20 February 2009

In passing: Obit

In passing: Obit

rick poynor

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye site and blog
This American blog-mag reminds us that obituaries are about lives lived. At a certain point in your life, you find yourself drawn to obituaries, writes Rick Poynor. Your own departure, once so far away and impossible seeming, is now a racing certainty. You are more than half way through and people who were middle-aged when you were young – actors, politicians, TV personalities – are showing up in the obituary pages with sobering regularity.

16 February 2009

Video game obsession

Video game obsession

aporva baxi

Aporva Baxi’s expanding collection of Nintendo’s Game & Watch
Remember these? A lot of people that I know seem to have had one, or remember being envious of a school kid who had one, writes Aporva Baxi. Typically, it would be Donkey Kong or Mario Bros. (the most popular). Made by Nintendo, the video-game company currently best known for the Wii and DS

14 February 2009

Who’s writing this script?

Who’s writing this script?

the post room

Valentine’s Day is a field day for Marian Bantjes
Design magazines don’t receive Valentine’s Day cards as a rule. Sure, we get plenty of Christmas cards. And even more New Year’s cards and fancy calendars, from all those design studios who didn’t quite hit their Christmas deadline. But 14 February always seemed too . . . arbitrary, too commercialised and/or too personal. Until Marian Bantjes came along.

10 February 2009

The Form of the Book 2

The Form of the Book 2

andy polaine

‘Nothing. Yet everything’ – Kenya Hara’s Designing Design
My desk resembles an over-developed resort on the Costa del Sol, writes Andy Polaine. Towers of design books vie for attention, some flashy, others already out of fashion, most of them desperately self-conscious.

9 February 2009

Advertisers in the dock. Again

Advertisers in the dock. Again

robert hanks

Advertising is infantile, so banning ads aimed at under-12s will never work
The Children’s Society published the results of its Good Childhood Inquiry last week – its findings being, in summary, that the modern child is a miserable, godforsaken little tyke, mainly because of a materialistic adult culture, writes Robert Hanks.

6 February 2009

Modernism 2.0

Modernism 2.0

limited language

Meaning is back in fashion, courtesy of M/M (Paris)
If you’ve ever been troubled by what they call a ‘postmodern moment’ – disorientated, disconnected and detached – worry no more, write Monika Parrinder + Colin Davies. Postmodernism is over, according to Nicholas Bourriaud the French writer and curator behind the current Tate Triennial 2009.

5 February 2009

The scariest taboo?

The scariest taboo?

books received

Sagmeister’s credit list questions designers’ reluctance to discuss fees
Abrams is about to republish Stefan Sagmeister’s Made You Look, first published in 2001 by Booth-Clibborn Editions, and reviewed in ‘Another self-indulgent design monograph’ (Eye no. 41 vol. 11). The book is exactly as it was, with perhaps a little more silvery finesse for the fore-edge (see foot of blog), and an overly dark shade of red for the transparent slipcase.

3 February 2009

Teach them to network or be damned

Teach them to network or be damned

deborah littlejohn

Deborah Littlejohn's Agenda from Eye 70 focuses on design education
In ‘I have nothing to declare but my networking skills’ (Eye no.70 vol. 18), Deborah Littlejohn argues that ‘creative genius’ is so last millennium. What design students want – and need – is skill in collaborative online technology.

30 January 2009

The Form of the Book 1

The Form of the Book 1

catherine dixon

Time to consider a more holistic approach to publishing design?
To celebrate today’s ‘The Form of the Book’ conference at St Bride Library (above), Catherine Dixon introduces a new thread to the Eye blog. In future weeks, we will be inviting designers and design writers to select their favourite book designs (not just the covers) of the past year, and to explain their selection.

29 January 2009

Art bollocks is everywhere you look

Art bollocks is everywhere you look

david thompson

Woolly ‘artspeak’ is nothing new, but who will stem the flow?
Rummage through a few critiques, blogs and press releases about contemporary art, and you see the same rhetorical tics and patterns, writes David Thompson. The word ‘strategies’ crops up a lot, along with ‘tackle’ and ‘interrogate’, often with an air of non-specific contradiction. It’s remarkable just how many art projects manage to do one vague, abstracted thing and – simultaneously – its equally vague, abstracted opposite. Works ‘hover’ between something and something else, while ‘exploring’ issues of pressing social import. Cryptic yet confident assertions seem obligatory.
 
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