Design history

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.

3 June 2013

Private fears of public speaking

Private fears of public speaking

A report from day two of the inaugural Point conference in London
Conference themes are often loosely interpreted by speakers and the themes themselves leave space for interpretation, writes Sarah Snaith in the second of two reports from the conference (see John O’Reilly’s ‘Talking about the A-word’ on the Eye blog).

20 May 2013

Tear-off type walls in Berlin

Tear-off type walls in Berlin

The Bauhaus Archive presents a tour of German-language typographic history with ‘On-Type: Texts on Typography’.
They say that an exhibition should never be a book on a wall, but ‘On-Type’ is exactly that. The entire exhibition is made up of many books and texts all over the walls at Berlin’s Bauhaus Archive, writes Jessica Jenkins.

16 May 2013

Innovating the future

Innovating the future

FutureEverything founder Drew Hemment has been using art and design to ‘curate innovation’ since the dawn of internet culture
Following up from the FutureEverything Summit in Manchester, Linda Kwon talks with FutureEverything founder Drew Hemment.

3 May 2013

Out of the box in New York

Out of the box in New York

The first Eye archive night to be held outside London takes place at the Pencil to Pixel show in New York next Monday evening
Early next week, On Monday 6 May 2013, we will be in New York, where we’re inviting a number of local designers and writers to present a ‘Desert Island Discs’ selection of items from Monotype’s rich archive of typographic history – some of which is on show at the company’s ‘Pencil to Pixel’ exhibition in Tribeca, which opens tonight.

17 April 2013

Offset 2013: day three

Offset 2013: day three

Craig & Karl, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Silas Neal, Ben Newman and Kate Moross take the stage. Pam Bowman reports on her final day in Dublin.
The last day of the conference began with the design pair Craig and Karl. writes Pam Bowman, in the third and final report from Offset 2013.

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.
 
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