Jonathan Barnbrook, Biennale of Sydney (detail)

The Big Interview: Jonathan Barnbrook


Designer, Typographer, Provocateur? Alex Croll nervously meets the real Jonathan Barnbrook… Entrusted with the task of interviewing Jonathan Barnbrook at this year’s Designival, I was understandably a little bit nervous. Barnbrook is somewhat of a...

Designival 2014

How To Define Success? Designival 2014 — Reviewed


What do top designers include in their recipe for success? Architect Matthew Ashton goes to this year’s Designival to find out… How to define success… Integrity? Turnover? Satisfaction with your surroundings, process, or clients? This question...

PUPILA ESTUDIO Costa Rica, 326490 project

World Cup Clichés: Graphic Design’s Approach To Football


Should we be showing graphic designers the yellow card for producing the same kind of World Cup artwork? Ian Mitchell explores the visual clichés and asks: are designers manipulating them or being driven by...

Stanley Chow

Irresistible Illustration: Stanley Chow’s Takeaway


Emma Sumner quizzes the MacDonalds illustrator about celebrity portraits, big screen avatars and his current retrospective ‘takeaway’ exhibition… An illustrator and artist with clients all over the world, you might be surprised to...

Baltic Creative, Liverpool. Image courtesy

Off The Map: Liverpool’s Absence From The UK’s Creative Industrial Strategy


Did you know that Liverpool was completely absent from the latest government report on Creative UK Clusters? Gavin Sherratt looks at what this means for the future and how we can get back on...

The Flyover – a new green oasis connecting the Museum Quarter to other parts of the city

Grand Designs — Friends Of The Flyover


Can we really build our own city? Laura Brown talks to Kate Stewart from the Flyover project about why this might be the first step towards urban planning that’s healthy, happy and designed by...

Trafford Town Hall, Trafford by 5plus Architects (c)Mark Waugh

RIBA North West Regional Awards — The Winners in Pictures


At a ceremony held in Liverpool last night, six new — and very different — buildings were announced as RIBA North West Regional Award winners… The prize, which aims to award architectural excellence...

The Big Interview: Andrew Ruffler

The Big Interview: Andrew Ruffler


Ahead of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West Awards, we quizzed Regional Director Andrew Ruffler on the quality of north-west architecture, what healthy cities should look like and the future of UK design… The...


A Tale of Two Cities: BCNMCR


What do Barcelona and Manchester have in common? Excellent graphic design, discovers Maja Lorkowska… What do Barcelona and Manchester have in common? There is of course, the Manchester Bar somewhere in the maze of...