Design history

10 June 2010

Civil rights in New York

Civil rights in New York

frederico duarte, the events department

Two current exhibitions with images that ‘steered a drive for freedom’
I learned about two exhibitions on the civil rights movement currently showing in New York through Holland Cotter’s review in the New York Times, writes Frederico Duarte.

26 May 2010

Typeface, the movie

Typeface, the movie

sally jeffery

New designers test old methods at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum
Typeface, screened last week at the London College of Communication, is billed by its makers as documenting a convergence of modern design and traditional technique, writes Sally Jeffery.

22 May 2010

DIY design

DIY design

rob banham

The 9th annual St Bride Library conference, 27-28 May 2010
A lot of design that’s interesting, different – worth talking about – has an element of DIY, writes Rob Banham. Most obviously when designers become makers and take control of production, but also through self-initiated projects, by breaking away from the styles and conventions of the time, and occasionally even when design is done by people without any formal training.

19 May 2010

Graphics and the uncanny

Graphics and the uncanny

john ridpath, the events department

Rick Poynor revisits the surreal for a show at the Brno Biennial 2010
‘Let us not mince words: the marvellous is always beautiful, anything marvellous is beautiful, in fact only the marvellous is beautiful’ (André Breton, Surrealist Manifesto). At this year’s Brno Biennial, Rick Poynor will be guest curating an exhibition of beautiful, marvellous artwork entitled ‘The Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design’.

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.
 
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