Information Design

5 July 2012

Taught from a new angle

Taught from a new angle

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.

2 July 2012

The art of illumination

The art of illumination

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.

29 June 2012

Graphic and grotesque

Graphic and grotesque

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.

25 June 2012

Lady with the diagram

Lady with the diagram

anne-marie conway

Florence Nightingale on Crimean War mortality, 1858 – infodesign in Eye 82
The vision of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’, doing ward rounds in her Crimean war hospital, is embedded in the British psyche, writes Anne-Marie Conway in Eye 82.

18 June 2012

A circle that moved the earth

A circle that moved the earth

alexander ecob

Copernicus’s diagram of the planets, 1543 – infodesign history in Eye 82
With the spread of print and Protestantism dethroning old sources of certainty, sixteenth-century Germany was ripe for revolution, writes Alexander Ecob in Eye 82.

13 June 2012

Charts change minds

Charts change minds

anne-marie conway

Description of the slave ship Brookes, 1788 – infodesign history in Eye 82
Eighteenth-century abolitionists used every propaganda tool in the book, but one of their most widely circulated visual aids was an innovative diagram of the Liverpool slave ship Brookes, first published in 1788, writes Anne-Marie Conway in Eye 82.

11 June 2012

Out of the box

Out of the box

the events department

Eye magazine curates an ‘archive night’ at St Bride Library in London
On Thursday 28 June 2012 we’re inviting a small panel of designers and writers to present their ‘Desert Island Discs’ selection of items from the vast archive of design, typography and printing history at St Bride Library, near Fleet Street in London.

8 June 2012

Time after time

Time after time

mason wells

Mason Wells examines an Olympic Games schedule from Munich 1972
Only after the viewer has folded back the discreet cover featuring the beautiful ‘Wreath of Rays’ logo is the energy of this document fully revealed, writes Mason Wells in Eye 63.

29 May 2012

Type Tuesday: West coast ghosts

Type Tuesday: West coast ghosts

john l. walters, type tuesday

This Emigre type specimen celebrates a lost era of LPs and recording studios
I once heard someone dismiss a former boyfriend with the put-down, ‘he’s the sort of person who files his records in alphabetical order.’ Which prompted me to think: ‘what other sort of person is there?’ writes John L. Walters.

28 May 2012

From scraping to chirping

From scraping to chirping

matt edgar, pamela bowman

Manchester’s Future Everything conference looks to everybody’s future
The sold-out ‘Future Everything’ conference was part of a large and wide-ranging programme of events, exhibitions and workshops spread across several Manchester venues, including the ‘Future Everybody’ exhibition, which runs until 12 June 2012.
 
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