Design history

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.

1 September 2009

Hands on

Hands on

liz farrelly, paul ayre

Adding soul (and soil) to the television test card, MTV EMA part 1
‘Fired up and hired’, Liz Farrelly’s Eye 72 article about MTV includes several examples of the channel’s approach to design and animation. In this two-part blog, Paul Ayre, former head of On-Air Graphics at MTV, writes about his methods.

27 August 2009

Sam Haskins and other stories

Sam Haskins and other stories

wayne ford

The South African photographer with a graphic edge
‘Sam Haskins is an important photographer. There, I’ve said it!’ This is the first line from acclaimed editor and critic Bill Jay’s* Album (Nazraeli Press, 2007) entry on South African born photographer Sam Haskins. Like Jay, I, too, believe that Haskins is an important photographer, writes Wayne Ford. Haskins’ influence is like a string of DNA that can be seen throughout contemporary photography – particularly fashion photography.

11 August 2009

The pleasures of browsing

The pleasures of browsing

rick poynor

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye site and blog
In Australia, Rick Poynor plays ‘hotel inspector’ to explore a bookshop that understands its books and readers: Sydney’s Published Art.

5 August 2009

Visual rhetoric

Visual rhetoric

leslie atzmon

What we mean when we talk about form, by Leslie Atzmon
Like the late American comedian Rodney Dangerfield, aesthetic form ‘don’t get no respect’, writes Leslie Atzmon.

2 August 2009

Sampling the modern

Sampling the modern

liz farrelly

Bill Mackay’s designs for paper company GF Smith
From Eye 72. Opening spread to ‘Sampling the Modern’ an article about two eras of graphic design for paper merchants GF Smith by Bill Mackay and SEA.

27 July 2009

The Form of the Book 6

The Form of the Book 6

fraser muggeridge

Fully Booked vs. Jan Tschichold’sThe Form of the Book; it’s a knockout
In the red corner we have The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold in 1975 (English translation published by Lund Humphries in 1991) weighing in at 182 pages.

16 July 2009

Pictures for rent

Pictures for rent

the back issue department

Spreads from Abbott Miller’s article about stock photography in Eye 14
In this article from Eye no. 14, Autumn 1994, designer J. Abbott Miller discusses the use of stock photography, ‘which makes up a kind of corporate vernacular that informs almost all levels of graphic design’. You can read an extract from ‘Pictures for rent’ on the Eye website.

10 July 2009

Eyes and ears

Eyes and ears

john l. walters

John L. Walters’ BBC feature about jazzdesign, on the iPlayer until 13 July
Earlier this week, I had the chance to live out my boyhood fantasy of being a late-night jazz DJ, writes John L. Walters. Well, I was actually commissioned to write and present a short (16') feature about the relationship between jazz and graphic design. (So it wasn’t exactly Clint Eastwood in Play Misty For Me, or ‘Lester the Nightfly’.)
 
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