12 November 2008

St Bride Letterpress Day

St Bride Letterpress Day

simon esterson

The twenty-six soldiers of lead are on the march
There were pictures of proofing presses in studios, giant Wharfdales in barns, Heidelberg cylinders in converted railway arches and lots of type (as above), writes Simon Esterson. St Bride’s celebration of letterpress in London on 7 November was as much about an enthusiasm for the physical technology as a passion for typography.

11 November 2008

Type, tart cards, T-shirts and crosses

Type, tart cards, T-shirts and crosses

chris unitt

Plus International Design Exhibition in Birmingham
I'd not seen much promotion around the city for the ‘Plus International Design Exhibition’, in Birmingham, last week, writes Chris Unitt, but my worries about attendance were unfounded.

7 November 2008

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

chris vermaas

Memoir of a great Dutch booksellerby Chris Vermaas
Frank Nijhof was a neighbour, and one of my favourite booksellers. I lived around the corner of the very fine bookstore Nijhof & Lee that Frank started with his partner Warren: I knew the good man well. Frank got sick a year ago with a cancer that could not be cured: it was really bad. You know, you start to understand the value of a person when he or she is not around anymore.

5 November 2008

Giant Steps

Giant Steps

q&a

Michal Levy: Colour has the same effect it had when we were ‘cavemen’
Previously unpublished ‘beyond the canon’ Q&A with Michal Levy about design history. Levy, now resident in Philadelphia, US, comes from Tel Aviv, Israel.

4 November 2008

Just like our own dear Queen

Just like our own dear Queen

the picture department

‘White Obama’ poster conjures up the spirit of Colors on voting day
Coming into town on a damp Tuesday morning, it was cheering to see a graphic design splash on the front page of free newspaper Metro. Reminded us of our own dear Queen, as envisaged by Colors.

3 November 2008

Q&A with Adam + S

Q&A with Adam + S

q&a

We are like journalists, just visual.Our work looks like our client
More from summer’s ‘beyond the canon’ special issue. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Adam + Sébastien on the Eye site.

31 October 2008

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

archive

Lou Dorfsman’s mural for the CBS cafeteria, from Eye no. 20 vol. 5
Lou Dorfsman died last week at 90. The Web is full of tributes (old and recent) to the great CBS art director, including Steven Heller’s obit in the New York Times,  Michael Bierut’s ‘The Four Lessons of Lou Dorfsman’ on Design Observer and Jim Schachterle’s ‘The Wall that Lou Dorfsman Built’ on Speak Up.

31 October 2008

Quantum of Croydon

Quantum of Croydon

john l. walters

Living in a box between the flyover and the market
I’ve always been amused by scientific references in titles, writes John L. Walters (and as a former maths / physics student, I’ve used some myself), but it’s odd to see the word ‘Quantum’, whether it’s in a pop group, a TV show, the latest Bond, or Quantum Publishing (later ‘Business Media’), the now-defunct company that owned Eye (and employed me) for several years until 2005. Quantum - meaning: 'the smallest measurable difference’ - bought Eye magazine as part of a ‘lucky bag’ of magazines from Emap.

30 October 2008

Q&A with William Hall

Q&A with William Hall

q&a

New technologies haven’t changed the creative process
Another dialogue about the function of graphic design history. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with William Hall on the Eye site.

29 October 2008

Missing link

Missing link

esther cleven

The Netherlands begins to value its design history – with a new society
Though many Dutch designers are world famous, few Dutch design historians are, writes Esther Cleven. In itself, this is not surprising – writing history (apart from the political sort) is hardly the best way to get well known – but what is surprising is how few Dutch researchers and writers address the subject.
 
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