30 March 2010

No wasted space

No wasted space

the form of the book

McSweeney’s celebrates its vision of independent publishing
We’ve always had a soft spot for Timothy McSweeney’s quarterly, which wormed its way into our consciousness around the century’s end, and has kept us entertained and stimulated ever since.

29 March 2010

Visual ping-pong

Visual ping-pong

john ridpath

Designers in London and Berlin have started a creative conversation.
It’s good to talk, and this year’s Art Of Conversation has started up a unique dialogue between graphic designers, writes John Ridpath.

26 March 2010

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

claire catterall

Curator Claire Catterall introduces the UK’s first graphic arts fair
I’ve never been one for the more traditional, ‘museumy’ kind of exhibition, writes Claire Catterall. If you’re going to put an object on a plinth or an image on a wall with a caption, you might just as well write a book.

25 March 2010

Ghostly amphibians

Ghostly amphibians

sally jeffery

Deviant toads and art-science collisions in London
Some tiny, jewel-like translucent toadlets are making a brief appearance at the Royal Institution, in an exhibition called ‘The Case of the Deviant Toad’, writes Sally Jeffery.

24 March 2010

Green USP?

Green USP?

lynne ciochetto

Greenwashing and design in the age of ethical consumption
In the contemporary era of heightened green awareness and ‘ethical consumption’, major companies have quickly realised that consumers are looking for greener brands, writes Lynne Ciochetto. Design has played a key role in reinventing company profiles with new environmental messages, and designers should question these claims.

23 March 2010

Eye 75, a typography special

Eye 75, a typography special

Lettering as illustration, calligraphy, type on the Web and much more
The latest issue of Eye has been printed and bound and is now on its way to subscribers and bookshops and magazine retailers around the world. We hope you enjoy it.

18 March 2010

Athens snapshots: Indyvisuals

Athens snapshots: Indyvisuals

athens snapshots, john ridpath

‘Athens is old, new, busy, noisy, & politically & economically imbalanced’
Next up in our virtual tour of Athenian design is collective Indyvisuals, writes John Ridpath. Indyvisuals was formed in late 2006 by a group of designers who were ‘tired of working in companies that were killing our creativity’.

17 March 2010

Think ink

Think ink

the production department

Special colour for calligraffiti on front of Eye 75, our typography special
The cover of Eye 75, out very soon, uses a special colour, a fluorescent Pantone 804.

16 March 2010

Are you sitting comfortably?

Are you sitting comfortably?

sally jeffery

70 different ways to get children toSit Down at the Museum of Childhood
Left to themselves, children settling down with a book will almost always drape, wedge, lean, sprawl or up-end themselves, rather than sit nicely on chairs, writes Sally Jeffery. Sit Down is a record of several centuries’ worth of attempted interventions in this unruliness, via means which include trundling about on wheels, free-form lounging, and undisguised restraint.

15 March 2010

Comfort zone

Comfort zone

Do these pictures of abandoned sofas bring calm to urban chaos?
I started photographing abandoned sofas a few years ago, writes Christine Donnier-Valentin. The sofa is an object of comfort in a home, filled with memories of conversations, laughter, tears, play, books, food. And then it is discarded, taken outside and left next to the bins.
 
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