Design history

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.

1 March 2010

Signs of a city

Signs of a city

john ridpath

Eye revisits the typography of Athenian street signs
When Minos Zarifopoulos wrote about Athenian street signs in Eye 45, he worried that a project to remove modern billboards and other ‘visual disturbances’ could give the impression of ‘walking around an open-air museum of how Athens used to be’, writes John Ridpath.

26 February 2010

Back to the future

Back to the future

liz farrelly

Day two at the ‘Decoding the digital’ conference at the V&A
Day two of the ‘Decoding the Digital’, conference at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, kicked off with a change of scene, writes Liz Farrelly.

25 February 2010

The Wm. Morris code

The Wm. Morris code

liz farrelly

Finding digital roots in the Arts and Crafts Movement
The first day of the ‘Decoding the Digital’ conference (Victoria and Albert Museum, London 4-5 February 2010) conference was ground-breaking, writes Liz Farrelly, welcoming a new V&A collection, and pointing up areas of art and design history that still need writing.

19 February 2010

20-20 digital hindsight.

20-20 digital hindsight.

honor beddard

Early adopters of computer art and design enter the V&A collections
In the past few years the Victoria and Albert Museum has amassed what is now the national collection of computer-generated art and design, writes V&A curator Honor Beddard.

17 February 2010

Knots and geography

Knots and geography

maxwell roberts

A psychologist challenges the Beck gospel of Underground octolinearity
Henry Beck’s iconic map (or diagram) of 1933 tamed the London Underground by showing chaotic meandering routes as straight lines, writes psychologist Maxwell Roberts. By simplifying the appearance of the map, travellers could plan their journeys more easily.

12 February 2010

Athenian walkways

Athenian walkways

Design Walk 2010 asks: where is this thing called ‘Greek design’?
Last week Eye was invited to take part in the fourth annual Design Walk in Athens, writes John Ridpath. The event showcased thirteen local studios, and curators Double Decker set each team of designers a different brief based upon the central theme of ‘Poles Apart’.

10 February 2010

Mining the graphic mother-lode

Mining the graphic mother-lode

Read the latest Web-only Critique from Rick Poynor on the Eye website
Rick Poynor’s latest Critique is now live on the Eye site.

8 February 2010

Town of type

Town of type

the events department

Revisiting the book designers of St Gallen, Switzerland
St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland is renowned for its Abbey Library, with its valuable medieval collection.

25 January 2010

Info design before designers

Info design before designers

simon esterson, the type department

Could today’s professionals learn a thing or two from the Victorians?
Paul Stiff and his colleagues at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading have been researching the everyday printed documents of Victorian life, writes Simon Esterson. The results of their journey through the archives are on show until the end of the week (Fri 29 Jan) at the St Bride Printing Library in the exhibition ‘Designing information before designers’.
 
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