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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oliver Byrne’s Elements of Euclid, 1847 – infodesign history in Eye 82
Euclid’s Elements has been the introductory text to geometry since it was compiled by the Greek mathematician around 300 BCE, writes Alexander Ecob in Eye 82.
Will Burtin, the man who invented infodesign, 1940s – from Eye 82
Born in 1908 in a working-class district of Cologne, nothing about Will Burtin’s childhood suggested that the boy would one day pioneer several fields of graphic design, writes Robert Fripp in Eye 82.
Hidden Treasure shows the human body in all its pathos and horror.
Hidden Treasure is a deceptively innocuous title for a book devoted to pictures of skin diseases, deformity, war wounds, experimental surgery and blood-chilling health warnings, writes Rick Poynor in his latest Critique.