Design history

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.

5 March 2009

Museum and magazine

Museum and magazine

the events department

New exhibitions at the Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland
The Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland, has published a magazine to coincide with its three new exhibitions, which run until early June:

23 February 2009

Collection by Matt Willey

Collection by Matt Willey

matt willey

Scrapper vs. Slugger. Boxing posters: tough type; bare facts; no fuss
I found these old boxing posters recently and I think they are wonderful, writes Matt Willey. The typefaces and the way they are arranged appeal to me. The arrangement of the type is a result, I presume, of a simple need to get all this information on the poster – nothing more fancy than that.

22 January 2009

Treasure trove of graphic resistance

Treasure trove of graphic resistance

noel douglas

Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution
What better time to see an exhibition of work by Emory Douglas, the official artist of the Black Panther Party, asks Noel Douglas (no relation – Ed). Like the Panthers, Barack Obama’s campaign also made highly visible use of ‘street’ graphics, with strong networks of grassroots flyposting, and the connections – and differences – between the two periods are made obvious as you walk around Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution at Urbis in Manchester.

19 December 2008

Phil’s top type hits

Phil’s top type hits

the type department

Or . . . ‘Now that’s what I call typography, vol. 1’
Chris Wilson’s recent Reputations interview with Phil Baines (Eye 69) pointed out that his early work was ‘featured heavily in Typography Now: The Next Wave   (Booth-Clibborn Editions), selected by Rick Poynor and Why Not Associates in 1991. Here, by popular (and seasonal) demand, are a few examples of Phil’s work from that book.

18 December 2008

Reasons to be cheerful, part 2

Reasons to be cheerful, part 2

A message from Barney Bubbles in the small print? Or just Ian?
Like Mark Porter, I received an exciting package through the post the other day,

12 December 2008

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Spreads from the original Eye no. 6 article about Barney Bubbles
Something for the weekend. Here, by popular demand, are all the spreads from the original sixteen-page feature about Barney Bubbles in Eye no. 6 vol. 2.

10 December 2008

Milestone at the edge of the map

Milestone at the edge of the map

hamish thompson

New Zealand is geared up for its first international typography symposium
‘Small, perplexed post-colonial democracy seeking in-depth typographical conversation.’ Some want ads are made to go unanswered, writes Hamish Thompson from Wellington, New Zealand.

15 November 2008

Crouwel at ‘80 20 100’

Crouwel at ‘80 20 100’

the picture department

Images from the catalogue for the Rotterdam exhibition
Here, by popular demand, are some spreads from the catalogue to ‘80 20 100’, the Rotterdam exhibition of Wim Crouwel’s work mentioned in Chris Vermaas’s memoir of Frank Nijhof.
 
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