March 2010

26 March 2010

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

claire catterall

Curator Claire Catterall introduces the UK’s first graphic arts fair
I’ve never been one for the more traditional, ‘museumy’ kind of exhibition, writes Claire Catterall. If you’re going to put an object on a plinth or an image on a wall with a caption, you might just as well write a book.

25 March 2010

Ghostly amphibians

Ghostly amphibians

sally jeffery

Deviant toads and art-science collisions in London
Some tiny, jewel-like translucent toadlets are making a brief appearance at the Royal Institution, in an exhibition called ‘The Case of the Deviant Toad’, writes Sally Jeffery.

24 March 2010

Green USP?

Green USP?

lynne ciochetto

Greenwashing and design in the age of ethical consumption
In the contemporary era of heightened green awareness and ‘ethical consumption’, major companies have quickly realised that consumers are looking for greener brands, writes Lynne Ciochetto. Design has played a key role in reinventing company profiles with new environmental messages, and designers should question these claims.

23 March 2010

Eye 75, a typography special

Eye 75, a typography special

Lettering as illustration, calligraphy, type on the Web and much more
The latest issue of Eye has been printed and bound and is now on its way to subscribers and bookshops and magazine retailers around the world. We hope you enjoy it.

18 March 2010

Athens snapshots: Indyvisuals

Athens snapshots: Indyvisuals

athens snapshots, john ridpath

‘Athens is old, new, busy, noisy, & politically & economically imbalanced’
Next up in our virtual tour of Athenian design is collective Indyvisuals, writes John Ridpath. Indyvisuals was formed in late 2006 by a group of designers who were ‘tired of working in companies that were killing our creativity’.

17 March 2010

Think ink

Think ink

the production department

Special colour for calligraffiti on front of Eye 75, our typography special
The cover of Eye 75, out very soon, uses a special colour, a fluorescent Pantone 804.

16 March 2010

Are you sitting comfortably?

Are you sitting comfortably?

sally jeffery

70 different ways to get children toSit Down at the Museum of Childhood
Left to themselves, children settling down with a book will almost always drape, wedge, lean, sprawl or up-end themselves, rather than sit nicely on chairs, writes Sally Jeffery. Sit Down is a record of several centuries’ worth of attempted interventions in this unruliness, via means which include trundling about on wheels, free-form lounging, and undisguised restraint.

15 March 2010

Comfort zone

Comfort zone

Do these pictures of abandoned sofas bring calm to urban chaos?
I started photographing abandoned sofas a few years ago, writes Christine Donnier-Valentin. The sofa is an object of comfort in a home, filled with memories of conversations, laughter, tears, play, books, food. And then it is discarded, taken outside and left next to the bins.

12 March 2010

Athens snapshots: pi6

Athens snapshots: pi6

athens snapshots, john ridpath

‘Chaos can be very inspiring - Athens is like work in progress’
After a whistle-stop tour of Athens at this year’s Design Walk, Eye decided to catch up with some Greek designers at a more leisurely pace, writes John Ridpath. First up are communication design agency pi6, founded in 2005 by Rena Chrysikopoulou and Michael David Ochs.

10 March 2010

LA logo attack

LA logo attack

H5’s ‘highly caffeinated’ Logorama wins the Oscar for best short film
Earlier this week, H5’s Logorama won the Academy Award for best animated short. Here’s the film, followed by Matt Soar’s review from the current issue of Eye.
 
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