19 February 2010

20-20 digital hindsight.

20-20 digital hindsight.

honor beddard

Early adopters of computer art and design enter the V&A collections
In the past few years the Victoria and Albert Museum has amassed what is now the national collection of computer-generated art and design, writes V&A curator Honor Beddard.

17 February 2010

Knots and geography

Knots and geography

maxwell roberts

A psychologist challenges the Beck gospel of Underground octolinearity
Henry Beck’s iconic map (or diagram) of 1933 tamed the London Underground by showing chaotic meandering routes as straight lines, writes psychologist Maxwell Roberts. By simplifying the appearance of the map, travellers could plan their journeys more easily.

16 February 2010

Indian ‘ostalgia’?

Indian ‘ostalgia’?

Soviet-style covers for Seagull Books’ histories of Communism
‘What Was Communism?’ is a series of short, snappy monographs, published by Seagull Books and edited by Tariq Ali (who also wrote one of them), writes Fíacha O Dúbhda. They are hardbacks, printed on high quality paper with tasteful lettering, with vivid and distinctive covers designed by Sunandini Banerjee, one of Seagull’s editors.

15 February 2010

Volkssport design

Volkssport design

florian schmidt

Is the design profession at risk thanks to hordes of Web-savvy amateurs?
Here’s Adam Simpson’s illustration (top), which we commissioned for Florian Schmidt’s Eye education article ‘Volkssport design – live and let live?’ (which you can read in Eye 74, out now, below, and online).

12 February 2010

Athenian walkways

Athenian walkways

Design Walk 2010 asks: where is this thing called ‘Greek design’?
Last week Eye was invited to take part in the fourth annual Design Walk in Athens, writes John Ridpath. The event showcased thirteen local studios, and curators Double Decker set each team of designers a different brief based upon the central theme of ‘Poles Apart’.

10 February 2010

Mining the graphic mother-lode

Mining the graphic mother-lode

Read the latest Web-only Critique from Rick Poynor on the Eye website
Rick Poynor’s latest Critique is now live on the Eye site.

8 February 2010

Town of type

Town of type

the events department

Revisiting the book designers of St Gallen, Switzerland
St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland is renowned for its Abbey Library, with its valuable medieval collection.

5 February 2010

Lost for words

Lost for words

jane cheng

Designing new sentences from the latest dictionary additions
OK-RM’s cumulative new year publication series asks where English culture is, and what it means to be an English graphic designer, writes Jane Cheng. In other words is an eight-page booklet that proposes to use in sentences sixteen of the new words added to or modified by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) during the past year.

3 February 2010

Text without type

Text without type

john l. walters

Building Sound: can a website work with just speech, space and colour?
Here’s an interesting sound-based concept – a website that has no type or lettering whatsoever, other than the URL.

2 February 2010

Art for aid

Art for aid

How artists and designers can help the Haiti relief effort with their work
To Haiti with love is a new initiative hoping to raise money to help the situation in Haiti: through digital art sales.
 
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