Author Archives: Justin Sullivan

Stewart Smith’s Quiet Critiques

For Stewart Smith, defining what he does may be the hardest part of his job. He once told an interviewer that he “navigates between art, code, and design,” but speaking from his home in London, he admits, “I think that’s just me putting a label on things that I want to do anyway.” Smith,...

One Perfect Thing

  Before Harry Beck, the London Underground map was an earnest mess. Faithfully beholden to geographical accuracy, its early versions were a tangle of rail lines criss-crossing the city center like fighting snakes. But Beck, who worked for the Underground as an electrical draftsman, was accustomed to turning complex pathways into crisp forms. He...