14 December 2009

Pan Am’s Helvetica dreamtime

Pan Am’s Helvetica dreamtime

Frederico Duarte

How I unearthed a forgotten chapter in corporate design history
I came across six Pan Am posters while visiting the ‘Here Is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art’ exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, writes Frederico Duarte.

11 December 2009

Tony Meeuwissen in Stroud

Tony Meeuwissen in Stroud

steve hare

‘The eye of an illustrator with the mind of a designer’
I’ve been stopped in my tracks by particularly intricate, amusing or just stunningly brilliant Penguin book covers more times than I can remember, writes Steve Hare, and it seemed to me that every time I checked out the name of the designer, it was one of Tony Meeuwissen’s.

11 December 2009

Rated ‘R’

Rated ‘R’

Mr Edwards rocks out in this week’s spread
It’s Friday, and Mr Edwards’ radish-headed band have taken to the stage.

10 December 2009

Hat-Trick card trick

Hat-Trick card trick

things we like

Typographic treats (or what Jim Sutherland did on his holidays)
You wouldn’t want to play poker or spit with a pack like this, but type-spotters will probably devise their own game.

9 December 2009

The art of mass market mags

The art of mass market mags

the events department

How do you design a cover that sells? Andy Cowles reveals all on 16 Dec 09
With their multiple pictures, blocks of angled type and fluorescent Pantone colours, the covers of the big-circulation weekly magazines might not appear in the D&AD annual. But they are as intensely designed and crafted as any yellow-pencil winner.

8 December 2009

Electric Narcissus and digital Echo

Electric Narcissus and digital Echo

john l. walters

‘Decode: digital design sensations’ at London’s V&A museum
The key word in the title of ‘Decode: digital design sensations’ (which opens today at the Victoria and Albert museum in London) is ‘sensations’.

7 December 2009

Cut and paste heroes

Cut and paste heroes

jeremy aynsley

Elaine Lustig Cohen pays homage to graphic design’s Modernist forbears
The recent New York exhibition ‘My Heroes: portraits of the avant-garde’ featured a set of works in collage and mixed media by artist and graphic designer Elaine Lustig Cohen, writes Jeremy Aynsley.

5 December 2009

The form of the book

The form of the book

jane cheng

Fifteenth-century book-making – white space by design and default
It is usually argued by incunabulists (specialists in works printed prior to 1501) that the first printed books were designed to look exactly like their manuscript predecessors, writes Jane Cheng. Looking at the two examples here, both fifteenth-century versions of the Imitatio Christi now in the Harvard Libraries, it is tempting to agree.

4 December 2009

‘Q’ here

‘Q’ here

mr edwards

Mr Edwards investigates the curious art of quality football
Mr Edwards takes a puzzled look at the British obsession with ball games. Another letter from our Friday Crap Book series.

3 December 2009

Stop press

Stop press

the type department

Tickets available for an Eye evening with Alan Kitching & Celia Stothard
Next week, there’s a special opportunity to hear Alan and Celia talk about their prints, see their exhibition and purchase selected works. (See Eye blog, ‘Fine words for Kitching / Stothard’).
 
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