A look at the Dutch graphic design museum

The Dutch have clocked another world first – a museum devoted solely to graphic design. Michael Johnson wonders at their seemingly disproportionate impact on the profession and asks what it

Time for mobiles to go sustainable

Disposability – that bedrock of consumerism and bête noir of the Green movement – is rife in the mobile phone industry, sustained as it is by contracts offering perpetual upgrades.

Tapping into water branding

Getting people back on to tap water might not be easy – even though many bottled waters contain just that Branding tap water may strike you as a pointless waste

The craft skills of Piet Boon

He doesn’t conform to the image of the eccentric Dutch designer, but Piet Boon is achieving success through craft skills and the ability to understand the needs of his clients.

Unholy script

Everyone seems to be sporting tattoos, popularised by footballers and celebrities – often ones featuring non-Latin alphabets like Sanskrit, Hebrew and Arabic. Simon Loxley reviews the trend, and wonders if

Asia major

If China came relatively late to modern graphic design, then the wealth of material emerging from the Asian giant suggests the country is rapidly catching up. A flurry of exhibitions

Going deeper with clients

Chasing new clients may be exciting, but it makes more business sense to improve the way you handle your current stable, says Ricky Oh I can’t prove it, but I

Top drawers

Cartoons can be as ephemeral as the subjects they lampoon, but the best exponents of the art spend a lifetime learning how to communicate a moment. Two new books and


The Fredrikson Stallard duo were ‘ones to watch’ from the moment they set up in 2005, and have stayed busy ever since. Henrietta Thompson talks to the designers who combine

Accreditation? Advice is more useful, says BDI

It is a matter of professional responsibility for all companies including designers to improve their understanding of sustainability issues that directly affect the discipline and sectors they specialise in. And

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