The Consumer Is In Charge. Of What?

In a world in which a handful of companies largely control what we see, hear, and buy, how can anyone claim that the consumer is the one in charge? This, says Bob Hoffman – aka The Ad Contrarian – is “one of the inescapable clichés of modern marketing” which “shows a remarkable and frightening lack of understanding about what’s really going on”…

What’s On

CR’s pick of current and upcoming exhibitions, design events and creative activities including Graphic Advocacy poster show in New York, Divine Violence from Broomberg & Chanarin in Llandudno, Gibert & George in London, Barbara Kruger in Oxford, street artist Sickboy in London, Summer Screen Prints at Somerset House, The Power of Baked Rolls! poster ad show in Helsinki…

Self-portrait of Spain

PhotoEspana put Spanish photographers in the spotlight this year, with politics often not too far behind. But old and new work offered mixed results

The Trends issue: Photography

Diane Smyth on photography trends, from acid-bright still-lifes, to the new feminism to the enduring influence of the ever-stylish Gentlewoman

All Possible Futures

Can ‘speculative design’ unlock a hitherto unrealised potential for graphic design to go beyond business as usual?

D&AD’s ad winners: what’s missing?

D&AD, alongside other awards schemes such as the One Show and Cannes Lions, are seen as offering a snapshot of the very best work in advertising each year. This year’s winners list features some excellent work, but a number of great projects also slipped through the net: here’s our pick of the ones that got away…

What’s On

CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including Comics Unmasked at the British Library, What Design Can Do conference in Amsterdam, David Pearson’s book designs at Kemistry in London, CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, an evening of indie mag love with Printout in Bristol, and Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives in Denver…

Inside the world of Jean Paul Gaultier

Fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier comes to London with a new major retrospective at the Barbican and an additional exhibition of ephemera at the Fashion Space Gallery. It’s a rare and fascinating opportunity to get inside the creative mind of one of fashion’s most daring designers, whose work celebrates the pleasure of looking, sexual empowerment and the diversity of real beauty…

David Cameron’s Facebook Movie

Some of the Prime Minister’s “key moments” since 2010 are celebrated in a new Facebook-style compilation from the Labour Party

What’s On

CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead including What is a Photograph? exhibition at ICP New York, graphic artist Patrick Thomas at Hang-Up in London, Paul Reas talks documentary photography at Impressions Gallery in Bradford, Ghost Signs walking tours in Stoke Newington, photographs by Francesca Woodman in Vienna, collage artist Hannah Höch at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Transmediale media art and digital culture festival in Berlin, and more…

The year in magazines

Far from hindering creativity the challenging financial climate has made magazines even more determined to innovate. Jeremy Leslie reveals his highlights