26 November 2009

Ms C’s sketchbook

Ms C’s sketchbook

the picture department

Margaret Calvert pays tribute to typographer Phyllis Pearsall
Mrs P’s Journey by Margaret Calvert is an A2, seven-colour screen-print, available from the Design Museum Shop in an edition of 100. All proceeds go towards the Design Museum exhibitions and education programme.

25 November 2009

Illustrators we like

Illustrators we like

things we like

Tom Gauld’s Guardian panels on type and technology, poetry and words
We’re great admirers of Tom Gauld’s funny illustrations for the letters page in the Guardian’s Saturday Review. Here are a few examples, courtesy of Tom’s Flickr page.

24 November 2009

Designing for Dieter Rams

Designing for Dieter Rams

bibliothèque, mason wells

Bibliothèque on the graphic roots of product design
There are important designers and then there are the really important designers, writes Mason Wells of Bibliothèque. Dieter Rams is definitely one of the latter.

23 November 2009

Off the wall

Off the wall

Manga comes to life at the British Museum’s Room 3
Room 3, a modest space just to the right of the front entrance to the British Museum, houses rotating ‘Object In Focus’ exhibitions that spotlight a specific object or set of objects in the collection, writes Jane Cheng.

20 November 2009

‘O’ is for objects

‘O’ is for objects

The obsessive, oddly ordered world of Mr Edwards’ Crap Book
This week Mr Edwards delivers some colourful stocking fillers, but watch out for the booby prizes.

19 November 2009

Fine words for Kitching / Stothard

Fine words for Kitching / Stothard

john l. walters

Breathing life into the dying embers of letterpress … to light graphic fireworks
The great thing about spoken tributes, when they’re done well, is that they give the speakers a chance to say nice things they would never say face to face, writes John L. Walters.

18 November 2009

Bigger is better

Bigger is better

sara martin

Paula Scher relates ‘A series of strange circumstances’ for her D&AD talk
Paula Scher started her talk in London last week with examples of her work from her first job at CBS records, where she had to design more than a hundred LP covers a year, writes Sara Martin.

17 November 2009

Secret identity

Secret identity

camilla grey

The anonymous, edited future of noughties social networking
I recently received a Facebook friend invite from a user name I did not recognise, writes Camilla Grey. Fortunately, the invite was followed by a message announcing that the unfamiliar identity had been assumed by a friend of mine.

16 November 2009

Spraying over the cracks

Spraying over the cracks

daoud sarhandi

Forget new policies – the Mayor of Mexico City wants to respray the taxis
Film director Roman Polanski once wrote that he visualises cities as colours: London, he observed, is red. To which, writes Daoud Sarhandi, I would add ‘and black’. Once upon a time these colours were ubiquitous – before the city’s telephone boxes, letterboxes and buses had facelifts.

13 November 2009

‘N’ is for I ♥ NHS

‘N’ is for I ♥ NHS

Feel the healing power of Mr Edwards’ Crap Book
Mr Edwards administers his Friday medicine.
 
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