January 2010

28 January 2010

Serious about design?

Serious about design?

gareth lofthouse

The challenges of designing for a declining market in classical music
Tomorrow’s ‘Design for music’ day at St Bride library includes a panel about design for classical music, writes Gareth Lofthouse. What is interesting about this right now is not so much attempting to provide a visual corollary for abstract music but the challenges presented by a declining market and the imminent redundancy of the CD format.

27 January 2010

Ditto – hard copy

Ditto – hard copy

‘I’d rather reach 100 people who care than 20,000 who don’t give a sh*t’
Some still prefer print, writes Chloë King, but is it sensible to start a small press and launch a printed journal during a recession, now so much is read online?

26 January 2010

Berlin snapshots: Florencia Young

Berlin snapshots: Florencia Young

berlin snapshots, john ridpath

‘Berlin is a magnet, attracting artists from around the world’
Continuing our series of ‘Berlin snapshots’, Argentinian-born designer Florencia Young talks to Eye about her move to the German capital.

25 January 2010

Info design before designers

Info design before designers

simon esterson, the type department

Could today’s professionals learn a thing or two from the Victorians?
Paul Stiff and his colleagues at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading have been researching the everyday printed documents of Victorian life, writes Simon Esterson. The results of their journey through the archives are on show until the end of the week (Fri 29 Jan) at the St Bride Printing Library in the exhibition ‘Designing information before designers’.

22 January 2010

Fighting ‘W’

Fighting ‘W’

Mr Edwards wrestles his way to the end of another week
A double whammy from Mr Edwards as we reach the penultimate spreads of his Crap Book.

21 January 2010

Magnificent obsessions

Magnificent obsessions

john ridpath, the events department

Gearing up for St Bride Library’s ‘Design for music’ day on 29 Jan
Here at Eye we’re getting excited about ‘Design for music / Music and design’, a day of talks and audiovisual treats at St Bride Library on 29 January, writes John Ridpath. It’s the first time that this printing and graphic arts library has put on a music-related event, and it looks like an unmissable line-up (curated by Catherine Dixon and Eye editor John L. Walters).

19 January 2010

Berlin snapshots: Apfel Zet

Berlin snapshots: Apfel Zet

berlin snapshots, jan middendorp, john ridpath

‘We find new stimuli on our wanderings through the city’
Next up in our ‘Berlin snapshots’ series is Apfel Zet, a design studio who pride themselves in their ‘ornamented, eclectic, anti-modern approach’.

18 January 2010

Signs of the moment

Signs of the moment

Graphics and interaction in the Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist
The Design Museum has just announced the shortlist for the 

17 January 2010

Critique: All mouth and trousers?

Critique: All mouth and trousers?

rick poynor

London designers show how little they care for the poster form
A few months ago, writes Rick Poynor, I was asked by the Design Museum to write a chapter on graphic design for a book entitled Design in Britain (Conran Octopus, October 2009). Wish I’d had the chance, while I was working on it, to see the posters commissioned by the London Design Festival’s founder, John Sorrell, and Pentagram’s Domenic Lippa for the festival in September 2009.

15 January 2010

‘V’

‘V’

Vehicles, vegetables and vikings in this Friday’s Crap Book extravaganza
A visual variety show from Mr Edwards in this week’s spread.
 
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