26 May 2010

Typeface, the movie

Typeface, the movie

sally jeffery

New designers test old methods at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum
Typeface, screened last week at the London College of Communication, is billed by its makers as documenting a convergence of modern design and traditional technique, writes Sally Jeffery.

25 May 2010

Thunderer comes out fighting

Thunderer comes out fighting

simon esterson

Will thetimes.co.uk change our view of what an online newspaper looks like?
The new Times website, thetimes.co.uk launched this morning, writes Simon Esterson. There’s a month to sample it on free trial before it goes behind a £2 per week paywall.

24 May 2010

At the mercy of the Twitter critics

At the mercy of the Twitter critics

robin richmond

Robin Richmond is left wondering what defines value at TYPO Berlin
TYPO Berlin 2010 is Europe’s largest design conference, writes Robin Richmond, with 1500 delegates from eleven countries attending. Proceedings begin a little after 2pm on Thursday, when Erik Spiekermann (below) steps in for the original keynote speaker, Peter Kruse (unable to attend because of illness).

22 May 2010

DIY design

DIY design

rob banham

The 9th annual St Bride Library conference, 27-28 May 2010
A lot of design that’s interesting, different – worth talking about – has an element of DIY, writes Rob Banham. Most obviously when designers become makers and take control of production, but also through self-initiated projects, by breaking away from the styles and conventions of the time, and occasionally even when design is done by people without any formal training.

19 May 2010

Graphics and the uncanny

Graphics and the uncanny

john ridpath, the events department

Rick Poynor revisits the surreal for a show at the Brno Biennial 2010
‘Let us not mince words: the marvellous is always beautiful, anything marvellous is beautiful, in fact only the marvellous is beautiful’ (André Breton, Surrealist Manifesto). At this year’s Brno Biennial, Rick Poynor will be guest curating an exhibition of beautiful, marvellous artwork entitled ‘The Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design’.

18 May 2010

Five from the Eye Archive: Japan

Five from the Eye Archive: Japan

john ridpath, the back issue department

Cute Culture, Motomichi Nakamura, Phonetic Characters, eye tests and JPG
Here, by popular request, are links to five articles, ‘fresh from the Eye archive’ with Japanese associations.

17 May 2010

Visualising prose in all its complexity

Visualising prose in all its complexity

ralph cowling

Each of Stefanie Posavec’s pictures is truly worth a thousand words
By day Stefanie Posavec works as a book sleeve designer for Penguin Books. At night she judges books more deeply than by cover alone, writes Ralph Cowling.

14 May 2010

Paper chase

Paper chase

simon esterson

Last chance to submit your work for Fedrigoni Top Applications Award
If you have produced any work in the last year on Fedrigoni papers there’s only a week or so left to submit your project to the company’s ‘Top Applications Award’ 2010, writes Simon Esterson.

13 May 2010

Say the Word

Say the Word

john l. walters

‘Provocations’ prompt Camberwell students to think about type
Yesterday I spent some time at the Wilson Road annexe of University of the Arts London, Camberwell for the ‘Key Ideas’ discussion forum Word, organised in co-operation between Eye magazine and the college, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.

11 May 2010

Revalue the dollar

Revalue the dollar

the picture department

How art director Herb Lubalin got his illustrator friends to make money
The third issue of Avant-Garde, May 1968, ran an attention-grabbing feature entitled ‘Revaluation of the Dollar: 19 Artists Design a New One-Dollar Bill.’
 
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