Magazines

8 April 2009

Cutting some Slack for the AR

Cutting some Slack for the AR

simon esterson

A framework that’s more than just a (projected) shadow of its former self
The Architectural Review, the 113-year-old monthly known simply as ‘the AR’ by its visually aware audience, has had a tough time of it over the past few years, writes Simon Esterson. Changes in ownership and a loss of design direction left it looking like an also-ran in a field it once dominated. I’ve been a keen follower of the AR since its Manplan issues (see Eye no. 54 vol. 14) sparked my interest in both architecture and magazine design in the school art room nearly 40 years ago, so it is very encouraging to see the redesigned April issue emerge phoenix-like from the inferno that is contemporary magazine publishing.

31 March 2009

Type, Metahaven and TDR

Type, Metahaven and TDR

the promotion department

Get your hands on a copy of Eye 71. Plus Type Week on the blog
The new issue of Eye 71 is out. And to celebrate, we are having our first-ever Type Week on the blog. Watch this space for blogs about typography books, typefaces, new technology and extracts from Eye 71.

19 March 2009

Eye 71 on press

Eye 71 on press

john l. walters

This is it: time to get physical with paper and ink
Since we took ownership of Eye last April, writes Eye editor John L. Walters, my fellow director (and art director) Simon Esterson has made a point of seeing every issue on and off press. Yesterday, Simon set off at the crack of dawn to Beacon Press in Uckfield, where the machines were being prepared for the latest Eye, a type special.

5 March 2009

Museum and magazine

Museum and magazine

the events department

New exhibitions at the Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland
The Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland, has published a magazine to coincide with its three new exhibitions, which run until early June:

25 February 2009

Is print really dirtier than online?

Is print really dirtier than online?

barney cox

Barney Cox’s technology feature from Eye 70 looks at green issues
When it comes to the environmental impact of communication media, print is usually singled out as the dirty old man, writes Barney Cox in ‘Foot prints’, Eye no.70. vol. 18. It is understandable why that should be. In the shiny, weightless online world, everything happens in the twinkling of an eye and it is possible to instantly view a Web page or email created on the other side of the world. With the rise of the iPhone, Wifi and 3G dongles, this viewing can be anywhere, as long as you have battery life and a few bars of signal.

29 January 2009

Art bollocks is everywhere you look

Art bollocks is everywhere you look

david thompson

Woolly ‘artspeak’ is nothing new, but who will stem the flow?
Rummage through a few critiques, blogs and press releases about contemporary art, and you see the same rhetorical tics and patterns, writes David Thompson. The word ‘strategies’ crops up a lot, along with ‘tackle’ and ‘interrogate’, often with an air of non-specific contradiction. It’s remarkable just how many art projects manage to do one vague, abstracted thing and – simultaneously – its equally vague, abstracted opposite. Works ‘hover’ between something and something else, while ‘exploring’ issues of pressing social import. Cryptic yet confident assertions seem obligatory.

26 January 2009

Broadsheet bounceback

Broadsheet bounceback

simon esterson

The Times redesigns its Saturday edition with some grand gestures
The Times appeared on Saturday morning (24 January 2009) in its new six-section configuration, writes Simon Esterson. The most obvious change is that the new Saturday Review section marks a return to broadsheet format. And after all those tabloids it does look big: a great sheet of newsprint, only really safely navigated at home on the Saturday breakfast table. (How do those Daily Telegraph readers manage on the train during the week?)

20 January 2009

The Times: from paper 2 mag

The Times: from paper 2 mag

simon esterson

Thunderer prepares for a revamp by quietly reworking its second section
Life’s tough if you publish a paid-for daily newspaper, writes Simon Esterson. There are rising newsprint prices and advertisers moving their budgets online (or just cutting them altogether) while readers desert you for the internet and free papers.

12 January 2009

Hey, good looking!

Hey, good looking!

norman hathaway

I braved designer scorn to champion the kings of Californian airbrush
‘Who wants to read a book about airbrush?’ Even one of my artist subjects was giving me shit about the decision to publish a book on 1970s airbrush art, writes Norman Hathaway. This project inspired so many grimaces and disgusted responses that I started to question it myself.

16 December 2008

What’s that sound? Who’s that girl?

What’s that sound? Who’s that girl?

Eye’s latest cover features Goldfrapp and Replica
People have been asking what’s on the cover of the latest Eye
 
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