16 June 2017

Brief encounters and the pleasures of ambiguity

Brief encounters and the pleasures of ambiguity

John L. Walters

Design, illustration, animation and anecdotes at Here London 2017
Here London, It’s Nice That’s annual conference, has become an established fixture on the design calendar, with speakers from a range of ‘creative’ disciplines showing their work, entertaining an audience of professionals and students with anecdotes, videos and slide shows of career highlights writes John L. Walters.

7 June 2017

(Typographic) Noted #82

(Typographic) Noted #82

Eye editors

Emigre specimens, Sunday Clarendon, Sinem Erkas, drawing type, from sketch to screen and Fontsmith’s TypeNotes
Here are a few type and lettering things – books, magazines, alphabets – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

1 June 2017

Porto’s studio culture

Porto’s studio culture

John L. Walters

This year’s European Design Awards ceremony was held in the city of Porto, which is about to launch an international design biennale
Last weekend, designers from all over Europe converged on Porto for the European Design Awards (EDA) ceremony. The EDA has been running for the past decade, and now attracts entries from 34 countries, writes John L. Walters.

30 May 2017

Friendships and glue

Friendships and glue

John L. Walters

A book of scrapbook pages gives new insights into the world of illustrator Edward Bawden
Designer-illustrator Edward Bawden is remembered for a prolific career that embraced posters, book covers, illustrations, murals and set design, writes John L. Walters.

24 May 2017

Books received #26

Books received #26

Eye editors

Frieze, Developing Citizen Designers, Classic Penguin, 2Create and Our World to Change!
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks.

15 May 2017

A sunnier classroom

A sunnier classroom

Andrew Howard

When the world is in flux, book design offers ‘a refuge of certainty’. Andrew Howard explains why he founded the Porto Design Summer School
There is a particularity about the education system which we take as given – that students, from infant school to university, are grouped together according to their age and experience, writes Andrew Howard.

6 May 2017

Characters in search of an emoji

Characters in search of an emoji

Katie Baggs

Can emojis help people with serious difficulties in communication and self-expression? Katie Baggs is on a mission to find the ‘emoji gaps’
For Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday on 7 March 2017, themed ‘Fists, fleurons & emojis’, I joined designers Alan Kitching, Gavin Lucas and Rian Hughes plus Emojipedia’s Jeremy Burge to chair a panel discussion on non-alphanumeric characters, writes Katie Baggs.

28 April 2017

Noted #81

Noted #81

Eye editors

De Worde, Span, Cashcow Oblique, Bad Decisions and Oz magazine
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

19 April 2017

Winding up with Mills and Beckett

Winding up with Mills and Beckett

John O’Reilly, Russell Mills

John O’Reilly reflects on Samuel Beckett’s Murphy and Russell Mills’s artwork for Picador’s Beckett series published in the late 1970s and early 80s
‘The sun shone having no alternative on the nothing new.’ That was Dublin in 1983 and we laughed appreciatively with the grim humour of Beckett’s opening line in Murphy, writes John O’Reilly.

10 April 2017

Bubbles black as ink

Bubbles black as ink

Barrie Tullett

For the past 28 years, Barrie Tullett has been making a typographic Dante, a project to illustrate all 100 Cantos of the Divine Comedy with letterpress, typewriters and Letraset. He is still in Purgatory … and on show in Dublin.
Appropriately enough, my love affair with typography began with a Lonely Hearts Ad, writes Barrie Tullett.
 
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