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Magazine cover design – in pictures
From art nouveau and Vogue to Coca-Cola and punk, a wonderful new boxed collection reproduces 500 graphic design images that helped shape our visual culture. Here are some of our favourite magazine covers
Photograph: The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

    Magazine cover design – in pictures

    From art nouveau and Vogue to Coca-Cola and punk, a wonderful new boxed collection reproduces 500 graphic design images that helped shape our visual culture. Here are some of our favourite magazine covers

    Photograph: The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

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Why BMW’s art cars need a new set of wheels
For the London 2012 festival, the full BMW art car collection is going on display. But this old banger of an idea needs younger, less well-known artists to drive it into the 21st century argues Jonathan Jones

    Why BMW’s art cars need a new set of wheels

    For the London 2012 festival, the full BMW art car collection is going on display. But this old banger of an idea needs younger, less well-known artists to drive it into the 21st century argues Jonathan Jones

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Mao’s way: Chinese propaganda posters – in pictures
Move the Mountain is an exhibition of original Chinese propaganda posters from 1969-1979. Flick through our gallery.
The communist posters depict scenes ranging from young Chinese people holding up copies of Mao’s Little Red Book to soldiers fighting cartoonish capitalist monsters. This is the first time these works have been exhibited in the UK. At Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester from 9 March to 7 April 2012.

    Mao’s way: Chinese propaganda posters – in pictures

    Move the Mountain is an exhibition of original Chinese propaganda posters from 1969-1979. Flick through our gallery.

    The communist posters depict scenes ranging from young Chinese people holding up copies of Mao’s Little Red Book to soldiers fighting cartoonish capitalist monsters. This is the first time these works have been exhibited in the UK. At Richard Goodall Gallery in Manchester from 9 March to 7 April 2012.

  4. The Routemaster’s triumphant return to London

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    Justin McGuirk hops on board for a first look at Thomas Heatherwick’s state-of-the-art redesign of the classic bus.

    'The demonstrative return of good design to the capital' ... Thomas Heatherwick's new Routemaster. Photograph: TfL

    The concept designer of the new bus is Thomas Heatherwick, working closely with Wrightbus, its manufacturer. When he appeared on the scene in the late 1990s he was instantly cast as a British engineering genius, the creator of weird, wonderful structures such as the UK pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

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