Information Design

1 November 2012

Common ground: a designer’s letter from Venice

Common ground: a designer’s letter from Venice

stencils

John Morgan explains the thinking behind his visual identity for the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice (director David Chipperfield).
The Venetian stencil street signs or nizioletti don’t prevent you from getting lost in the labyrinth. But they allow you to get lost in the most elegant way writes John Morgan.

19 October 2012

‘X’ marks the spot

‘X’ marks the spot

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ‘Election special’, packed with striking infographics, shows there is still space for innovation on the newsstand.
The latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek is an election special, packed with the kind of stimulating editorial information design we have come to expect from the team led by Richard Turley.

3 October 2012

The purpose of posters

The purpose of posters

London Transport’s spare posters go under the hammer at Christie’s tomorrow.
‘Of course it's not about graphic design,’ said my friend, glancing at the high proportion of besuited viewers. ‘It’s about money!’

20 August 2012

Smoke bomb

Smoke bomb

Australia’s decision to ‘unbrand’ tobacco packaging demands more debate, says Alex Cameron
Last week I woke to the news that cigarette packaging is to be ‘un-designed’ as a result of a landmark ruling by the highest court in Australia, writes Alex Cameron. As a result, from December, all fag packets will be olive green, and dominated by large graphic health warnings, with the manufacturers' names printed in a small generic font.

11 August 2012

Noted #42

Noted #42

Olympic graphics watch 3 – stamps, steely Jess Ennis, ringing in the data and icons of the Times
More Olympic graphics (and more to come, once the Paralympics get going). Here are some more sightings from Eye readers and contributors.

26 July 2012

The Olympic press gang

The Olympic press gang

Editorial designers get into the fast lane to deliver print for the Games
One big, but largely unsung design challenge of the 2012 Olympic Games has been the print production and design of 55 different publications, from the 196-page, perfect-bound Official Programme to an Olympics daily, the first of which is due to roll off the presses early on Saturday morning, writes John L. Walters.

24 July 2012

Crashing through the type

Crashing through the type

Time magazine infographics by Nigel Holmes, 1970s – infodesign in Eye 82
It was good luck, really, writes Nigel Holmes. Walter Bernard, Time’s art director, was looking for someone to do the magazine’s charts and diagrams when I walked into his New York office in September 1977, during a job-finding visit to the United States.

20 July 2012

Gays, junkies & Africans: who cares?

Gays, junkies & Africans: who cares?

The international challenges of communicating AIDS awareness
Contemporary consumer society has particular features that present communication challenges for the social service sector, writes Lynne Ciochetto.

18 July 2012

Training the big guns

Training the big guns

Peter Sullivan’s newspaper war visuals, 1970s & 80s – from Eye 82
Peter Sullivan worked at The Sunday Times in the 1970s and 80s, an era when the newspaper innovated in every department from editorial design and photography to investigative journalism, writes Max Gadney in Eye 82.

11 July 2012

Big business, big world

Big business, big world

Herbert Bayer’s World Geo-Graphic Atlas, 1953 – infodesign in Eye 82
Long before multinational corporations discovered the usefulness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in ameliorating a public relations disaster, companies such as the Container Corporation of America (CCA) were pursuing the profit motive with a socially aware ethos embedded in practice, writes Peter Brawne in Eye 82.
 
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