Design history

18 October 2010

Body bio

Body bio

john ridpath

Fuel revisits the graphic storytelling of Russian criminal tattoos
Danzig Baldaev’s original tattoo drawings, made famous by his Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia, are to be exhibited in London next week by Fuel Design, writes John Ridpath. Baldaev collected his drawings while working as a prison guard between 1948 and 1986, creating a fascinating record of a dark, indelible tradition.

11 October 2010

Dig for history

Dig for history

Twentieth century Britain, chronicled in the work of Abram Games
Abram Games (1914-96) was one of the twentieth century's most celebrated graphic designers. An exhibition, opening at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery tomorrow, brings together

30 September 2010

Life-saving graphics?

Life-saving graphics?

steven heller

Tough, durable and informative: posters in the age of HIV / AIDS
Twenty-five years ago the HIV / AIDS virus began killing thousands and infecting hundreds of thousands more, writes Steven Heller, in his essay for a new show at Boston’s MassArt. Although the western world was hit unaware, the disease had been coursing through the Third World's bloodstream for years before.

16 September 2010

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

jay prynne

The Designs of Lou Dorfsman celebrated at Kemistry Gallery
Kemistry Gallery is celebrating the work of legendary designer Lou Dorfsman, art director for the CBS network in a new exhibition opening with a private view tonight from 6pm.

9 September 2010

Survivor

Survivor

rick poynor, the form of the book

Romek Marber bears witness to one of the great crimes of the past century
‘Survivor’, Rick Poynor’s latest Critique on the Eye website, is about Romek Marber’s recently published holocaust memoir No Return. This is not a book about graphic design, but its significance for designers and design historians is clear from the name.

16 August 2010

Design for music and dance

Design for music and dance

john ridpath, the events department

Serge Diaghilev’s all-star cast of artists brought the Ballet Russes to life
Music and design meet again next month, when a major exhibition exploring Serge Diaghilev’s role as artistic director and impresario of the Ballets Russes opens.

16 July 2010

Mirror man

Mirror man

john l. walters, the events department

Roman Cieślewicz shouts, entertains and provokes from the gallery walls
If you see just one design exhibition this summer, make it the Roman Cieślewicz retrospective at the RCA’s Gulbenkian Galleries, writes John L Walters. And see it soon, because it comes to an end in just over three weeks, on Saturday 7 August.

13 July 2010

Back to front

Back to front

michael salu

Why I went to St Bride Library to make Granta’s latest cover
For me St Bride Library has long been an place of fascination and wonder, writes Granta artistic director Michael Salu. I discovered the library a few years ago, while working as a designer at Random House. My first encounter with the oil, wood, metal and the smell of history made an indelible impression on me.

2 July 2010

Smash hits and ink

Smash hits and ink

john l. walters

Last call for the ‘Ray Lowry: London Calling’ exhibition in East London
Last night’s ‘London Calling’ auction raised around £18,000 for the Ray Lowry foundation.

25 June 2010

On target

On target

the events department

Looking forward to a Roman Cieślewicz retrospective at the RCA
‘Roman Cieślewicz’, at London’s Royal College of Art from 16 July–7 August, features more than 150 items by the Polish poster legend. Vertigo (top) dates from 1963, the year Cieślewicz (1930-96) moved to Paris.
 
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