Poynor is a British writer who has published an immense amount of writings on the subjects of design, graphic design, typography and visual culture. He has spent time working for Blueprint magazine, Eye magazine and the blog Design Observer. He has also taught at the London Royal College of Art and at the Jan van Eyck academy in Maastricht, Netherlands. His writings have been influential to designers all across the world and have impacted the way that design has evolved during the past 20+ years.
As a co-founder of Design Observer, along with Jessica Helfand, William Drenttel and Michael Beirut, he wrote many poignant articles between the years of 2003 and 2005. During a time period when the design community was just really beginning to utilized the internet as an asset for learning, collaboration and communication, Design Observer enjoyed a huge success as one of the largest resources of published articles online. It also proved to be an interactive discussion grounds that was often alive with heated arguments about graphic design.
He has published several monographs of famous British artists and designers, including Herbert Spencer. He has also written several books that document and analyze movements in design such as No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism and Typography Now. He has also published three collections of the essays that he has written during his career. While he has never been a practicing graphic designer, the reaches of the influence of his writings are wider than most of the biggest names in design.