June 2009

10 June 2009

Design, music and lyrics

Design, music and lyrics

the picture department

Afrobeat and the art of Lemi Ghariokwu at Rich Mix
LP sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson once said that he based his covers on his clients’ lyrics. Nigerian designer Ghariokwu Lemi takes a similar approach in his celebrated covers for Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

4 June 2009

Corporate identity set in concrete

Corporate identity set in concrete

jessica jenkins

How Zlín did for the city what Basel did for the page
If the name Zlín, a town in Czech Moravia, rings a bell, it is probably for its international film festival, writes Jessica Jenkins. Less known, yet far more influential, is its achievement as the twentieth century’s most successful experiment in social spatial engineering.

1 June 2009

Paul Davis wakes up in Brighton

Paul Davis wakes up in Brighton

liz farrelly

Make drawings, shag, drink . . . it makes me think just how short life is.
On first viewing, Paul Davis’s current exhibition of word drawings felt a tad bleak, during a sunny Friday afternoon wind-up to a Bank Holiday weekend, writes Liz Farrelly.

28 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Three

TypoBerlin Day Three

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp goes into Space and returns to (Sol) Sender
Time for a roundup of TypoBerlin 09, the fourteenth edition of Europe’s largest yearly conference on type, graphic design and related matters, reports Jan Middendorp.

26 May 2009

Cheesy, but in a good way

Cheesy, but in a good way

liz farrelly

Somers Town gives product placement a monochrome makeover
Now that the annual hullabaloo of D&AD has kicked off (nominations announced; awards dinner, 11 June), it’s all too easy to forget that for the majority of the populace, outside the industries of ‘persuasion’, advertising is a shadowy concern, writes Liz Farrelly.

24 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Two

TypoBerlin Day Two

jan middendorp

Another Jan Middendorp Eye report – Ale, Angel, Adam, John and Chip
TypoBerlin Day Two As TypoBerlin 2009 is getting ready for its third and last day, your correspondent reviews day two and marvels at the sheer diversity of what was has been on offer so far. Friday was a day of extremes, writes Jan Middendorp.

22 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day One

TypoBerlin Day One

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp blogs for Eye – direct from the ‘pregnant oyster’
The venue is fantastic. Dubbed ‘the pregnant oyster’, the Kongresshalle was a gift from the Americans to (West) Berlin, built in 1956 under the direction of architect Hugh Stubbins. Having collapsed under the optimism of its construction in 1980, it was rebuilt in subsequent years and became the ‘Haus der Kulturen der Welt’, the House of World Cultures.

21 May 2009

Offset 2009

Offset 2009

linda king

Why Dublin? Why now (well, November)? Why not?
The scale and ambition of Offset, a three-day ‘creative’ conference, is impressive by any standards, writes Linda King. Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Dave McKean, Chip Kidd, Pentagram, Graphic Thought Facility and Experimental Jetset are all confirmed speakers.

20 May 2009

Take it from the Top (Applications)

Take it from the Top (Applications)

the paper department

Only a few weeks left to enter printed work for the Fedrigoni Awards
There are just three weeks left to enter your printed work for Fedrigoni’s curiously named ‘Top Applications Award’ 2009. Any project that uses Fedrigoni’s wide range of papers – from packaging to litho and digital print – is eligible to enter. The competition honours everybody involved in the process: clients, printers and designers. The jury includes Eye art director Simon Esterson and Fernando Gutierrez (see Eye no. 36 vol. 9).

19 May 2009

Barry Fantoni’s London show

Barry Fantoni’s London show

liz farrelly

Last chance to scratch the surface of a Sixties satirist
It’s your last chance to catch a small, perfectly formed exhibition of work by Barry Fantoni, featuring his career highlights from the past 50 years, writes Liz Farrelly
 
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