Design history

24 February 2016

The calm collector

The calm collector

A new collection of Steve Hare’s writing demonstrates an erudite passion for the design and content of Penguin Books
The late Steve Hare (1950-2015) was one of those writers that every editor appreciates, writes John L. Walters.

11 February 2016

Classic Collections – Back to the 90s

Classic Collections – Back to the 90s

Surf back down the information superhighway to a time when the World Wide Web was thrillingly new – with Eye nos. 14, 16, 23 & 25
   Most early editions of Eye magazine are out of print. However a handful from the mid-to-late 1990s are still available from the Eye shop at ESco in Essex, and this bundle is an especially good bargain for magazine addicts.

29 January 2016

Free spirit of Victorian photography

Free spirit of Victorian photography

Two London exhibitions show the pioneering work of photographer Julia Margaret Cameron
Two current exhibitions in London’s museum district celebrate the work of pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, writes Maggie Malone

26 January 2016

Books received #17

Books received #17

Logo Modernism, DixonBaxi, Cries of London, deValence and No Words Posters
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks.

14 January 2016

Warning cries

Warning cries

Paul Rennie casts new light on RoSPA’s safety posters. Review of Safety First by Clare Walters
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) employed many of the best designers of the twentieth century to make its safety posters.

7 January 2016

More design for eating

More design for eating

Menu Design in America looks back at more than a century of visual and culinary history
There is something very satisfying about a menu. Whether it be the cutout of a pig just before delving into a pulled pork sandwich or a space age diner preparing you for some interstellar fry-up.

31 December 2015

Classic Collections – On and Off the Wall

Classic Collections – On and Off the Wall

A bundle of poster-themed back issues – 38, 46, 51 & 69  
Eye magazine has often covered the changing nature of poster design and its place in the graphic design world.

11 November 2015

Fresh ideas, fresh air

Fresh ideas, fresh air

Academics and practitioners meet in Falmouth, Cornwall to discuss the issues affecting research in graphic design
On Friday 20 November 2015, academics, publishers and practitioners in graphic design will meet at the University of Falmouth in Cornwall for a symposium on graphic designers’ research, writes Jessica Jenkins.

14 September 2015

Hans Unger centenary exhibition

Hans Unger centenary exhibition

Naomi Games remembers ‘Uncle’ Hans Unger (1915-75) in anticipation of a show of his work at the Highgate Society
I do not know how Hans Unger became friends with my parents but he was always very much a part of our family. When he visited our house, (and he visited often) the three Games children were excited, writes Naomi Games.

10 September 2015

Eroticism with existential overtones

Eroticism with existential overtones

In the former Yugoslavia, record covers briefly delivered a ‘disco message’ of inclusion, emancipation and hedonism. By Zeljko Luketic
Will there be a disco ball? Or at least roller-skates? Those were the two most common questions I heard while preparing a series of ‘Socialist Disco Culture’ exhibitions, writes Zeljko Luketic.
 
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