Posters

27 January 2009

Barack, Marvin and John. And Miles

Barack, Marvin and John. And Miles

john l. walters

Now we have a world leader who looks like a visionary musician
Rageh Omaar, speaking on the BBC TV programme This Week, noted that it is easy for western commentators to underestimate the significance of one aspect of Obama’s presidency, writes John L. Walters. That, for the first time, the majority of the world is seeing a US president who is more like them: not white, and with a non-European name.

22 January 2009

Treasure trove of graphic resistance

Treasure trove of graphic resistance

noel douglas

Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution
What better time to see an exhibition of work by Emory Douglas, the official artist of the Black Panther Party, asks Noel Douglas (no relation – Ed). Like the Panthers, Barack Obama’s campaign also made highly visible use of ‘street’ graphics, with strong networks of grassroots flyposting, and the connections – and differences – between the two periods are made obvious as you walk around Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution at Urbis in Manchester.

15 January 2009

Design blitz at the museum

Design blitz at the museum

véronique vienne

Antoine+Manuel cram their oeuvre into the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
One goes to openings to gawk at people as much as the art, writes Véronique Vienne. Last night the upbeat Antoine+Manuel show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris was no exception. Everyone looked cool, no matter how haphazard their sense of colour. Weeks of freezing weather had sorely tested the fashion flair of most Parisians, but the exhibition’s over-the-top décor had a glamorising effect on the motley crowd wandering from room to room.

20 December 2008

Writing on the wall

Writing on the wall

jessica jenkins

Naples takes its Mafia anguish to the streets

Today, on 20 December, Naples leads Italy on to the streets to protest about political indifference towards the Camorra…

19 December 2008

Phil’s top type hits

Phil’s top type hits

the type department

Or . . . ‘Now that’s what I call typography, vol. 1’
Chris Wilson’s recent Reputations interview with Phil Baines (Eye 69) pointed out that his early work was ‘featured heavily in Typography Now: The Next Wave   (Booth-Clibborn Editions), selected by Rick Poynor and Why Not Associates in 1991. Here, by popular (and seasonal) demand, are a few examples of Phil’s work from that book.

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’.

15 November 2008

Crouwel at ‘80 20 100’

Crouwel at ‘80 20 100’

the picture department

Images from the catalogue for the Rotterdam exhibition
Here, by popular demand, are some spreads from the catalogue to ‘80 20 100’, the Rotterdam exhibition of Wim Crouwel’s work mentioned in Chris Vermaas’s memoir of Frank Nijhof.

12 September 2008

Up against the wall

Up against the wall

andrew howard

The Poster-Film Collective. Beyond the designer-client relationship
The Summer 2008 issue of Eye, no. 68, went ‘Beyond the canon’ to question and to enlarge the accepted pantheon of graphic design; here, designer Andrew Howard draws attention to the History Sets of posters produced by the Poster-Film Collective.

5 September 2008

Two degrees of (colour) separation

Two degrees of (colour) separation

john l. walters

Graphic Rolling Stones artefacts are saved for the nation
It began with a letter – addressed to the designer at the Royal College of Art, writes John L. Walters.

7 August 2008

Propaganda on cheap paper

Propaganda on cheap paper

steven heller

In Eye no. 67, Steven Heller reviewed Paper Tigers (Chronicle) the Cushing and Tompkins book about Chinese posters from 1966-76, the period known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. You can read his review here, and see below for some images we didn’t have room to show in the published issue.
 
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