Design history

19 February 2010

20-20 digital hindsight.

20-20 digital hindsight.

honor beddard

Early adopters of computer art and design enter the V&A collections
In the past few years the Victoria and Albert Museum has amassed what is now the national collection of computer-generated art and design, writes V&A curator Honor Beddard.

17 February 2010

Knots and geography

Knots and geography

maxwell roberts

A psychologist challenges the Beck gospel of Underground octolinearity
Henry Beck’s iconic map (or diagram) of 1933 tamed the London Underground by showing chaotic meandering routes as straight lines, writes psychologist Maxwell Roberts. By simplifying the appearance of the map, travellers could plan their journeys more easily.

12 February 2010

Athenian walkways

Athenian walkways

Design Walk 2010 asks: where is this thing called ‘Greek design’?
Last week Eye was invited to take part in the fourth annual Design Walk in Athens, writes John Ridpath. The event showcased thirteen local studios, and curators Double Decker set each team of designers a different brief based upon the central theme of ‘Poles Apart’.

10 February 2010

Mining the graphic mother-lode

Mining the graphic mother-lode

Read the latest Web-only Critique from Rick Poynor on the Eye website
Rick Poynor’s latest Critique is now live on the Eye site.

8 February 2010

Town of type

Town of type

the events department

Revisiting the book designers of St Gallen, Switzerland
St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland is renowned for its Abbey Library, with its valuable medieval collection.

25 January 2010

Info design before designers

Info design before designers

simon esterson, the type department

Could today’s professionals learn a thing or two from the Victorians?
Paul Stiff and his colleagues at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading have been researching the everyday printed documents of Victorian life, writes Simon Esterson. The results of their journey through the archives are on show until the end of the week (Fri 29 Jan) at the St Bride Printing Library in the exhibition ‘Designing information before designers’.

13 January 2010

Where eagles dare

Where eagles dare

john ridpath

Büro Uebele rethinks the German Federal symbol for the Bundestag
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, writes John Ridpath. When Stuttgart–based studio Büro Uebele took part in a competition to design a unified visual identity for the German Bundestag (top), they decided to stick with the familiar: ‘The Bundestag does not need a new logo,’ they explained. ‘It already has a familiar, long-established symbol’.

4 January 2010

Margaret Calvert on Top Gear

Margaret Calvert on Top Gear

the video department

The co-designer of Britain’s road signs hits the open road with James May
Last night, UK television viewers were treated to a little piece of living graphic design history – Margaret Calvert appeared on Top Gear, the BBC’s long-running car show.

25 December 2009

Christmas crackers

Christmas crackers

mr edwards

Enjoy a festive treat from the colourful world of Mr Edwards
It’s Christmas, and Mr Edwards is on cracking form with a seasonal card adapted from his infamous Crap Book. Read more about him in this blog we made earlier.

15 December 2009

The romance of chemicals

The romance of chemicals

hamish thompson

A portrait of Swiss designer Max Schmid, father of ‘Geigy style’, by New Zealand typographer Hamish Thompson
Zurich is a long way from my home in Wellington, New Zealand, so I missed out on the Geigy exhibition, ‘Good Design, Good Business’ held in the Zurich Museum of Design earlier this year, writes Hamish Thompson.
 
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