Magazines

15 December 2008

As if obstacles were not an issue

As if obstacles were not an issue

Good magazine hosts a problem-solving event in LA
Is design really about problem-solving? And if so, how often are those problems really serious? An event in Los Angeles this coming Thursday aims to tackle some really weighty challenges, such as ‘isolation’, ‘traffic’ and ‘earthquakes’.

12 December 2008

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Spreads from the original Eye no. 6 article about Barney Bubbles
Something for the weekend. Here, by popular demand, are all the spreads from the original sixteen-page feature about Barney Bubbles in Eye no. 6 vol. 2.

5 December 2008

Eye no. 70 on press (part two)

Eye no. 70 on press (part two)

jay prynne

Measuring, inking, powdering, drying, stacking, lifting and binding
A few days ago we went down to Beacon Press to see the latest issue of Eye hit the presses, writes Jay Prynne.

3 December 2008

Eye 70 covers on press!

Eye 70 covers on press!

the production department

Eye no. 70 is on the way,with features about ‘digital craft’, DixonBaxi, theatre programmes and the importance of ‘making it real’. Here’s Jay’s snap of the covers on press at Beacon, above.

1 December 2008

Sticky fingers

Sticky fingers

brand madness

Brand madness or closure? The Eye parcel tapes have arrived
The rolls of Eye parcel tape have arrived, looking almost Christmassy.

28 November 2008

MAP/making’s acid test

MAP/making’s acid test

john l. walters

Music, art and performance in action at the Royal College
What is it about the last Thursday in November in London, asks John L. Walters? There were at least half a dozen events competing for our attention: Sanky doing a D&AD lecture; the launch of the AR’s Emerging Architecture at RIBA; Jost Hochuli at St Bride; the ‘Deface Value’ view at Mutate Britain; and so on . . . The one I opted for was a specially commissioned presentation of live audio-visual work at the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery at the Royal College of Art.

7 November 2008

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

chris vermaas

Memoir of a great Dutch booksellerby Chris Vermaas
Frank Nijhof was a neighbour, and one of my favourite booksellers. I lived around the corner of the very fine bookstore Nijhof & Lee that Frank started with his partner Warren: I knew the good man well. Frank got sick a year ago with a cancer that could not be cured: it was really bad. You know, you start to understand the value of a person when he or she is not around anymore.

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.

20 October 2008

The Independent: too gaudy for words

The Independent: too gaudy for words

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye blog
I always liked the idea of The Independent and there have been a couple of periods, especially after it launched in 1986, when I defected to it from The Guardian. Even so, it has been a long time since I read it regularly, although the campaigning front pages produced since its 2005 redesign by Cases i Associats were eye-catching and occasionally led me to buy it. My main stumbling block is the tabloid page (and that goes for The Times, too). No matter how these two papers might rationalise the switch from broadsheet, the smaller size – also used by the Daily Mail – remains inherently down-market. The Guardian’s brilliantly managed move into new territory with the Berliner format underlined how dowdy, unimaginative and old-fashioned its rivals had become. 
 
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