Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964), Japanese horizontal one sheet Kazuo Kamimura (2)

French New Wave: A Revolution in Design – Reviewed


Much has been written about the French New Wave, but what of the posters created in response to the movement? Mike Pinnington investigates a new book dedicated to designs as innovative as the...


They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening


An exhibition and book celebrate the legacy of They Live, director John Carpenter’s Reaganism allegory, but how does it stand up in our supposedly satire-proof times? Mike Pinnington investigates… When I first watched...

Ben Johnson, The Liverpool Cityscape

Dreams and Ideologies – Architecture: Fashion and Folly


With the RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture announced this evening, Kenn Taylor reflects on how the passage of time tends to weigh heavily on the popularity – or otherwise – of a building… I once...


“It simply doesn’t live up to this esoteric promise.” In Character – Reviewed


Ashley McGovern reviews In Character, an exhibition exploring architecture’s communicative powers… How did Studio MUTT arrive at their name? The first part is standard, they are a RIBA Chartered Practice after all, though...

Dorothy-Electronic Stamp Album-2

“I guess I’m just a bit of a geek. I just love listening to music.”
Interview: Dorothy


Combining a love of music and graphic design, we spoke to Dorothy’s Jim Quail about his creative process, wordplay and “falling down holes of research”… Coming together in 2010 after stints in the...


“It’s a luxury and a privilege…” Introducing: Rare Mags, Stockport


Magazine fan Jacob Charles Wilson heads home to Stockport to check out a beautiful new shop for the printed word… It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Greater Manchester has a vibrant culture...

Cooking Sections The Empire Remains Christmas Pudding-slider

The Geopolitics Of The Humble Christmas Pud & Other Highlights From Design & Empire [Working Title]


We take a look at four artists converging this weekend for an ambitious Liverpool Biennial-led programme: people whose ideas jab and nudge at the power structures and politics left over from the former...

Ceramica: Nojan wireframe.

“The design object should also be a piece of art”: Architecture Meets Ceramics At RIBA North


Liam Peacock speaks to two of the designers testing the limits of pottery, porcelain and glass in RIBA North’s new exhibition Cerámica – and discovers how their cutting-edge production techniques could bring about a more sustainable future… RIBA North,...

C. H. R. Bailey, south perspective view. A New Cathedral, 1960, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, 2017. All images courtesy liverpoolcatholic.org.uk

“Anxiety as captured in concrete”: A New Cathedral, 1960 – Reviewed


Ed Montana-Williams finds that the competition to design a new cathedral for Liverpool in 1960 received architectural ideas not of veneration, but of commemoration; referencing Cold War anxiety, rocket-like structures and concrete bunkers…...