March 2009

29 March 2009

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

simon esterson

‘Collecting images is not enough. How democratic is it?’
In a very polite, and very Dutch way, writes Simon Esterson, Jan van Toorn used the latest D&AD lecture to remind the audience at London’s Mermaid Theatre about graphic design’s social possibilities. He told us we should break out of our design stereotypes because, ‘it’s boring to produce neat things’.

25 March 2009

The Form of the Book 4

The Form of the Book 4

sean murphy

If you don’t like the stock you can print yourself
I recall from my college years, writes Sean Murphy, in the mid-1990s the oft-discussed scenario where interactive platforms such as CD-Rom and the internet would soon spell the end of the print and therefore, by association, the book.

20 March 2009

Design auction

Design auction

the picture department

Were you there? How much did you drink? What did you buy?
Photographs: Julian Anderson, juliananderson.co.uk

19 March 2009

Eye 71 on press

Eye 71 on press

john l. walters

This is it: time to get physical with paper and ink
Since we took ownership of Eye last April, writes Eye editor John L. Walters, my fellow director (and art director) Simon Esterson has made a point of seeing every issue on and off press. Yesterday, Simon set off at the crack of dawn to Beacon Press in Uckfield, where the machines were being prepared for the latest Eye, a type special.

18 March 2009

The Form of the Book 3

The Form of the Book 3

william hall

When misunderstandings could be fatal – Mushrooms by Roger Phillips
‘Death cap Amanita phalloides: prolonged and violent vomiting and diarrhoea accompanied by severe abdominal pains, lasting for a day or more. Typically this is followed by an apparent recovery, when the victim may be released from hospital or think their ordeal over, but death results from kidney and liver failure within a few days.

13 March 2009

The Peter Saville principle

The Peter Saville principle

sara martin

‘Music covers are not graphic design, they communicate nothing’
Peter Saville didn’t keep the audience waiting long last night, writes Sara Martin, only fifteen minutes, but the crowd wanting to see him at the D&AD talk struggled to fit into the large auditorium; a screen was set up outside for people who couldn’t find a seat.

12 March 2009

Scary times for recruitment

Scary times for recruitment

mike radcliffe

What should designers do when supply outweighs demand?
In October 2008, after more than five years finding work for talented designers in the London area, the phone stopped ringing, writes Represent’s Mike Radcliffe.

9 March 2009

Blue (nerd) heaven?

Blue (nerd) heaven?

david thompson

Last year I aired some reservations regarding Zack Snyder’s then-forthcoming adaptation of Watchmen, the acclaimed graphic novel by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore. One of the concerns was that, since the comic’s initial publication in 1986, many of its themes have been explored and copied elsewhere – most obviously in Pixar’s The Incredibles and in the TV series Heroes, the first season of which borrows a major plot point.

7 March 2009

Live at The Hague

Live at The Hague

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp reports from the Gerrit Noordzij Prize Symposium
Yesterday at the Royal Academy in The Hague, Wim Crouwel received the Gerrit Noordzij Prize for type design from the hands of the previous winner, Tobias Frere-Jones. This afternoon, writes Jan Middendorp, the same school is hosting a symposium on typography.

5 March 2009

Museum and magazine

Museum and magazine

the events department

New exhibitions at the Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland
The Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland, has published a magazine to coincide with its three new exhibitions, which run until early June:
 
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