UK, guest of 1st BSVC & IDE (2003) One of the world’s most renowned critics and authors in the field of graphic design. In his writing he covers interdisciplinary combinations of design, architecture, the media and music.
He studied art history at the University of Manchester (1975-77) and pursued postgraduate studies in design history at London’s Royal College of Art (1993-98). In 1990 he founded Eye, an international graphic design magazine, and was its editor until 1997.
Poynor was the editor of periodicals, Designer’s Journal (1986-87) and Blueprint (1988-91), and a columnist for periodicals, Graphis (1998-99) and Print (2000). He also contributes to the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, I. D., Blueprint and Eye as a guest editor. He sits on the editorial board of the journal, Design Issues, and has also contributed articles on design and the visual arts to Affiche, Adbusters, Frieze, Émigré, Idea, 2wice, Metropolis and other periodicals. As editor he collaborated on many monographs, anthologies and exhibition catalogues.
Between 1994 and 1999 Poynor was visiting professor at the School of Communications of the Royal College of Art in London. Since 1998 he has been giving lectures at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie of Maastricht and is a regular lecturer at conferences and symposia as well as a member of several juries.
Rick Poynor has written many book, some of which are ‘More Dark Than Shark’ (1986), ‘Nigel Coates, the City in Motion’ (1989), ‘Typography Now: The Next Wave’ (1991), ‘The Graphic Edge’ (1993), ‘Typography Now Two: Implosion’ (1996), ‘Design Without Boundaries’ (1998), ‘Vaughan Oliver. Visceral Pleasures’ (2000), ‘Typographica’ (2001), ‘Obey the Giant’ (2001) and ‘No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism’ (2003).