Rick Poynor

Rick Poynor is an acclaimed critic and writer on design and visual culture. He writes a weekly column about photography at designobserver.com

National Theatre Posters: A Design History

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

Why Emigre mattered – and still matters

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