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Gradwatch: Maciek Martyniuk

Otherwise known as Yo Magick, Maciek Martyniuk received a First in Visual Communication in Design from IADT in Dún Laoghaire. We were particularly drawn to his series of Nice Posters in which he experiments with abstract, expressive type which is often animated, and his Stroll app

The sunny side of Camus

If the look of a new book containing two essays by the author Albert Camus is anything to go by, Penguin seem to be embarking on a subtle repositioning of the Algerian-born absurdist

Past present

So-called ‘austerity’ graphic design was a trend in this year’s CR Annual. Nostalgia has long played a part in graphic design, but is it becoming more prevalent? asks

An ongoing occupation

A year on from the launch of The Occupied Times, and fresh from their TYPO London talk, CR spoke to Occupy Design’s Tzortzis Rallis and Noel Douglas about why the visual communication behind the Occupy movement remains as important as ever

The magpie

Edward McKNight Kauffer looked to the avant-garde for inspiration in his commercial practice. A new exhibition celebrates his heady blend of advertising and art

Covering Kafka with colour

Peter Mendelsund is a book cover designer at Alfred A Knopf in New York. He documents his design work on his blog, Jacket Mechanical, and in his most recent post he ran through a new series of unusually colourful Kafka titles, set to appear in the US in June

Typography faces the music

Typo Berlin aimed to examine the relationship between type and music. But the celebratory nature of the event meant there was less room for any critical study of this intruiging pairing

Subway Sect: Peter Saville and Dan Fox in conversation

Dan Fox and Peter Saville in conversation
Subway Sect is a new radio series, produced by Maria Bartolo and CR’s Eliza Williams, which is airing on Resonance FM, London’s art/experimental radio station, over the next six weeks. The shows aim to explore the complex relationship between art and music and take the form of a series of conversations between artists, musicians, writers, designers, djs and music video directors.
The shows go out each Wednesday at 1pm on Resonance (104.4 FM or online at www.resonancefm.com) and we’ll also be bringing you transcripts of highlights from the shows each week on the CR blog.
Today on Subway Sect, designer Peter Saville is in conversation with Frieze magazine critic and writer, Dan Fox. The two discuss Saville’s design work for Factory Records, including his sleeves for Joy Division and New Order, as well as his more recent experiences in the contemporary art world. The show was recorded at Frieze’s offices in London earlier this year.

When we were punks…

It’s 1978. A pensive, hirsute Malcolm Garrett (right) sits in on a recording session with Buzzcocks, the Manchester punk band whose image he so deftly crafted out of a resounding collision between day-glo and Constructivism. What’s he thinking about? Lunch? The impending implosion of civil society in the face of Pete Shelley’s checked shirt?
Whatever, he’s probably not thinking “come 2006, this lot are going to need me to design a thirtieth anniversary logo for them”.

What's the story?

The Storytelling issue, Oct/Nov 2017, is out now.
We invited writers to respond to our cover image
this month: read their stories inside.
PLUS: Tom Gauld, Oliver Jeffers, Giphy & S-Town

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