Information Design

28 July 2011

Lost in space

Lost in space

archive, homepage

Why do architects believe their wordless buildings are easy to read?
‘Sign designers are convinced that architects don’t like them,’ writes Rob Waller, in his provocative Monitor piece in the latest issue of Eye (no. 80 vol. 20).

21 July 2011

Measure for measure

Measure for measure

alexander ecob

A closer look at some neglected rules for typographic design.
When we opened Taschen’s new English edition of Letter Fountain to photograph it for Ben Archer’s review in Eye 80, there was a slim implement (below) that I assumed had gone the way of composing sticks and Letraset sheets, writes Alexander Ecob.

14 July 2011

Sea of information

Sea of information

john l. walters

Digital design shines new light on the National Maritime Museum contents
The Sammy Ofer wing of the National Maritime Museum, which opens today, offers three different approaches to digital design: as spectacle, as archive and as immersive experience, writes John L. Walters.

11 July 2011

Monopoly games

Monopoly games

john ridpath

A handful of companies control online publishing, but what are the rules?
Design Week’s recent move from print to online-only might turn a profit in the short term, but the Web exposes publications to the whims of a few ruling monopolies, writes John Ridpath.

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.

9 June 2011

Bliss in that evening to be alive

Bliss in that evening to be alive

lucienne roberts, rebecca wright

The founders of GraphicDesign& describe their inaugural event.
It’s strange that graphic designers rarely seem to talk about one of the most interesting aspects of the job – that it involves working with and learning about so many other areas and disciplines beyond graphic design, write Rebecca Wright and Lucienne Roberts. We founded GraphicDesign& to foreground the relationship between graphic design and the extraordinarily wide range of subjects to which it connects.

22 May 2011

World’s greatest sign?

World’s greatest sign?

mike kippenhan

Stockton’s Sno-White dwarfs the opposition, says Mike Kippenhan
Declaring one singular sign the ‘Greatest in the World’ is as recklessly bold as it is provincial, writes Mike Kippenhan. But if a sign were to achieve this honour, the one for Sno-White Drive-in, on the south side of Stockton, California, would be it.

13 May 2011

Life / work / dog balance

Life / work / dog balance

eye editors

An Eye video interview with Morag Myerscough… and Lemmy
The latest issue of Eye profiles Morag Myerscough in the feature ‘In the thick of it’.  Myerscough is a designer who puts an eclectic graphic sensibility into public spaces, injecting colour, pattern and big type into schools, health centres and other installations.

5 May 2011

A right royal show

A right royal show

liz farrelly

Middle England and middle managers under a steaming pile of Modern Cloth
How often do you walk round an exhibition laughing out loud, asks Liz Farrelly? Not because you can’t believe what you’re seeing, but genuinely because framed on the wall are a bunch of very funny jokes, pointing out the absurdities of ‘modern’ life, and played out by a cast of the simplest, hand-drawn ‘characters’.

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.
 
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