Design history

11 September 2009

Birth of the Modern

Birth of the Modern

Kemistry Gallery pays tribute to Herbert Spencer’s Typographica
What unites 1960s Modernist graphic designers, the editors of Wallpaper* magazine and Hoxton bloggers? Last night it was the opening of the exhibition at Kemistry about Herbert Spencer’s pioneering magazine Typographica.

8 September 2009

Dimensional typography

leslie atzmon

The unbearable flatness of being, by Leslie Atzmon
‘One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn’t any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So he drew a path.’

7 September 2009

X-ray flix (MTV #2)

X-ray flix (MTV #2)

liz farrelly, paul ayre

The ingredients that went into Rotterdam’s Fantastic Voyage
Following his previous MTV blog, ‘Hands on’, Paul Ayre describes his work on the motion graphics for the 1997 award ceremony in Rotterdam.

4 September 2009

In the pink

In the pink

Paolozzi and Foreman and Bax and Ballard: the ‘jet age’ family of Ambit
Art, fiction, sex, science and politics: artist Eduardo Paolozzi’s contributions to Ambit are the subject of a new Raven Row exhibition in London, which opens today. John Ridpath attended last night’s private view.

1 September 2009

Hands on

Hands on

liz farrelly, paul ayre

Adding soul (and soil) to the television test card, MTV EMA part 1
‘Fired up and hired’, Liz Farrelly’s Eye 72 article about MTV includes several examples of the channel’s approach to design and animation. In this two-part blog, Paul Ayre, former head of On-Air Graphics at MTV, writes about his methods.

27 August 2009

Sam Haskins and other stories

Sam Haskins and other stories

wayne ford

The South African photographer with a graphic edge
‘Sam Haskins is an important photographer. There, I’ve said it!’ This is the first line from acclaimed editor and critic Bill Jay’s* Album (Nazraeli Press, 2007) entry on South African born photographer Sam Haskins. Like Jay, I, too, believe that Haskins is an important photographer, writes Wayne Ford. Haskins’ influence is like a string of DNA that can be seen throughout contemporary photography – particularly fashion photography.

11 August 2009

The pleasures of browsing

The pleasures of browsing

rick poynor

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye site and blog
In Australia, Rick Poynor plays ‘hotel inspector’ to explore a bookshop that understands its books and readers: Sydney’s Published Art.

5 August 2009

Visual rhetoric

Visual rhetoric

leslie atzmon

What we mean when we talk about form, by Leslie Atzmon
Like the late American comedian Rodney Dangerfield, aesthetic form ‘don’t get no respect’, writes Leslie Atzmon.

2 August 2009

Sampling the modern

Sampling the modern

liz farrelly

Bill Mackay’s designs for paper company GF Smith
From Eye 72. Opening spread to ‘Sampling the Modern’ an article about two eras of graphic design for paper merchants GF Smith by Bill Mackay and SEA.

27 July 2009

The Form of the Book 6

The Form of the Book 6

fraser muggeridge

Fully Booked vs. Jan Tschichold’sThe Form of the Book; it’s a knockout
In the red corner we have The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold in 1975 (English translation published by Lund Humphries in 1991) weighing in at 182 pages.
 
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