10 March 2016

Roger Perry’s London letters

Roger Perry’s London letters

John L. Walters

A ‘replica reissue’ of The Writing on the Wall’, designed by Pearce Marchbank, delivers a gritty slab of mid-1970s graffiti
The Writing on the Wall (Plain Crisp Books) is a recent, Kickstarter-financed ‘replica reissue’ of a cult book from four decades ago, writes John L. Walters.

3 March 2016

Type Tuesday: Archive night with Paul Barnes

Type Tuesday: Archive night with Paul Barnes

Eye editors

See you at St Bride Library at 7pm sharp. Nadine Chahine, David Pearson & James Mosley (among many others) at the first Type Tuesday of 2016
The next Type Tuesday event will be an Archive Night with MC Paul Barnes and guests, another evening in Eye’s quarterly series of informal events about typography, graphic design and visual culture. For this occasion, we celebrate St Bride Library itself, and its amazing collection of materials from the rich history of printing and typography.

1 March 2016

Classic Collections – The Big Picture

Classic Collections – The Big Picture

Eye editors

Another bundle of back issues – 34, 43, 49 & 56 – featuring design in the public realm
‘The Big Picture’ is the handy, if somewhat arbitrary name we have given to a bunch Eye issues from the turn of the century and early noughties: nos. 34, 43, 49 and 56. All four issues were art directed by Nick Bell.

24 February 2016

The calm collector

The calm collector

John L. Walters

A new collection of Steve Hare’s writing demonstrates an erudite passion for the design and content of Penguin Books
The late Steve Hare (1950-2015) was one of those writers that every editor appreciates, writes John L. Walters.

11 February 2016

Classic Collections – Back to the 90s

Classic Collections – Back to the 90s

Eye editors

Surf back down the information superhighway to a time when the World Wide Web was thrillingly new – with Eye nos. 14, 16, 23 & 25
   Most early editions of Eye magazine are out of print. However a handful from the mid-to-late 1990s are still available from the Eye shop at ESco in Essex, and this bundle is an especially good bargain for magazine addicts.

7 February 2016

Picture an orphan

Picture an orphan

Clare Walters

What do Luke Skywalker and Oliver Twist have in common? Clare Walters reviews Drawing on Childhood at the Foundling Museum
Given the perennial struggle against war, famine, disease and poverty, it is not surprising that many myths and fairy tales feature orphans, foundlings and fostered or abandoned children – think of Romulus and Remus, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel, writes Clare Walters.

29 January 2016

Free spirit of Victorian photography

Free spirit of Victorian photography

Maggie Malone

Two London exhibitions show the pioneering work of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron
Two current exhibitions in London’s museum district celebrate the work of pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, writes Maggie Malone

26 January 2016

Books received #17

Books received #17

Eye editors

Logo Modernism, DixonBaxi, Cries of London, deValence and No Words Posters
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks.

21 January 2016

Gutter press

Gutter press

Nigel Ball

Nigel Ball on packaging graphics, ‘gutter share’ – and whether design blogs should be more sceptical about big brand news stories
As a design educator I need to keep on top of the latest developments, writes Nigel Ball, and a large aspect of this involves reading design blogs.

14 January 2016

Warning cries

Warning cries

Clare Walters

Paul Rennie casts new light on RoSPA’s safety posters. Review of Safety First by Clare Walters
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) employed many of the best designers of the twentieth century to make its safety posters.
 
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