Design history

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.

14 December 2009

Pan Am’s Helvetica dreamtime

Pan Am’s Helvetica dreamtime

How I unearthed a forgotten chapter in corporate design history
I came across six Pan Am posters while visiting the ‘Here Is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art’ exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, writes Frederico Duarte.

7 December 2009

Cut and paste heroes

Cut and paste heroes

jeremy aynsley

Elaine Lustig Cohen pays homage to graphic design’s Modernist forbears
The recent New York exhibition ‘My Heroes: portraits of the avant-garde’ featured a set of works in collage and mixed media by artist and graphic designer Elaine Lustig Cohen, writes Jeremy Aynsley.

5 December 2009

The form of the book

The form of the book

jane cheng

Fifteenth-century book-making – white space by design and default
It is usually argued by incunabulists (specialists in works printed prior to 1501) that the first printed books were designed to look exactly like their manuscript predecessors, writes Jane Cheng. Looking at the two examples here, both fifteenth-century versions of the Imitatio Christi now in the Harvard Libraries, it is tempting to agree.
 
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