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29 October 2009

The seventh Python

The seventh Python

john l. walters

Storm Thorgerson’s iconic album art at Integrated2009
To designers of a certain vintage, Storm Thorgerson, one of the founders (with Aubrey Powell) of Hipgnosis, is a star, the prog Peter Saville. Yet he’s off many people’s graphic design radar, writes John L. Walters. Which might be the way he likes it, since he claims to know nothing about typography and disdains illustration.

15 October 2009

On your bike

On your bike

ben brookbanks

Andrew Ritchie wins UK’s longest-running design prize for the Brompton
The UK’s longest-running design prize has been awarded to Andrew Ritchie, the designer of the iconic Brompton folding bicycle, writes MultiAdaptor’s Ben Brookbanks. Organised by the Design Council and held at Buckingham Palace, the announcement of the 2009 winner was celebrated alongside a special ceremony to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Prince Philip Designers Prize.

7 October 2009

It’s an Issuu

It’s an Issuu

the marketing department

Another way to get an idea of the real, printed, physical Eye before you buy
   

28 September 2009

Super flexible, Super contemporary

Super flexible, Super contemporary

simon esterson

Last call for the Design Museum’s timeline of London design
This is the last week of the Super Contemporary show at London’s Design Museum, writes Simon Esterson.

27 September 2009

Neon lights

Neon lights

sebastian schmidt-tomczak

A review of ‘Cold War Neons’, the final show at Glasgow’s Lighthouse
Curation is a highly context-sensitive undertaking, writes Sebastian Schmidt-Tomczak. Though Glasgow’s Lighthouse is about to close, the building is still open – with a distinct lack of activity on the lower floors. Yet the escalator journey to the top is rewarding: ‘Cold War Neons’, an exhibition of Warsaw’s neonisation programme of the 1960s and 70s is a delightful curatorial achievement.

17 September 2009

British designers, ca. 1963

British designers, ca. 1963

the picture department

The spread everyone’s been asking about, from Typographica
OK, here’s a better view of that famous feature: photographs of British designers from Typographica no. 7 (New Series), printed in silver ink with a glassine overlay.

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.
 
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