Activism consists of intentional action, often protest or dissent, to bring about social, political, economic, or environmental change.

Third in the heavily subsidised series ‘Graphic design in the Netherlands’, Jan van Toorn, Critical Practice takes on the difficult task of exploring and striving to elucidate the work of Jan van Toorn (JvT), a designer who is not always clear about his intentions, who makes frequent use of inexplicable images and text, and whose work is often described with concepts such as ‘alienation’, ‘incomprehensibility’, ‘defamiliarisation’, ‘digressions’ and ‘intrusion’.
Reviews · 16 July 2008 · English · 896 words
A Korean translation of Stefan Sagmeister’s lecture about the state of contemporary design, ethics, advertising and aesthetics.
Essays · 15 September 2006 · Korean · 514 words
Graphic designer Willem Sandberg became the director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum in 1945. From that time until 1962 he designed almost all the printed matter for the Stedelijk and transformed the museum, introducing new ideas into the stuffy world of museums of that time.
Reviews · 11 May 2005 · English · 1094 words
Stefan Sagmeister talks about the state of current design, ethics, advertising and aesthetics.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 2298 words
Steven Heller discusses the history and current state of guerrilla, activist and political design from posters to attached image files.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 2857 words
An enjoyably nebulous set of Rick Poynor’s thoughts about the current condition of criticism and the value of oppositional tactics in design and writing.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 5543 words
The optimistic theory is put forth that institutions of power have been democratized by the “empowering effects of the media” and that real change can be effected by graphic designers who use their work to engage the public in meaningful dialogue.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 2607 words
An interesting analysis of the history, politics and context of graphic images which are composed of crowds of people: people as pixels!
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 2076 words
A refreshingly positive response to (and call for?) more, and more thoughtful culture and design publications in a time when the phrase “who needs another design mag?” is common. Max Bruinsma also briefly details the evolution of Dutch and other non-mainstream/design publications.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 2284 words
Walter Benjamin’s ideas are explored (amongst other early 20th century avant-garde artists) in relation to the recent discussions around expanding the designer’s role from that of problem solver to one of author—and producer.
Essays · 29 November 2004 · English · 1404 words