December 2009

7 December 2009

Cut and paste heroes

Cut and paste heroes

jeremy aynsley

Elaine Lustig Cohen pays homage to graphic design’s Modernist forbears
The recent New York exhibition ‘My Heroes: portraits of the avant-garde’ featured a set of works in collage and mixed media by artist and graphic designer Elaine Lustig Cohen, writes Jeremy Aynsley.

5 December 2009

The form of the book

The form of the book

jane cheng

Fifteenth-century book-making – white space by design and default
It is usually argued by incunabulists (specialists in works printed prior to 1501) that the first printed books were designed to look exactly like their manuscript predecessors, writes Jane Cheng. Looking at the two examples here, both fifteenth-century versions of the Imitatio Christi now in the Harvard Libraries, it is tempting to agree.

4 December 2009

‘Q’ here

‘Q’ here

mr edwards

Mr Edwards investigates the curious art of quality football
Mr Edwards takes a puzzled look at the British obsession with ball games. Another letter from our Friday Crap Book series.

3 December 2009

Stop press

Stop press

the type department

Tickets available for an Eye evening with Alan Kitching & Celia Stothard
Next week, there’s a special opportunity to hear Alan and Celia talk about their prints, see their exhibition and purchase selected works. (See Eye blog, ‘Fine words for Kitching / Stothard’).

3 December 2009

Pull out pages and panic

Pull out pages and panic

simon esterson

Adam Simpson’s poster for Eureka is a graphic call for climate change action
The third edition of Eureka, the monthly science magazine published with The Times, is out today and features a huge, four-page poster, writes Simon Esterson.

2 December 2009

Sleeves we like

Sleeves we like

john l. walters, things we like

Robert Flynn’s covers for Impulse! expressed ideas more than sounds
The Impulse! label LP covers by Robert Flynn / Viceroy are among the best of a great era. Yet this 1966 sleeve for John Coltrane’s turbulent, single-track album Ascension doesn’t attempt to represent the sound of the music.

29 November 2009

Notes on Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza

Notes on Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza

roger sabin

Joe Sacco, interviewed by Roger Sabin, at London’s ICA
Roger Sabin interviewed Joe Sacco in September 2009, part of ComICA at London’s ICA. Here’s the full transcription, exclusively for the Eye blog.

27 November 2009

Taking the ‘P’

Taking the ‘P’

Share a Friday pint with this patriotic policeman
Mr Edwards returns with another Crap Book classic.

26 November 2009

Ms C’s sketchbook

Ms C’s sketchbook

the picture department

Margaret Calvert pays tribute to typographer Phyllis Pearsall
Mrs P’s Journey by Margaret Calvert is an A2, seven-colour screen-print, available from the Design Museum Shop in an edition of 100. All proceeds go towards the Design Museum exhibitions and education programme.

25 November 2009

Illustrators we like

Illustrators we like

things we like

Tom Gauld’s Guardian panels on type and technology, poetry and words
We’re great admirers of Tom Gauld’s funny illustrations for the letters page in the Guardian’s Saturday Review. Here are a few examples, courtesy of Tom’s Flickr page.
 
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