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3 October 2013

Sonic treasure chest

Sonic treasure chest

Graphic scores go on the road – played by an alchemical, avant-garde supergroup of musicians prepared to turn line, type and image into sound
This month, an ensemble of five extraordinary musicians takes to the road to perform graphic scores (see ‘Sound code image’ in Eye 26).

1 October 2013

Seymour and Milton

Seymour and Milton

A poster show at Kemistry Gallery celebrates two founders of New York’s Push Pin studio
A current exhibition at the small Kemistry gallery in Shoreditch features posters by Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser, two of the founders of New York’s celebrated Push Pin studio. We asked Kemistry founder Graham McCallum about his love for their work.

26 September 2013

High-priced ephemera

High-priced ephemera

A unique version of Joost Schmidt’s iconic Bauhaus poster may reach a record price at auction. By Graham Twemlow
One year after its blockbuster sale ‘Posters with a Purpose: the London Transport Museum Sale’ (see ‘The purpose of posters’ on the Eye blog) Christie’s South Kensington are staging another one-off poster sale.

16 September 2013

Even further beyond Beck

Even further beyond Beck

Extended review: Rob Waller takes a closer look at Underground Maps Unravelled by psychologist Maxwell Roberts
Harry Beck’s underground map has to be the most celebrated and discussed instance of information design, writes Rob Waller.

10 September 2013

Letraset Tuesday at St Bride

Letraset Tuesday at St Bride

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Come to St Bride tonight to hear Dan ‘Ultrasparky’ Rhatigan, Tony Rushton (Private Eye) and Letraset designers Dave Farey & Colin Brignall.
Tonight’s Type Tuesday at St Bride Library in London features Dan ‘Ultrasparky’ Rhatigan, Tony Rushton (Private Eye) and Letraset designers Dave Farey and Colin Brignall.

6 August 2013

A mag for Bob

A mag for Bob

88 magazine lovers have made this one-off newsprint publication for a good cause – raising money to support mag maven Bob Newman
Last March (2013), art director Bob Newman suffered an appalling accident in a swimming pool.

29 July 2013

From cave to code

From cave to code

Designer Scott W. Santoro writes about the lessons he learned while producing a textbook for graphic design students
My young son once asked, ‘Why are we here?’, writes Scott W. Santoro. When the question was flipped back to him, ‘Why do you think we are here, Ellis?’, he responded, ‘To learn stuff!’

16 July 2013

Mid-century matters

Mid-century matters

Mid-twentieth century posters catch a contemporary mood at Christie’s vintage poster auction
At a recent Christie’s sale of vintage posters, the most popular represented campaigns from the mid-twentieth century, writes Holly Harris.

28 June 2013

Two sides of propaganda

Two sides of propaganda

A new exhibition recounts the history of political persuasion, from coins to tweets.
The British Library’s exhibition, ‘Propaganda: Power and Persuasion’, shows a 1982 political cartoon that was drawn shortly after martial law was imposed in Poland. The drawing is of General Jaruzelski, a Polish political leader, attempting to bridge the gap between two sides of a widening chasm. The left side represents propaganda; the right represents reality, writes Katy Canada.

26 June 2013

Sinhala’s voluptuous letters

Sinhala’s voluptuous letters

A collaboration – between Columbo, in Sri Lanka, and Falmouth, in the UK – explores the typographic possibilities of the Sinhalese abugida
The orthography of the Sinhalese, one of the peoples of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka‚ is one of three writing systems that populate the visible culture of the south Asian island nation, writes Timothy Donaldson.
 
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