Book design

15 September 2011

Typotranslation: à l’infinitif

Typotranslation: à l’infinitif

the form of the book

Richard Hamilton turned Duchamp’s notes into typographic form
‘It’s as though a science textbook has been put into type by an intoxicated typographer with a strange sense of humour and unusual aesthetic flair,’ wrote Rick Poynor in ‘Typotranslation’, published in Eye 38 at the end of 2000.

22 August 2011

Picture book

Picture book

john ridpath

A new publication from Newport’s Photographic Art graduates
For Eye 77’s education piece, ‘Out of the Darkroom’, I spoke to academics involved in the undergraduate Photographic Art course at University of Wales, Newport, writes John Ridpath. One of the most interesting recent developments on the course has been the final year publication, introduced in the 2007-08 academic year to offer students something beyond the typical end-of-degree show.

12 August 2011

Noted #6

Noted #6

noted

Giants of design and publishing, plus vision, sound and ragtime
More links to sites, articles and interviews that grabbed  our attention this week.

9 August 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

alex cameron, type tuesday

Scholarly and beautiful, a 1918 book by typographer Frederic W. Goudy
Frederic W. Goudy was one of the most prolific type designers of the twentieth century, writes Alex Cameron. At a time when Europe was contending with social, technical and cultural revolution, Goudy remained an uncompromising and unapologetic defender of the classical typographic faith. (See ‘Goudy, the good ol’ boy’, Matthew Carter’s review of D. J. R. Bruckner’s biography, in Eye 3.)

13 July 2011

Magic library

Magic library

maureen chowdhury

J. K. Rowling’s Pottermore site aims to put reading (and readers) at its heart
7000 people bustled through the streets of Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square for the final Harry Potter movie premiere, writes Maureen Chowdhury; fans waiting for the chance to say one last farewell to the series that has defined a generation.

16 June 2011

Letter to Jane

Letter to Jane

alan baines

Graphic Design course director Alan Baines writes to the CSM bosses.
The student protests at University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins (CSM) have highlighted problems with the college’s move to a new site at King’s Cross (KX)  and the relocation of certain print facilities to the Byam Shaw building in Archway, three miles north of the new campus.

7 June 2011

Canapés, alcohol and tea in Iran

Canapés, alcohol and tea in Iran

john l. walters

Olivier Kugler wins the top prize at the V&A Illustration Awards 2011.
Awards ceremonies tend to follow a familiar pattern, writes Eye editor John L. Walters. Plenty of alcohol, fast-emptying plates of tiny canapés, long speeches – from sponsors, organisers and judges – followed by lots of individual categories, speeches, photo-opportunities and engraved Perspex trophies.

4 June 2011

Critique commentary

Critique commentary

rick poynor

Rick Poynor selects DVD covers from the Criterion Collection’s film list.
In ‘Commitment to content’, my latest Web-only Critique, I have written about the design of the Criterion Collection of DVDs, writes Eye writer at large Rick Poynor. Here, we present a selection of 22 covers from more than 500 films in the ever-expanding, numbered collection, highlighting four visual approaches used by art director Sarah Habibi, head of the Criterion art department, and Criterion’s designer, Eric Skillman.

1 June 2011

The timelessness of craft

The timelessness of craft

john warwicker

Karel Martens and OASE on show at the Narrows in Melbourne
As founder of Werkplaats Typografie, the two-year masters programme at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, and designer of the Dutch architectural journal OASE, Karel Martens is one of the most influential and well respected graphic designers of the past few decades, writes John Warwicker.

24 May 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

type tuesday

Faith in asymmetry. John D. Berry on Jan Tschichold and Active Literature
What makes Jan Tschichold so interesting is not his theories but his practice. None of his dogmatic theories would matter much, writes John D. Berry , if he hadn’t been a superb typographer.
 
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