22 November 2013

The power of type

The power of type

Sarah Snaith

Unit Editions’ book Type Only documents graphic design – from the late 1990s to the present – that primarily uses typography to illustrate and communicate ideas, writes Sarah Snaith.

18 November 2013

Design city in a hurry

Design city in a hurry

Steve Rigley

Singapore’s graphic design story matches the city-state’s dramatic narrative, but this breathless overview leaves little time for reflection
In the introduction to Independence: The History of Graphic Design in Singpore since the 1990s, author Justin Zhuang quotes Deyan Sudjic, ‘design is the language that a society uses to create objects that reflect its purposes and values’, writes Steve Rigley.

12 November 2013

Insanely integrated, day one

Insanely integrated, day one

John L. Walters

Despite its vague theme of ‘The fluidity in-between …’, the Integrated2013 conference in Antwerp was sharp and entertaining
The biannual Integrated conference organised by Hugo Puttaert, can seem bewilderingly complex at first glance, writes John L. Walters.

8 November 2013

Sweet scrawl of success

Sweet scrawl of success

Meredith Thomas

The authors of Making Great Illustration follow up with some career advice for illustrators
Becoming a Successful Illustrator aims to show students and recent graduates how to forge an illustration career through six colourful and well organised chapters, writes Meredith Thomas.

1 November 2013

Books received #4

Books received #4

Eye editors

Biografiktion, Graffiti School, Travellers’ children, Tretchikoff, Soho divas and Xerography
Biografiktion (Nobrow Press, £18.99, $29.00) is a book of fictional stories about celebrities, set in comic book format.

30 October 2013

The gospel of Dave

The gospel of Dave

John L. Walters

Graphic Renaissance man Dave McKean sings two of his Nine Lives and launches Sandman Overture at Foyles’ 3rd floor gallery
Dave McKean is a prolific illustrator, film director, animator, designer and self-publisher – the bearded Renaissance man of British comic art, writes John L. Walters.

29 October 2013

Tear and share

Tear and share

Meredith Thomas

From Anthony Burrill and Apfel – a book of posters you can pull out and put on your wall
If you have ever wanted to stick one of Anthony Burrill’s prints on your wall, a new book offers many of his ‘greatest hits’ in one volume, printed on heavy paper and perforated for easy removal, writes Meredith Thomas.

23 October 2013

Whodunnit?

Whodunnit?

John L. Walters

Last few days to catch the exhibition ‘Romek Marber: Graphics’ at the Minories in Colchester.
If you live within a few hours of Colchester in Essex, I strongly recommend a visit to the ‘Romek Marber: Graphics’ exhibition, which runs until Saturday 26 October 2013, writes John L. Walters.

21 October 2013

James Sillavan: 1950-2013

James Sillavan: 1950-2013

Stephen Coates

James Sillavan, aka JAS, was a prolific cartoonist whose wry drawings were a familiar feature of many UK newspapers and magazines. Stephen Coates pays tribute.
The work of James Sillavan, who has died of a heart attack aged 63, is more familiar to readers of national newspapers than most will realise. His illustration work, signed latterly as ‘JAS’, has regularly appeared in the British national press for more than 25 years, writes Stephen Coates.

18 October 2013

Noted #55

Noted #55

Eye editors

Japanese shunga, a typographic video game, Printed Pages, The Golden Thread, Karlssonwilker and Soviet board games
Here are a few links to games, magazines, blogs, books, workshops and exhibitions that piqued our interest this week.
 
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