All the World’s a Fair
As the number of design festivals grows, it’s time to ask whether they’re really effective for drumming up business and promoting awareness in tomorrow’s design capitals.
BY JUDE STEWART
Reanimated corpses, turnip-headed people, voracious suitcases—such are the characters that populate Henning Wagenbreth’s tragicomic oeuvre.
BY RICK POYNOR
Everything Belgian Is New Again
Paul Boudens, energetic iconoclast, is remaking the pattern of Belgian design.
BY RHONDA RUBINSTEIN
The Pleasure Principle
In Dornbirn, Austria, the Saegenvier studio makes work that is unsophisticated, unrefined, and shallow. They call it perfect.
BY CATHY FISHEL
State of Play
Governments are giving new funding and support to European video games. But what makes a game European?
BY SEAN ASHCROFT
The Cut-Up Kings of Vilnius
Infusing an old culture with a tangle of Western influences, Lithuania’s PetPunk is helping forge a sensibility for the New Europe.
BY R. JAY MAGILL
First on Deco
A Parisian printer’s opus from the ’30s contains the origins of a design staple.
BY STEVEN HELLER
Still Life With Super Mario Bros.
For Prague “nerd artist” Jeremiah Palecek, the computer screens of video games and software are the new landscapes.
BY CLIVE THOMPSON
European Design Annual
Our 12th annual showcase of the best in European design.
INTRODUCTION BY EMILY GORDON
Where we’re calling from.
“As a narrative, Mumbo Jumbo slides along gracefully like a disjointed jazz riff.”
Typeface documentaries of the future, maps of Cape Town, collaborative furniture, and more.
Rebranding goes guerrilla, indie rock folds, and one author stick(er)s it to the man.
Westward Bound A few lessons from Poland for designers new to the EU.
BY KEHRT REYHER
Easy Writer Behind every good design writer is an editor. Not so true of online critics.
BY RICK POYNOR
European Unions Pop-culture magazines in Europe band together for cutting-edge regional content.
BY CALEB NEELON
J.J. Sempé, cartoonist and satirist.
INTERVIEW BY STEVEN HELLER
Vol. 20/no. 5 An article in 1966 about a graphics exhibition in Denver signaled the thawing of the Cold War.
BY MARTIN FOX
Altitude: Contemporary Swiss Graphic Design, edited by Robert Klanten, Nicolas Bourquin, and Claudia Mareis
REVIEW BY JAMES GADDY
Jan Tschichold, Designer: The Penguin Years, by Richard B. Doubleday
REVIEW BY PAUL SHAW
The Pentagram Papers, by the Pentagram partners
REVIEW BY KYSS JEAN-MARY
Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: A Companion Guide to the Classic Cartoon Series, by Russell Merritt and J.B. Kaufman
REVIEW BY JOHN CANEMAKER
Naked Lunch British politicians, designers, and consumers grapple with over-packaging.
BY JEREMY LEHRER
Bill of Rights
BY ANDY SCOTT