Design history

18 May 2010

Five from the Eye Archive: Japan

Five from the Eye Archive: Japan

john ridpath, the back issue department

Cute Culture, Motomichi Nakamura, Phonetic Characters, eye tests and JPG
Here, by popular request, are links to five articles, ‘fresh from the Eye archive’ with Japanese associations.

13 May 2010

Say the Word

Say the Word

john l. walters

‘Provocations’ prompt Camberwell students to think about type
Yesterday I spent some time at the Wilson Road annexe of University of the Arts London, Camberwell for the ‘Key Ideas’ discussion forum Word, organised in co-operation between Eye magazine and the college, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.

27 April 2010

Schweizer Reize

Schweizer Reize

Swiss travel books and posters at the National Library in Bern
An exhibition of historic Swiss travel books and posters at the Swiss National Library in Bern reminds viewers that tourism in the region is ‘old as the hills’ – and so is the printed matter that it generates, writes Jane Cheng.

25 April 2010

New Aussie anthems

New Aussie anthems

the technology department

‘And he leveraged his assets as he sat and liquidated by the billabong’
As part of a project at the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, visitors could insert new words into Australia’s national anthems via SMS.

22 April 2010

Mechanical brides and grooms

Mechanical brides and grooms

Read about Fritz Kahn’s surreal pedagogical vision in the latest Eye
In ‘Machine head’, his Eye 75 feature article, Rick Poynor points out the fascination and contradiction of Fritz Kahn’s mechanical images of the human body.

16 April 2010

Cool for (copy) cats?

Cool for (copy) cats?

sally jeffery

Similarities: from plagiarisation and rip-offs … to homage and inspiration
This seemingly effortless poster by Abram Games, along with its ham-fisted imitator, is one of a riveting set of graphic design images assembled by Bob Caruthers, writes Sally Jeffery.

14 April 2010

The stetl and the revolution

The stetl and the revolution

El Lissitzky and Jewish picture books in LA: from fantasy to factory
‘Monsters and Miracles’, an exhibition of Jewish picture books, opened on 8 April at the Skirball in Los Angeles, writes Jane Cheng.

23 March 2010

Eye 75, a typography special

Eye 75, a typography special

Lettering as illustration, calligraphy, type on the Web and much more
The latest issue of Eye has been printed and bound and is now on its way to subscribers and bookshops and magazine retailers around the world. We hope you enjoy it.

16 March 2010

Are you sitting comfortably?

Are you sitting comfortably?

sally jeffery

70 different ways to get children toSit Down at the Museum of Childhood
Left to themselves, children settling down with a book will almost always drape, wedge, lean, sprawl or up-end themselves, rather than sit nicely on chairs, writes Sally Jeffery. Sit Down is a record of several centuries’ worth of attempted interventions in this unruliness, via means which include trundling about on wheels, free-form lounging, and undisguised restraint.

8 March 2010

Ms Understood in Whitechapel

Ms Understood in Whitechapel

sally jeffery

Eye looks back at 1970s campaign posters on International Women’s Day
These campaign posters may never have been widely seen, but they should be, writes Sally Jeffery. They are up on the walls again now for ‘Ms Understood’, an exhibition at the Women’s Library in Whitechapel, London now extended until 17 April.
 
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