Information Design

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.

31 March 2011

Fresh garbage

Fresh garbage

archive, homepage, medicine, science

‘Matter out of place’ and filthy reality at the Wellcome’s new show
The Wellcome Collection’s new show is all about ‘Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life’, writes Rosie Walters. The science, the sociology, the history and the horror of waste forms the basis of this free London exhibition. It is not based on the science of dirt, but on the context in which it is found, and our attitudes towards it over the years.

4 March 2011

Context is king

Context is king

alexander ecob

Life-logging could be a treasure trove for information designers
Hardly a week goes by without a new story of someone’s personal data being left on a train or farmed by Facebook, but a new wave of solipsistic statisticians are taking advantage of their own to do some soul-searching, writes Alexander Ecob.

21 February 2011

God’s eye view

God’s eye view

anne burdick

Anne Burdick navigates the hippy aesthetics of The Universal Traveler
Great moments in information design (continued). I was cleaning out my father’s studio library when I found The Universal Traveler, writes Anne Burdick. Subtitled A Soft-Systems Guide to: Creativity, Problem-Solving and the Process of Reaching Goals, it sat alongside other books that Californian techno-eco-utopian designers were reading in the 1970s: The Gutenberg Galaxy, Paolo Soleri’s Arcology (read Rick Poynor’s ‘The designer as architect’ in Eye 32), Buckminster Fuller’s 4d Timelock, and The Whole Earth Catalog (see ‘Tool-shop for a counterculture’ in Eye 78).

14 February 2011

Billion-dollar brainteaser

Billion-dollar brainteaser

gill ross

Gill Ross on David McCandless’s ‘beautiful’ Billion-Dollar-O-Gram
Great moments in information design (continued). We have so much access to information now, writes Gill Ross. According to Kim Baer’s Information Design Workbook (Rockport, 2008), there are more than 3000 books published worldwide every day, and a week’s worth of The New York Times is estimated to contain more information than someone in the eighteenth century was likely to come across in a lifetime.

11 February 2011

Musicalculator

Musicalculator

the music department

Let musical data communicate the sweet sound of information
The latest issue of Eye celebrates the visualisation of information (among other things), but let’s not forget our other senses.

9 February 2011

Seven-colour marathon

Seven-colour marathon

john l. walters, the production department

On press at Pureprint with Simon Esterson; printing the Eye 78 cover
A few weeks ago I went down to Uckfield, to see Eye 78 on press at Pureprint (below, the printers formerly known as Beacon Press), where we have printed Eye since the magazine became independent in April 2008, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.
 
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