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.

23 June 2009

Not in their elements

Not in their elements

tony meeuwissen

When illustrator Tony Meeuwissen met Rolling Stones Keef and Brian
I briefly met two Rolling Stones in 1967, writes Tony Meeuwissen, thanks to Al Vandenberg, the American master photographer (then an innovative art director) and my only genuine art teacher.

19 June 2009

Eye 72 is on its way

Eye 72 is on its way

the marketing department

Marian Bantjes, Airfix, MTV and ‘the designer as illustrator’
Here’s the cover of the latest issue of Eye. We like it. And no, it doesn’t say ‘sex’, it’s a detail of Marian Bantjes’ ‘Seduction’ poster for Yale School of Architecture. 

18 June 2009

Heavy metal

Heavy metal

anthony oliver

Anthony Oliver’s Common Knowledge piece about tractor badges from Eye 71
My father was a design engineer who specialised in heavy earth-moving equipment, writes photographer Anthony Oliver, so I grew up around iconic names such as Kenworth Trucks, Caterpillar and Oshkosh (the most powerful trucks in the world – not kids’ dungarees).

16 June 2009

Smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors

john l. walters

Poke’s digital agency map for Super Contemporary at the Design Museum
It’s like a very simple video warfare game, chronologically controlled by one knob. As you enter the third quarter of 2001, writes John L. Walters, Razorfish explodes,

15 June 2009

Up against the wall

Up against the wall

the production department

Layouts of the forthcoming Eye magazine on the studio wall
While we’re working on the magazine we stick layouts on the meeting room wall, to get a sense of the structure of the issue. The theme of the centre well of Eye 72, out later in June, is illustration – in particular ‘The designer as illustrator’. For more details, sign up for the editor’s newsletter, which we’ll be sending out later this week.

12 June 2009

Coins, cars and condoms

Coins, cars and condoms

the events department

Matt Dent’s reverse design for UK coinage wins one of four black pencils
Delicious food, plenty of drink, scintillating company and 54 winners. The 2009 D&AD Awards went by at a cracking pace, accompanied by NB Studio’s neat ‘white gloves’ graphics and video interstitials.

11 June 2009

D&AD Awards 2009

D&AD Awards 2009

Avoid the Roundhouse crush. Watch the ceremony live on your laptop
You can watch tonight’s D&AD Awards in the comfort of your own home (or while you’re working late) by clicking on the link below (you have to register first).

11 June 2009

Beyond our Ken

Beyond our Ken

andrew robertson

Celebrating Ken Briggs’ colourful career at the National Theatre
Graphic designer Ken Briggs is one of the great Kens of 1960s London, writes Andrew Robertson. Possibly not quite as celebrated (or notorious) as Ken Garland, Ken Tynan, Kenneth Williams or Ken ‘Civilisation’ Clark, but always admired and appreciated by other designers for his characteristically British take on Modernism.
 
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