31 October 2014

Cut and crafted

Cut and crafted

Lisa Hassell

In recent years there has been a shift in the world of design towards the more handmade physical form, as a growing number of designers and illustrators turn their back on digital methods to take part in a new wave of tactile image-making and design, writes Lisa Hassell.

27 October 2014

Five strategies tabled in Eindhoven

Five strategies tabled in Eindhoven

Van Abbemuseum throws new light on Jan van Toorn’s critical design practice
Homage exhibitions are inherently celebratory, writes Francisco Laranjo. However ‘Staging the Message: The Open Work of Jan van Toorn’, now at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands until 18 Jan 2015, offers a critical challenge to that tradition.

14 October 2014

Storytelling on a shoestring

Storytelling on a shoestring

Clare Walters

If you have ever enjoyed making things from bits of string and wire, pipe cleaners and fabric, cotton reels and ping-pong balls, this book will surely appeal, writes Clare Walters.

3 October 2014

Indie mag renaissance

Indie mag renaissance

Joseph Bisat Marshall

Magazine geeks gather at the second annual Modern Magazine conference in London
The second Modern Magazine conference organised by magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie was an enthusiastic celebration of the power of editorial design. The focus was on the relationship between print and digital, and on the differences between independent publishing and the mainstream, writes Joseph Bisat Marshall.

1 October 2014

Books received #10

Books received #10

Eye editors

Make Your Own Luck, Grafica Della Strada, classic Volkswagen ads, Kazimir Malevich, Ark and Ends Meet, Essays on Exchange
Here are a few books that have come into Eye’s Shoreditch office that caught our attention.

22 September 2014

Futurist at the front

Futurist at the front

Clare Walters

A new exhibition shows how C. R. W. Nevinson brought an avant-garde eye to the grim truth of war
As Europe marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, a new exhibition of C. R. W. Nevinson’s prints is a bleak reminder of those dark days, writes Clare Walters.

20 September 2014

Village people

Village people

Catherine Dixon

Ditchling’s elegantly revamped museum places Eric Gill in the everyday context of extraordinary craftspeople
The small Sussex village of Ditchling, near the South Coast of England, was in 1907 already something of a haven for a growing arts and crafts community when Eric Gill moved there with his expanding family, writes Catherine Dixon.

18 September 2014

AK and A23D on press

AK and A23D on press

John L. Walters

Two 21st-century letterpress projects breathe new life into this arcane, antiquated but much-loved method of mark-making
The LDF’s opening graphic weekend featured plenty of stimulating events and fascinating displays, with workshops, movies (Lost Highway), demonstrations, talks (Paula Scher, Irma Boom), David David’s Carousel Wall in the tunnel entrance, and Barber & Osgerby’s vertiginous Double Space – huge rotating mirrors – in the Raphael Gallery, writes John L Walters.

13 September 2014

Noted #63

Noted #63

Eye editors

Talking statues, Random Spectacular, design trivia, Hat Monkey and Mediteranneo
Here are a few things that recently caught our attention.

5 September 2014

In and out of registration

In and out of registration

Anna Kealey

Be very afraid … a Deptford primary school houses a design summer camp for grown-ups with a difference
Back to school came early for the 50+ workshop attendees who ventured to a disused primary school in Deptford, South London, in August for the first-ever Registration Summer School, writes Anna Kealey.
 
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