Design history

18 June 2009

Heavy metal

Heavy metal

anthony oliver

Anthony Oliver’s Common Knowledge piece about tractor badges from Eye 71
My father was a design engineer who specialised in heavy earth-moving equipment, writes photographer Anthony Oliver, so I grew up around iconic names such as Kenworth Trucks, Caterpillar and Oshkosh (the most powerful trucks in the world – not kids’ dungarees).

16 June 2009

Smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors

john l. walters

Poke’s digital agency map for Super Contemporary at the Design Museum
It’s like a very simple video warfare game, chronologically controlled by one knob. As you enter the third quarter of 2001, writes John L. Walters, Razorfish explodes,

11 June 2009

Beyond our Ken

Beyond our Ken

andrew robertson

Celebrating Ken Briggs’ colourful career at the National Theatre
Graphic designer Ken Briggs is one of the great Kens of 1960s London, writes Andrew Robertson. Possibly not quite as celebrated (or notorious) as Ken Garland, Ken Tynan, Kenneth Williams or Ken ‘Civilisation’ Clark, but always admired and appreciated by other designers for his characteristically British take on Modernism.

4 June 2009

Corporate identity set in concrete

Corporate identity set in concrete

jessica jenkins

How Zlín did for the city what Basel did for the page
If the name Zlín, a town in Czech Moravia, rings a bell, it is probably for its international film festival, writes Jessica Jenkins. Less known, yet far more influential, is its achievement as the twentieth century’s most successful experiment in social spatial engineering.

8 May 2009

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

jessica jenkins

Re: Reputations of poacher-turned-brandkeeper Ian Anderson and TDR
From Jessica Jenkins Trick or treat? Ian Anderson’s masterstroke of dissolving The Designers Republic and reinventing it as . . . The Designers Republic had the design press falling over themselves.

1 May 2009

The canon, aimed at your back

The canon, aimed at your back

rick poynor

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye site and blog
Critique, written exclusively for eyemagazine.com and blog.eyemagazine.com This column has never addressed the subject of T-shirts, but we make an exception with the arrival of the Graphic Design Heroes series designed by GenPrag, alias graphic design professor Paul Nini of Ohio State University.

29 April 2009

Q&A with Daniel Eatock

Q&A with Daniel Eatock

q&a

I used to think ‘canon’ was the same as ‘cannon’, and it could kill you
Online exclusive. For other interviews on the theme of 'Who needs design history?' see Eye 68 on the Eye site.

28 April 2009

Scott Dadich at the EDO

Scott Dadich at the EDO

simon esterson

Star Trek’s sci-fi geekery sugars the science pill of the San Fran mag
Here at Eye Towers we’re all too aware of the joys (and limitations) of making a magazine with a small team, writes Simon Esterson, so it’s always good to be reminded how the big boys do it.

27 April 2009

‘No excuse for an uncomfortable chair’

‘No excuse for an uncomfortable chair’

victoria mcdougall

Helvetica director Gary Hustwit turns his lens on product design
How does the work of designers affect us, asks Objectified, the latest documentary film from Helvetica director Gary Hustwit, which had its first London showing to an enthusiastic full house at the Curzon Cinema in Chelsea on 16 April, writes Victoria McDougall.

17 April 2009

David Hillman

David Hillman

simon esterson

Gems from a master of magazine and newspaper art direction
There has been a lot of talk about golden ages on the Eye blog recently, writes Simon Esterson, and at last night’s D&AD conversation between editor Patrick Baglee and designer David Hillman, another golden age flashed before the audience’s eyes: the golden age of magazines and magazine art directors.
 
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