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15 April 2013

No pressure

No pressure

A glimpse at the ethos behind Alliance Graphique Internationale and the upcoming AGI Open London 2013
The public profile of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) is not especially high, which is a little surprising considering the members who belong to it, writes Tony Brook.

12 April 2013

Offset 2013: day two

Offset 2013: day two

Gag-happy Vaughan Oliver recalls ‘holding a comma on the end of my scalpel.’ Pam Bowman continues her coverage of the Dublin conference.
Saturday began with Irish Children’s Laureate Niamh Sharkey, writes Pam Bowman, in the second of three reports from Offset 2013

10 April 2013

Apocalyptic words

Apocalyptic words

Do designers read and write? The Blunt conference aims to inject more writing into design education. Preview by Linda Kwon.
Graphic design is by and large a visual practice used as a tool in the service of others, writes Linda Kwon. The field of design has given little attention to nurturing an integrated practice of writing and criticism.

9 April 2013

Offset 2013: day one

Offset 2013: day one

Bob Gill, Louise Fili and Ben Bos explain why design is ‘not a profession but a way of life.’ Pam Bowman reports from the Dublin conference.
Starting at 10am on Friday 5 April and finishing at 7pm the following Sunday, Offset 2013 had a demanding, exhausting programme, writes Pam Bowman. However it was hugely inspirational, with parties to boot!

3 April 2013

Music design eye candy

Music design eye candy

Rich in reproductions and spanning a wide range of musical genres, Classic Rock Posters is eye candy for anyone interested in music poster design, writes Holly Harris.

26 March 2013

Banham’s Melbourne letters

Banham’s Melbourne letters

The first thing you think on flipping through Characters is: Wow, I wouldn’t mind living in Melbourne, writes Robert Hanks.

24 March 2013

AGI Open – the ‘graphic design World Cup’?

AGI Open – the ‘graphic design World Cup’?

The Alliance Graphique Internationale pulls out the stops for a two-day, student-oriented event at London’s Barbican this autumn
Last Wednesday saw a rare gathering of some of the UK’s most senior designers (David Gentleman, Sean Perkins, Margaret Calvert, Henrik Kubel), and design educators, crammed into a small room at the Design Museum to announce an event at London’s Barbican Centre on 26-27 September – AGI Open.

21 March 2013

Journey to the endless archive

Journey to the endless archive

Future Everything launches with a downloadable collection of essays that explore the ideas behind ‘digital public space’
Future Everything, just opened in Manchester, is tackling the issue of ‘public space’ in the digital realm.

18 March 2013

Noted #51

Noted #51

Sign painters, film trailers, Nieves’ zines, Tom Gauld and Pencil to Pixel in New York
A few books, videos, zines and events that caught our eye …

7 March 2013

Wanted: space for posters

Wanted: space for posters

In the wake of last week’s V&A symposium, two attendees make an impassioned plea for the foundation of a British poster museum.
For more than two centuries the poster has occupied public space on hoardings, building sites, the sides of buses and commercial vehicles, plus every conceivable spot where these images might be caught within the public eye, write Naomi and Daniel Games.
 
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