November 2008

28 November 2008

MAP/making’s acid test

MAP/making’s acid test

john l. walters

Music, art and performance in action at the Royal College
What is it about the last Thursday in November in London, asks John L. Walters? There were at least half a dozen events competing for our attention: Sanky doing a D&AD lecture; the launch of the AR’s Emerging Architecture at RIBA; Jost Hochuli at St Bride; the ‘Deface Value’ view at Mutate Britain; and so on . . . The one I opted for was a specially commissioned presentation of live audio-visual work at the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery at the Royal College of Art.

25 November 2008

Playing with wooden pixels

Playing with wooden pixels

liz farrelly

Silence's ShapeMaker is making a noise in the toy world
‘Books are at the core of what we do,’ says David Goodman, who with his work /life partner Zoe Miller, is half of Silence, a Brighton-based visual research consultancy that provides creative inspiration to clients in advertising, fashion and the media, writes Liz Farrelly.

24 November 2008

Impeccable stupidity

Impeccable stupidity

roger sabin

Boosh’s Bollo reveals his inner graphic designer
Occasionally, a comedy show will enter the public consciousness to the point where it becomes a ‘cultural resource’ for people to draw upon. It happened in the 1960s and 70s with Monty Python and it’s happened recently with The Mighty Boosh.

20 November 2008

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

the picture department

Studio8 has a graphic solution to the Christmas charity card problem
In a self-initiated project, Matt Willey from London’s Studio8 (see ‘Wanted: self-images’, Eye no. 66) has given the charity Christmas card some much-needed art direction.

19 November 2008

Guy Le Querrec in Africa

Guy Le Querrec in Africa

john l. walters

Encores for Magnum photographer at the London Jazz Festival
We’re halfway into the London Jazz Festival, and the annual event has already delivered three great audio-visual experiences, writes John L. Walters, including movies, animation – and now some black and white documentary photography.

15 November 2008

Crouwel at ‘80 20 100’

Crouwel at ‘80 20 100’

the picture department

Images from the catalogue for the Rotterdam exhibition
Here, by popular demand, are some spreads from the catalogue to ‘80 20 100’, the Rotterdam exhibition of Wim Crouwel’s work mentioned in Chris Vermaas’s memoir of Frank Nijhof.

12 November 2008

St Bride Letterpress Day

St Bride Letterpress Day

simon esterson

The twenty-six soldiers of lead are on the march
There were pictures of proofing presses in studios, giant Wharfdales in barns, Heidelberg cylinders in converted railway arches and lots of type (as above), writes Simon Esterson. St Bride’s celebration of letterpress in London on 7 November was as much about an enthusiasm for the physical technology as a passion for typography.

11 November 2008

Type, tart cards, T-shirts and crosses

Type, tart cards, T-shirts and crosses

chris unitt

Plus International Design Exhibition in Birmingham
I'd not seen much promotion around the city for the ‘Plus International Design Exhibition’, in Birmingham, last week, writes Chris Unitt, but my worries about attendance were unfounded.

7 November 2008

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

chris vermaas

Memoir of a great Dutch booksellerby Chris Vermaas
Frank Nijhof was a neighbour, and one of my favourite booksellers. I lived around the corner of the very fine bookstore Nijhof & Lee that Frank started with his partner Warren: I knew the good man well. Frank got sick a year ago with a cancer that could not be cured: it was really bad. You know, you start to understand the value of a person when he or she is not around anymore.

5 November 2008

Giant Steps

Giant Steps

q&a

Michal Levy: Colour has the same effect it had when we were ‘cavemen’
Previously unpublished ‘beyond the canon’ Q&A with Michal Levy about design history. Levy, now resident in Philadelphia, US, comes from Tel Aviv, Israel.
 
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