Design history

18 November 2010

Design debate

Design debate

liz farrelly

The nature, collectability and status of fashion illustration
On 5 November, at a rainy evening round-table debate, a large and avid audience was treated to behind the scenes revelations, and much insight about the state of contemporary fashion drawing, writes Liz Farrelly.

17 November 2010

Pictures, poems, short stories

Pictures, poems, short stories

martin bax, martin bax

An exhibition of Ambit magazine covers at Hornsey in London
Our first cover was drawn by Andie Ferguson, an Australian artist who had come to the UK on a scholarship, writes Ambit founder and editor Martin Bax. He’d shown us a draft, which we’d all liked. But when I went round to get the artwork, eager to print the issue, he told me it had only been a rough idea and had since thrown it away.

15 November 2010

Beyond the body

Beyond the body

liz farrelly

Fashion drawing lies between representation and abstraction
Fashion illustration may have been marginalised in the past (and it’s not just me saying so), but right now London is being treated to a series of exhibitions and events showcasing this very rarified genre of commercial image-making, writes Liz Farrelly.

12 November 2010

À la mode

À la mode

chris brawn

The 50-year career of Hollywood’s greatest costume designer, Edith Head
The voracious appetite of the publishing industry often results in monographs being issued before the subject has even established a career, let alone maintained it over a suitable time period, writes Chris Brawn.

27 October 2010

Beatrice Warde lecture

Beatrice Warde lecture

simon esterson

Sébastien Morlighem’s gripping tale of Excoffon and the Fonderie Olive.
Tuesday night: to Bridewell Hall at the St Bride Library for the annual Beatrice Warde lecture, this year given by Sébastien Morlighem on ‘Researching Excoffon and the Fonderie Olive: Type as document.’

25 October 2010

Maps and legends

Maps and legends

jan middendorp

Charting the working processes of early 21st-century designers
As a lasting souvenir of the first AGI Open conference, which took place in Porto last week, organizers Lizá Ramalho and Artur Rebelo edited and designed a book titled — like the conference itself — ‘Process Is the Project’, writes Jan Middendorp.

18 October 2010

Body bio

Body bio

john ridpath

Fuel revisits the graphic storytelling of Russian criminal tattoos
Danzig Baldaev’s original tattoo drawings, made famous by his Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia, are to be exhibited in London next week by Fuel Design, writes John Ridpath. Baldaev collected his drawings while working as a prison guard between 1948 and 1986, creating a fascinating record of a dark, indelible tradition.

11 October 2010

Dig for history

Dig for history

Twentieth century Britain, chronicled in the work of Abram Games
Abram Games (1914-96) was one of the twentieth century's most celebrated graphic designers. An exhibition, opening at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery tomorrow, brings together

30 September 2010

Life-saving graphics?

Life-saving graphics?

steven heller

Tough, durable and informative: posters in the age of HIV / AIDS
Twenty-five years ago the HIV / AIDS virus began killing thousands and infecting hundreds of thousands more, writes Steven Heller, in his essay for a new show at Boston’s MassArt. Although the western world was hit unaware, the disease had been coursing through the Third World's bloodstream for years before.

16 September 2010

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

jay prynne

The Designs of Lou Dorfsman celebrated at Kemistry Gallery
Kemistry Gallery is celebrating the work of legendary designer Lou Dorfsman, art director for the CBS network in a new exhibition opening with a private view tonight from 6pm.
 
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