11 July 2009

Trillion-dollar brainwave

Trillion-dollar brainwave

the video department

Video clip about the SA campaign for the Zimbabwean newspaper
Here’s a short video item about the Zimbabwean’s multi-trillion dollar campaign. See Sean O’Toole’s article ‘Money’s worth less than paper’, also on the Eye blog.

10 July 2009

Eyes and ears

Eyes and ears

john l. walters

John L. Walters’ BBC feature about jazzdesign, on the iPlayer until 13 July
Earlier this week, I had the chance to live out my boyhood fantasy of being a late-night jazz DJ, writes John L. Walters. Well, I was actually commissioned to write and present a short (16') feature about the relationship between jazz and graphic design. (So it wasn’t exactly Clint Eastwood in Play Misty For Me, or ‘Lester the Nightfly’.)

9 July 2009

Money’s worth less than paper

Money’s worth less than paper

sean o'toole, sean o’toole

TBWAHuntLascaris finds a use for Zimbabwe’s useless trillions
The ongoing and all-encompassing crisis in Zimbabwe, the ailing Southern African state presided over by Robert Mugabe, a former schoolteacher turned liberation patriarch, is easily visualised, writes Sean O’Toole. Imagine an unending queue of noughts, a retinue of zeros that wrap line after line. Money that is cheaper than wallpaper.

7 July 2009

Photo realism

Photo realism

robert hanks

Penguin use Magnum archive stock to make reportage desirable
Publishers these days are all a-jitter at the prospect of a digital future, writes Robert Hanks, when people will download their books rather than buying old-fashioned paper. They’re probably overreacting – it will be hard for digital readers to compete with something as cheap, sturdy and easy to use as a paperback – but Penguin has been showing the right way to react to the supposed crisis: make the physical object much more desirable.

6 July 2009

7 July memorial in Hyde Park

7 July memorial in Hyde Park

the type department

Phil Baines’ lettering for columns that commemorate 52 lives lost in 2005
Late in September last year, Phil Baines was commissioned to contribute typography for the permanent memorial to the victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, which opens on the fourth anniversary of the attack.

6 July 2009

Perez Hilton meets Hogarth

Perez Hilton meets Hogarth

steve hare

Why Mother London chose political cartoons for its Schweppes ads
While writing ‘Drawn into conversation’, his article for Eye 72 about brands and illustration, Steve Hare talked to Mother London, the agency behind some highly visible advertising campaigns for Stella and Schweppes. In this interview, Mother’s Kyle Harman-Turner and Josh Engmann talk to Steve about the use of David Watkins’ political cartoons for Schweppes’ ‘Experience Matters’ campaign.

1 July 2009

Persepolis 2.0

Persepolis 2.0

roger sabin

Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel is detourned to chart new events in Iran
Appropriations and detournements are a time-honoured tradition in comics, writes Roger Sabin. The 1930s Tijuana Bibles took Popeye and put him in pornographic storylines, a 1970s underground comic made Beryl the Peril a symbol of abortion rights, and who could forget 1988’s Breaking Free, with Tintin as an anarchist agitator. Now comes Persepolis re-imagined as a comment on Iran’s post-election uprising, spreadpersepolis.com.

29 June 2009

Eye before you buy

Eye before you buy

Sample some words & images; type & illustration from the past two issues

25 June 2009

Save the panda, but keep a low profile

Save the panda, but keep a low profile

steve hare

‘WWF’s logo was part of the problem, so it had to be part of the solution, too’
Is illustration bringing something new to brand communications? For his Eye 72 feature ‘Drawn into conversation’, Steve Hare talked to Johnny Tan, executive creative director of BBH Shanghai, about Jianfeng Pan’s images for the ‘WWF Saves More Than Pandas’ campaign, and the state of the art in the Asia-Pacific region.

25 June 2009

(not so) Secret Blisters

(not so) Secret Blisters

the picture department

Screenprints on show and on sale for one night only
‘Secret Blisters’ takes place on Friday 26 June – it’s a Print Club London event that features screenprints by designer-illustrators such as Si Scott, Paula Castro, Kate Moross, Anthony Burrill, Eine and James Joyce, who’s featured in the latest issue of Eye.
 
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