Rick Poynor


Should Designers Plunder the Past?

In the Spring 2015 issue of Print, Rick Poynor tackles the timeless question of whether the past is better left alone in graphic design.


Observer: In a Critical Condition

In this Observer column from Print's International Design Issue, Rick Poynor discusses the term critical graphic design and explains what it means for designers today.


09/18/2014: Godard movie posters

Earlier this week, regular Print contributor Rick Poynor highlighted (in Design Observer) an exhibit at London’s Kemistry Gallery of Hans Hillmann’s movie posters. While the German designer might be relatively unknown, his influence is very evident, and Poynor puts an emphasis on his collaboration with director Jean-Luc Godard.The collaboration starts in the mid-60s and...


Observer: The Well-Read Designer

Deciding which books will fuel your artistic fire is tough. And creating a must-read list for the Designers & Books website is no easy feat either. Read this Observer column to find out how Rick Poynor went about creating his.


Observer: Pinning Down Pinterest

Rick Poynor explores why Pinterest—despite early criticism—has found its place in design as a respected archive of visual finds.


Oh, Behave: The Observer Column

Rick Poynor on sexual representation and "Secret Behavior" magazine, created by collage artist James Gallagher. Originally published in the Observer column of the February 2014 issue of Print Magazine.


Designers & Books Founder on the Best Book Lists

In this interview with Designer & Books founder and editor-in-chief, Steve Kroeter, he expands upon Rick Poynor's "Observer" column in the April issue of Print. Kroeter explains the origins of the site, managing designer's book lists and some designers and lists that have made an impression.


Image of the Day, 09/18/2013: Modern poster design

Print contributor Rick Poynor offers a comprehensive guide to modern poster design that includes a look at the work of French design team Helmo’s work with Pronomade(s) en Haute-Garonne and the new approach the team took with the art center’s exhibit posters in 2012 (as shown below). Read the entire guide here. Via Creative...


The Year the How Design Conference Got “Ugly”

The year was 1993 and using a computer for graphic design was, well, uncommon. See what Carlos Segura had to say about his digital design of the HOW Design Conference brochure that gave the design industry something big to talk about.


Image of the Day, May 15, 2013

Today on Design Observer, Rick Poynor discusses the early conceptual work of Croatian designer Boris Bućan, including this silkscreen poster, titled Imaginary Museum 3.