politics

Brothers and Sisters

A conference at Manchester’s People’s History Museum dedicated to the art of printed protest reveals fascinating messages from British politics. Craig Oldham reports

The fun of the fair

There’s nothing like a book fair to trigger self-reflection in a cover designer, but what esteemed company it is to keep. Daniel Benneworth-Gray visits the York Book Fair

New manifesto from David Shrigley (in the form of a book)

The arrival of a new book from David Shrigley is always a pleasant way to begin the week: titled Weak Messages Create Bad Situations, this latest tome from the artist is published by Canongate and features over 400 new drawings. As you might imagine, it is rather amusing…

Rodney Fitch: a tribute

“I always felt that I had a mission in life to deliver to ordinary people better places to shop”. Rodney Fitch, one of the true greats of British design, has passed away. As a tribute we are republishing this 1996 interview by Richard Williams from our sister title Design Week which caught Fitch at his charming best

Brighton Photo Biennial 2014

Communities, Collectives and Collaboration is the theme for the sixth edition of Brighton Photo Biennial, and with so much to see this year, a single visit won’t seem like enough time to take it all in. So here are just a few highlights, including a show at the soon to be demolished Circus Street Market exploring the resurgence of photography collectives.

Posters, Politics, Protest: British Political Posters conference

Next month, the People’s History Museum in Manchester is set to stage a conference dedicated to the British political poster. Speakers will include Saatchi & Saatchi-founder Jeremy Sinclair, creator of many of the Conservative party’s most famous ad campaigns, artist Peter Kennard and designer Noel Douglas of the Occupy movement

100 Leading Ladies

Photographer Nancy Honey has compiled portraits of 100 inspirational senior women for a new project which aims to challenge perceptions of age and celebrate lesser-known female role models.

Five books from Jonathan Ellery

Jonathan Ellery’s latest publication sees the designer and artist tackle some big themes over five short books – but what’s the connection between garden birds, politics and sexual deviance in the church?

What would a UK flag look like without Scotland?

On September 18, Scotland will hold a vote on independence which could herald the break-up of the UK as we know it. If the Scots vote yes, will the UK need a new flag? If so, what would it look like? Atelier Works’ Quentin Newark and Kevin Denoual have some suggestions

How Save The Children is asking for help in Gaza

The recent conflict in Gaza has prompted mass media coverage and an outpouring of shock and concern from the public. With large areas of the Gaza Strip destroyed and over 1,800 people killed, nearly 400 of them children, the area is desperate for aid. But what is the best way for charities to channel public interest into donations? CR talks to Save The Children’s head of film & photography Jess Crombie about the complexity of campaigning for help during a conflict…

What’s On

CR’s pick of current and upcoming exhibitions, design events and creative activities including Beacons Festival in Yorkshire; Jeremy Deller in Bristol; Lucy Sparrow’s Corner Shop in London; illustrator Tom Frost and 3D paper artist Sarah Bridgland at Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Chicago Design Museum’s first show in their new home, Starts/Speculations; and Antoine de Galbert’s Le mur in Paris…

Ark magazine

The history of Ark magazine, the Royal College of Art’s student publication which ran from 1950 to 1978, is explored in a new book put together by the college’s critical writing in art and design programme. Here, professor David Crowley and the book’s editorial team reveal how Ark attempted, despite its flux of content and staff, to stay abreast of rapidly changing times

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