Issue 64


John L. Walters , the editor
There’s nothing like working on a quarterly magazine for giving one an acute sense of…
Letter to the editor

Letter from Suzanne Perkins

Letter to the editor

Letter from Richard B. Doubleday

Letter to the editor, Malcolm Frost

Letter from Malcolm Frost

Agenda / social media, William Owen

Social media is shifting message-making away from mass media and into the hands of multiple users.

Comfortably Numb (64)
Critique Eye 64, Rick Poynor

Tyler Brûlé's high-flying monthly promises a cool, global perspective, but its attitudes to consumption…


Jan Middendorp

Andrea Tinnes makes type families — functional or ornamental — that quickly acquire a life of their…

John L. Walters

Look beyond the confines of the Latin alphabet, urges Johannes Bergerhausen of Decodeunicode.

Jason Grant

Australian artist Rosalie Gascoigne turned discarded packaging type into ‘stammering concrete poetry’

Richard Hollis

Whether commercial or political, the work of Theo Ballmer was underpinned by craft, precision and…

Safe houses
Vici MacDonald

The language of burglar alarm covers reveals a special kind of British grit

Rachel Abrams

After 50 years as a famous face, Helvetica gets to star in its own feature film

Brendan Dawes, Anne Burdick, John O’Reilly

‘From kings to cupcakes’

John L. Walters

GTF’s Tord Boontje monograph employs structural and decorative devices drawn directly from the product…

Roadshows and rickshaws
Steve Hare

Folk images help BBC World Service promote its 21st-century virtues to a rural Indian audience

John L. Walters

Five Eye commentators take a stroll along the highways and strip malls of contemporary cyberspace

John O’Reilly, Anne Burdick, Brendan Dawes, Erik Spiekermann

‘The site is to Web design what Miyake is to textiles’

Luke Pendrell

The hand-made work of Le Gun finds expression through parties, installations, a website and a big ’zine…

Anne Burdick, John O’Reilly

‘You wouldn’t want to have
to book a train ticket from here’

Brendan Dawes, Anne Burdick, Erik Spiekermann, John O’Reilly

‘The online shrine
to crap design’

Anne Burdick, Brendan Dawes, John O’Reilly

‘Porn site aesthetics applied to art’

Anne Burdick, Brendan Dawes, John O’Reilly

‘The NYT scores in storytelling charisma’

Anne Burdick, John O’Reilly, Brendan Dawes

‘Like late-1960s Vignelli ... totally contemporary’

Anne Burdick, Brendan Dawes

‘So incredible that it almost brings me to tears’

John O’Reilly

‘Appealing to middle class virtues, prudent, reserved’

Anne Burdick, Brendan Dawes, John O’Reilly

‘A purposeful marriage of design and content’

Margaret Woodward

For ten days in March, the billboards of Hobart were given over to the voices of its inhabitants