February 2014

4 February 2014

Books received #6

Books received #6

Eye editors

Fabriano, Sint Lucas University, Illustration Next, Roy G. Biv and Eduardo Paolozzi at New Worlds
Here is a brief look at some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.

28 January 2014

Sale of the century?

Sale of the century?

Dan Rhatigan

Antique or academic resource? Dan Rhatigan considers a dilemma: the disposal of type design archives once consigned to the scrapheap
On 5 January 2014, an episode of BBC Television’s popular Antiques Roadshow caught the attention of many typographers and lovers of type, writes Dan Rhatigan.

24 January 2014

Ken Briggs: 1931-2013

Ken Briggs: 1931-2013

Fraser Muggeridge

A great Modernist graphic designer. Fraser Muggeridge pays tribute
Ken Briggs has died at his home in Eltham, South London aged 82 after struggling for several years with Parkinson’s disease. He is best known for the hundreds of posters and programmes he designed for The National Theatre in London during the 1960s, writes Fraser Muggeridge.

20 January 2014

With a gun

With a gun

Colin Davies

The Cuban OSPAAAL posters in Kemistry’s show pack a macho sense of déjà vu, says Colin Davies.
Walk into Kemistry’s OSPAAAL exhibition in Shoreditch and you might be hit by the Cuban posters’ familiarity – there’s a sense of déjà vu, writes Colin Davies.

13 January 2014

Typorama spectacular

Typorama spectacular

Steven Heller

This Paris retrospective of Philippe Apeloig’s cerebral, conceptual design and typography is a triumph that exceeds high expectations, reports Steven Heller
The last time I saw a gaggle of teenage art students sitting quietly on the floor in a museum gallery intently making sketches of posters hanging on a wall, as though they were drawing from classical plaster casts or painted masterworks, writes Steven Heller, was … never!

9 January 2014

Colours of Soviet film posters

Colours of Soviet film posters

Alex Cameron

Elena Sudakova and Lutz Becker curate Soviet silent film posters from the 1920s and 30s, on display at London’s GRAD gallery from 17 January
GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design, in collaboration with online poster gallery AntikBar, is hosting a poster exhibition in London this month, and it is a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in the visual arts and communications, writes Alex Cameron.

1 January 2014

Noted #57

Noted #57

Eye editors

Publications from the British Council, Monika Bartels / FontWerk, Carter Wong, Pentagram and Thomas Manss
Here are a few publications that grabbed our attention in the last few weeks.

24 December 2013

Autograph monograph

Autograph monograph

Mark Porter

A new book shows Marian Bantjes’ deep personal engagement with her work. Review of Pretty Pictures by Mark Porter.
Pretty Pictures covers the astonishing body of work Marian Bantjes produced over nine years after a radical mid-career reinvention. It is essentially a conventional monograph, but nothing about Bantjes is entirely conventional, writes Mark Porter.

20 December 2013

Type on the tongue

Type on the tongue

Eye editors, Simon Esterson, Jay Prynne, Sarah Snaith, Janet South, John L. Walters

Eye’s panel checks out the taste of Helvetica, Impact and Comic Sans (as cooked up by Sarah Hyndman)
Designer Sarah Hyndman is known for her Type Tasting workshops – popular events at Pick Me Up and London Design Festival this year. For Hyndman’s latest project, A Taste of Type, she has reversed the approach by asking, ‘what does type taste like?’

19 December 2013

Out of the shadows

Out of the shadows

Sarah Snaith

The Gentle Author delivers an album of London past and present in time for Christmas
The long hours of darkness that signify the encroaching winter can cast an unfavourable light on East London, writes Sarah Snaith.
 
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