image for Exhibition item typeGraphic Design Monography and Critical Practice at Sheffield Hallam University

Exhibition, free entry



0114 225 5555


City Campus,
Howard Street,
S1 1WB


The graphic design monograph has been a central part of the history and evolution of the subject. This show focuses on one recent publication by the writer Rick Poynor and designer Simon Davies on the work of the Dutch designer Jan van Toorn; 'Critical Practice'. The gallery will scale and hang each page of the book alongside sketches and early designs.

"There are not many designers who openly question the clients' briefs, challenge and confound expectations, and moreover manage to infiltrate their work with a personal and political agenda in the manner of Jan van Toorn. This book is not only a commendable contribution to design history but a rare example of a graphic design monograph that celebrates forms and comprehensively presents a body of work that is deeply engaged in issues of social consciousness." Peter Bilak in Eye #68

The aim of this exhibition is to open up questions about the uses of the monograph in graphic design. Who chooses which monographs are published and why? Whose interests do they serve? Who funds them? Who designs them and why? Are they a good vehicle for critical analysis? Will the printed monograph be eclipsed by the web?

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Opening details

Exhibition on from the 10th March until the 22nd March.
Daily - 10m - 4pm
Weds - 10am - -8pm


Free entry


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  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
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