Madam Lacleur, collage from The Mysteries of Udolpho series, 1975

Intangible fantasy

With the latest crop of graphics students bursting on to the design scene, it’s a good time to consider some of the grand masters, too. The Royal College of Art is doing just that by staging the first major retrospective in Britain of the work of the late Roman Cieślewicz. Part of the ongoing Polska! […]

DHA Design’s scheme for the Who Am I? gallery

Lights, action…

Dramatic lighting can add a touch of theatricality to any museum or gallery project, but designers must be wary of showcasing the technology at the expense of the exhibits. Anna Richardson finds some installations that not only strike the right balance, but also address sustainability

A graphic showing Government public spending

Facts in focus

Social media and wider access to official statistics have led to an explosion of raw data awaiting analysis. Scott Billings looks at the way designers are visualising that information to render it understandable and usable

Lee and Kapil Gupta

Profile: Serie Architects

A theoretical approach based on the cumulative intelligence of structures underpins the award-winning output of this multinational architectural studio. Anna Richardson talks to one of its co-founders about ceilings and the notion of grids


Shop Union Market is opening in an old Tube station – what is the most interesting environment you have worked in?

College projects must avoid the self-indulgence trap

In his role as external examiner to three universities and through his willingness to offer portfolio advice and lectures at a further five design courses, Adrian Shaughnessy (pictured) should be applauded for having the amount of exposure to graphic design education that he has (Private View, DW 1 July).

Inspired: Marc Atkinson – Marc & Anna

At the age of 14 I was given this Letraset catalogue, circa 1980, by my dad. Until the age of 17 this was my favourite book – I would leaf through, studying fonts for hours, drawing those that appealed to me most. I was a geek of the highest order, fascinated by typography long before […]

Best of the Web If the pain of England’s dismal performance in the Fifa World Cup has subsided a little, you may want to check out The New York Times site that has a more design-related take on the winners and losers. Alice Rawsthorn looks at the designs of the boots, the shirts, the logo and the ball […]

The biggest gamble

Who needs high-concept advertising stunts and sophisticated viral marketing when there are good old sheet metal ads? Hugh Pearman moots a return to more permanent methods

A broader canvas

Project Canvas could spark a revolution in the way we consume visual media, and digital designers are excited about its interactive potential. But they still foresee a role for conventional ’curated’ content, says Angus Montgomery

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