynor looks at its enduring influence
Metahaven’s latest film is a hybrid of live action, animation and graphics and interrogates what we consider as ‘truth’ in the digital world – a question made all the more pertinent as VR begins to take hold.
A new exhibition at the V&A charts the revolutionary spirit that emerged in the mid-to-late 1960s and permeated our social, political and visual cultures.
With economy and warmth, Willem Sandberg brought the visual identity of the Stedelijk Museum to life in the 1950s, as a new must-see exhibition proves