Sam Winston

Sam WinstonMemory Palace by Sam Winston Words by Elizabeth Pollard

I was first introduced to Sam Winston’s work when I was 16 or 17 when my graphic design tutor arranged for a visit to his studio and I have avidly followed his work ever since.

Like the publisher Visual Editions, Winston challenges how we communicated the written language and information design by deconstructing texts and presenting them back in a different way, often allowing you to understand the concept of a narrative visually or questioning the pre-conception of the information.

His ideas are complex and painstakingly detailed. Whether it’s cutting out and rearranging every word in Romeo and Juliet or meticulously folding twenty-six Oxford Dictionaries, it’s the processes that makes Winston’s work articulate and challenging.
Winston’s latest commission is for the V&A’s new exhibition ‘Memory Palace’: “Based on a specifically written text by the author Hari Kunzru – multiple artists, illustrators and designers each worked on illustrating a section of his writing.” His interpretation of the text is wonderfully conceptual but, as always, still beautifully illustrative that you can take whatever depth you want from it. To see and read more about Sam’s work go to

Sam Winston2Memory Palace
Sam Winston3Dictionary Story

Sam Winston4Dictionary Story

Sam Winston5Romeo and Juliet

Sam Winston6Folded Dictionary
Sam Winston7A commission for The New York Times Magazine
Sam Winston8A commission for The New Yorker

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