Design history

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.

17 April 2009

Revival! preview

Revival! preview

the type department

Speed-dating, craft, obsessive photography and The DFC
Revival!: Eighth Annual Friends of St Bride Library Conference St Bride Library, London, 23 and 24 April 2008 This conference, explain the organisers, explores how we reinvigorate contemporary design thinking through a reconsideration of what it is we think we do best. The past has a part to play in such a reconsideration. On offer at this event then are a series of talks and displays, which set out the stories of key practitioners and their re-engagement with what it is they do as designers, writers and makers by looking backward to find fresh creative directions, renewed enthusiasm and a way forward.

14 April 2009

Drawn to be wilder

Drawn to be wilder

rian hughes

Rian Hughes explores magazine hand-lettering in the latest issue of Eye
Custom type was not an occasional indulgent art in the pre-digital dark ages, it was the norm, says Rian Hughes in ‘Drawn to be wild’ (Eye no. 71 vol. 18).

8 April 2009

Cutting some Slack for the AR

Cutting some Slack for the AR

simon esterson

A framework that’s more than just a (projected) shadow of its former self
The Architectural Review, the 113-year-old monthly known simply as ‘the AR’ by its visually aware audience, has had a tough time of it over the past few years, writes Simon Esterson. Changes in ownership and a loss of design direction left it looking like an also-ran in a field it once dominated. I’ve been a keen follower of the AR since its Manplan issues (see Eye no. 54 vol. 14) sparked my interest in both architecture and magazine design in the school art room nearly 40 years ago, so it is very encouraging to see the redesigned April issue emerge phoenix-like from the inferno that is contemporary magazine publishing.

4 April 2009

Q&A with Stefanie Schwarz

Q&A with Stefanie Schwarz

q&a

‘OpenType makes typographic subtleties easier to apply now’
Online exclusive. For other interviews on the theme of ‘Who needs design history?' see Eye 68 on the Eye site.

29 March 2009

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

simon esterson

‘Collecting images is not enough. How democratic is it?’
In a very polite, and very Dutch way, writes Simon Esterson, Jan van Toorn used the latest D&AD lecture to remind the audience at London’s Mermaid Theatre about graphic design’s social possibilities. He told us we should break out of our design stereotypes because, ‘it’s boring to produce neat things’.

13 March 2009

The Peter Saville principle

The Peter Saville principle

sara martin

‘Music covers are not graphic design, they communicate nothing’
Peter Saville didn’t keep the audience waiting long last night, writes Sara Martin, only fifteen minutes, but the crowd wanting to see him at the D&AD talk struggled to fit into the large auditorium; a screen was set up outside for people who couldn’t find a seat.
 
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