Book design

15 April 2011

Critique: Kiki in graphic detail

Critique: Kiki in graphic detail

rick poynor

Catel’s quick-fire sketches illustrate the life of a Surrealist icon
I had some reservations about Kiki de Montparnasse, a new graphic biography of the artists’ model and muse, painter, singer of bawdy songs and celebrity, who came to fame in Paris in the 1920s, writes Rick Poynor in Eye 79.

14 April 2011

Mapping it up

Mapping it up

alexander ecob

Embrace the inner cartographer of artists and graphic designers
I’ve yet to meet a designer who doesn’t harbour a fondness for maps, writes Alexander Ecob.

14 February 2011

Billion-dollar brainteaser

Billion-dollar brainteaser

gill ross

Gill Ross on David McCandless’s ‘beautiful’ Billion-Dollar-O-Gram
Great moments in information design (continued). We have so much access to information now, writes Gill Ross. According to Kim Baer’s Information Design Workbook (Rockport, 2008), there are more than 3000 books published worldwide every day, and a week’s worth of The New York Times is estimated to contain more information than someone in the eighteenth century was likely to come across in a lifetime.

8 February 2011

The numbers man

The numbers man

alexander ecob

Nicholas Felton talks to Eye about the allure of data-driven storytelling
As he reaches the final stages of his latest Annual Report, Nicholas Felton finds time to give Eye magazine an exclusive interview, writes Alexander Ecob.

19 January 2011

Rip and recycle

Rip and recycle

alexander ecob, books received

A tear-out-and-frame approach to sustainable graphics
Many regard climate change as a problem, but there are precious few who conquer their apathy long enough to do anything about it, writes Alexander Ecob.

18 January 2011

Brit Insurance Design Awards

Brit Insurance Design Awards

john ridpath, the awards department

Bantjes, Shandy, Flipboard and E.Chromi make the (long) shortlist
London’s Design Museum announced the shortlist for this year’s Brit Insurance Design awards this morning. Eye readers will spot some familiar work among the nominees – not least two beautiful books featured in Eye 77: Visual Edition’s Tristam Shandy (below) and Marian Bantjes’ decorative feast I Wonder (pictured top; see also ‘A sense of wonder’ on the Eye blog).

4 January 2011

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

feike de jong, jan middendorp

A Dutch designer rediscovered and now remembered for his letterforms
Just before Christmas, Dutch designer and illustrator Boudewijn Ietswaart passed away at his home in Amsterdam at the age of 74. Ietswaart lived to see his brilliant letterforms from the 1960s come to life again as digital fonts in the last year of his life, write Feike de Jong and Jan Middendorp.

31 December 2010

Double vision

Double vision

The Stone Twins come clean about their obsessions with a sticker book
They may be celebrating their 40th birthday, but the Stone Twins show no sign of growing up writes Alexander Ecob.

14 December 2010

Avant G

Avant G

books received

For ‘readers who delight and believe in the validity of artists’ visions’
A new book due to be published by Tate Publishing next year reproduces all six editions of G, the avant-garde journal published by Hans Richter in Berlin between 1923 and 1926.

8 December 2010

Take (imaginary) cover

Take (imaginary) cover

liz farrelly

Book design fans shelter from the snow at StolenSpace’s ‘Never judge …’ show
Despite the snowy weather, London’s art and design fans came out in force last Thursday for the launch of an unprecedented alliance, writes Liz Farrelly. Those guardians of literary taste, Penguin Books, have teamed up with StolenSpace, an artist-run gallery that’s fast becoming a 21st-century cultural landmark.
 
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