This article was originally published by Grafik in 2016, on the occasion of John Berger’s 90th birthday.

John Berger in Ways of Seeing, broadcast by the BBC in 1972.

John Berger has been hugely influential in the fields of art, literature, art history and criticism, but his approach to books as collaborative projects has also left an indelible mark in the world of graphic design. Especially some of his earlier works which integrated text and image in an influential and memorable way, with the roles of writer, designer, editor and photographer working closely together to create a more unified vision. Collaboration is one of the main words that always seems to come up in discussion of Berger’s varied, but always socially and politically engaged, body of work. The term…


Apologies for the lateness of this article, the days have melted into weeks, into well…a bit over three weeks I think. I’ve been busy trying to survive in a city that could swallow me whole (and probably has). Meanwhile the collective internet’s memories of this awful video, much like my own dreams of a luxury penthouse, are drifting away into the London fog…

The internet can in some ways be seen as a democratic virtual space, the rich do not browse a sleek and glossy premiumized web and conversely the rest of us do not have to put up with…


The year 1956 can be seen as the birth of British Pop Art, in the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition This is Tomorrow, and the birth of J.G Ballard, not the man himself, rather the Ballardian author. This is Tomorrow opened its doors for one month on August 9th, and received almost one thousand visitors a day. Among these visitors was the twenty six year old Ballard who would, four months later, have his first two science fiction stories published in the December issues of the magazines ‘New Worlds’ and ‘Science Fantasy’.


Abram Games lived a fascinating life and left behind an exceptional body of work across various disciplines of design, making the exhibition ‘Designing the 20th Century: Life and Work of Abram Games’ (Jewish Museum London, 8 September 2014–18 January 2015) a must see for anyone interested in graphic design. Seeing original prints of his best known work is an absolute joy, while the biographical and personal information really adds depth. …

Theo Inglis

Manchester-based Graphic Designer & Writer. Author of Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design (Batsford, 2019).

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