8 August 2008

Pushing the envelope

Pushing the envelope

simon esterson

Great British design, deliveredin a plain brown wrapper
Great British Editorial (Barcelona: Index Book, €40), writes Simon Esterson, is a simple idea carried off with confidence: ask lots of studios to send in work, photograph the envelopes it comes in to make the opening spread of each section, and then place the projects as simply as possible on the pages . . . all 648 of them.

7 August 2008

Propaganda on cheap paper

Propaganda on cheap paper

steven heller

In Eye no. 67, Steven Heller reviewed Paper Tigers (Chronicle) the Cushing and Tompkins book about Chinese posters from 1966-76, the period known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. You can read his review here, and see below for some images we didn’t have room to show in the published issue.

5 August 2008

A raid on sacred cows

A raid on sacred cows

mary ann bolger

The Táin demonstrates how design can contribute to a nation’s sense of itself
Graphic design heroes might be, as Martha Scotford noted, Western white men, but they’re a particular kind of Western, white, man: there are few Finns, Greeks or Irish in the canon. As a 1992 article in Graphis asked: ‘Where are the Paul O’Rands, the Milton McGlasers?’

4 August 2008

Not fade away

Not fade away

graphic design history, kenneth fitzgerald, mit, posters

Jacqueline Casey: the foremost US practitioner of the International Style
By selecting Jacqueline Casey as her most underappreciated graphic designer in Eye’s ‘Beyond the canon’ issue (‘Woman at the edge of technology’), Elizabeth Resnick gave a shout-out to my own candidate, writes Kenneth FitzGerald.

2 August 2008

Good at needlework?

Good at needlework?

the research department

Stock seeks your views on the meaning of success for women designers
Jennifer Campbell-Colquhoun and Selina Swayne want to know what you think about graphic design and designers. Their project Stock aims ‘to take a snapshot

31 July 2008

Feel like a beer?

Feel like a beer?

cherriss firbank

Royal College graduates take to the bottles – 27m of them
Artists are often reluctant to be labelled, except perhaps when it comes to seeing their work on a beer label.

30 July 2008

Commercial modernism

Commercial modernism

steven heller

Teague’s modernistic gem gave Kodak a distinct visual personality
The Summer 2008 issue of Eye, no. 68, goes ‘Beyond the canon’ to question and to enlarge the accepted pantheon of graphic design history; here Steven Heller reminds us of a forgotten ‘modernistic gem’.

30 July 2008

Blinded by the light

Blinded by the light

david thompson

When I asked a member of Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery staff where I’d find the Advanced Beauty exhibition of digital video art, he politely confessed to having no idea what I was talking about, writes David Thompson.

29 July 2008

Googling the canon

Googling the canon

martha scotford

For this special issue of Eye, we put 93 designers into the search engine
Nearly two decades ago, historian Martha Scotford analysed five key books (including Meggs’ History) to discover what the canon of graphic design history might be.

28 July 2008

Don’t blame the Zippos

Don’t blame the Zippos

david barringer

During the 1965-73 Vietnam war, writes David Barringer, American soldiers etched slogans and images on to the metal of the Zippo lighters they carried with them, and which, notoriously, were on occasion used to set huts on fire.
 
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