Design history

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.

12 November 2008

St Bride Letterpress Day

St Bride Letterpress Day

simon esterson

The twenty-six soldiers of lead are on the march
There were pictures of proofing presses in studios, giant Wharfdales in barns, Heidelberg cylinders in converted railway arches and lots of type (as above), writes Simon Esterson. St Bride’s celebration of letterpress in London on 7 November was as much about an enthusiasm for the physical technology as a passion for typography.

7 November 2008

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

chris vermaas

Memoir of a great Dutch booksellerby Chris Vermaas
Frank Nijhof was a neighbour, and one of my favourite booksellers. I lived around the corner of the very fine bookstore Nijhof & Lee that Frank started with his partner Warren: I knew the good man well. Frank got sick a year ago with a cancer that could not be cured: it was really bad. You know, you start to understand the value of a person when he or she is not around anymore.

5 November 2008

Giant Steps

Giant Steps

q&a

Michal Levy: Colour has the same effect it had when we were ‘cavemen’
Previously unpublished ‘beyond the canon’ Q&A with Michal Levy about design history. Levy, now resident in Philadelphia, US, comes from Tel Aviv, Israel.

3 November 2008

Q&A with Adam + S

Q&A with Adam + S

q&a

We are like journalists, just visual.Our work looks like our client
More from summer’s ‘beyond the canon’ special issue. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Adam + Sébastien on the Eye site.

31 October 2008

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

archive

Lou Dorfsman’s mural for the CBS cafeteria, from Eye no. 20 vol. 5
Lou Dorfsman died last week at 90. The Web is full of tributes (old and recent) to the great CBS art director, including Steven Heller’s obit in the New York Times,  Michael Bierut’s ‘The Four Lessons of Lou Dorfsman’ on Design Observer and Jim Schachterle’s ‘The Wall that Lou Dorfsman Built’ on Speak Up.

31 October 2008

Quantum of Croydon

Quantum of Croydon

john l. walters

Living in a box between the flyover and the market
I’ve always been amused by scientific references in titles, writes John L. Walters (and as a former maths / physics student, I’ve used some myself), but it’s odd to see the word ‘Quantum’, whether it’s in a pop group, a TV show, the latest Bond, or Quantum Publishing (later ‘Business Media’), the now-defunct company that owned Eye (and employed me) for several years until 2005. Quantum - meaning: 'the smallest measurable difference’ - bought Eye magazine as part of a ‘lucky bag’ of magazines from Emap.
 
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