Design history

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.

30 October 2008

Q&A with William Hall

Q&A with William Hall

q&a

New technologies haven’t changed the creative process
Another dialogue about the function of graphic design history. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with William Hall on the Eye site.

29 October 2008

Missing link

Missing link

esther cleven

The Netherlands begins to value its design history – with a new society
Though many Dutch designers are world famous, few Dutch design historians are, writes Esther Cleven. In itself, this is not surprising – writing history (apart from the political sort) is hardly the best way to get well known – but what is surprising is how few Dutch researchers and writers address the subject.

22 October 2008

Q&A with Barbara Ehrbar

Q&A with Barbara Ehrbar

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I’ve started being bored by graphic design . . . new things are rare
New post! Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Barbara Ehrbar on the Eye site.

19 October 2008

Q&A with Pedro Inoue

Q&A with Pedro Inoue

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‘Design history is deeply linked with local culture’
Talking about graphic design history. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Pedro Inoue on the Eye website.

14 October 2008

On the slab

On the slab

the type department

A hard-working 1970s typeface comes back from the cold
From the type department.  Another strong feature of the New York Magazine anniversary issue (see the recent Eye blog) is the powerful use of the Egyptian Bold Condensed display font. It’s a direct reference to the original Milton Glaser / Walter Bernard design   of the magazine (see the 1973 cover, above, and feature spread, below).

14 October 2008

Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

roger sabin

A bumpy ride with Alan Aldridge:The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes
The Design Museum is hosting an Alan Aldridge retrospective, writes Roger Sabin. ‘Just go along to the private view,’ chirps the editor, ‘and blog a few hundred words about your first impressions.’ Hmmm.

10 October 2008

Q&A with Giampietro+Smith

Q&A with Giampietro+Smith

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‘Teaching history as a set of facts is only half the story’
More questions and answers about design history. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Giampietro+Smith on the Eye site.

8 October 2008

How Mexico went for gold

How Mexico went for gold

A glorious rerun of the 1968 Olympics identity . . . with one omission
I had no idea until a friend mentioned it, writes Daoud Sarhandi. ‘Congratulations,’ he said, ‘the quotes look great.’ Quotes? What quotes? ‘Mexico 1968. In the museum … the Museo de Arte Moderno.’ And so Carolina Rivas and I went, with our daughter, into Mexico City to take a look at ‘Designing Mexico 1968: An Olympic Identity’. Although I hadn't revisited the subject since ‘This is Mexico … this is 1968’ was published in Eye 56 – or rather since I was forced to reply in Eye 59 to a critical letter written by Eduardo Terrazas and Beatrice Trueblood – I felt right at home among the artefacts and epoch in the museum.
 
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