Graphic Design

16 July 2009

Pictures for rent

Pictures for rent

the back issue department

Spreads from Abbott Miller’s article about stock photography in Eye 14
In this article from Eye no. 14, Autumn 1994, designer J. Abbott Miller discusses the use of stock photography, ‘which makes up a kind of corporate vernacular that informs almost all levels of graphic design’. You can read an extract from ‘Pictures for rent’ on the Eye website.

13 July 2009

Trouble getting through the door?

Trouble getting through the door?

mike radcliffe

Brand agencies can teach designers a thing or two about storytelling.
Some graphic designers’ portfolios are effective tools that help them to find new work, writes Mike Radcliffe. And some categorically are not!

11 July 2009

Trillion-dollar brainwave

Trillion-dollar brainwave

the video department

Video clip about the SA campaign for the Zimbabwean newspaper
Here’s a short video item about the Zimbabwean’s multi-trillion dollar campaign. See Sean O’Toole’s article ‘Money’s worth less than paper’, also on the Eye blog.

10 July 2009

Eyes and ears

Eyes and ears

john l. walters

John L. Walters’ BBC feature about jazzdesign, on the iPlayer until 13 July
Earlier this week, I had the chance to live out my boyhood fantasy of being a late-night jazz DJ, writes John L. Walters. Well, I was actually commissioned to write and present a short (16') feature about the relationship between jazz and graphic design. (So it wasn’t exactly Clint Eastwood in Play Misty For Me, or ‘Lester the Nightfly’.)

9 July 2009

Money’s worth less than paper

Money’s worth less than paper

sean o'toole, sean o’toole

TBWAHuntLascaris finds a use for Zimbabwe’s useless trillions
The ongoing and all-encompassing crisis in Zimbabwe, the ailing Southern African state presided over by Robert Mugabe, a former schoolteacher turned liberation patriarch, is easily visualised, writes Sean O’Toole. Imagine an unending queue of noughts, a retinue of zeros that wrap line after line. Money that is cheaper than wallpaper.

7 July 2009

Photo realism

Photo realism

robert hanks

Penguin use Magnum archive stock to make reportage desirable
Publishers these days are all a-jitter at the prospect of a digital future, writes Robert Hanks, when people will download their books rather than buying old-fashioned paper. They’re probably overreacting – it will be hard for digital readers to compete with something as cheap, sturdy and easy to use as a paperback – but Penguin has been showing the right way to react to the supposed crisis: make the physical object much more desirable.

6 July 2009

7 July memorial in Hyde Park

7 July memorial in Hyde Park

the type department

Phil Baines’ lettering for columns that commemorate 52 lives lost in 2005
Late in September last year, Phil Baines was commissioned to contribute typography for the permanent memorial to the victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, which opens on the fourth anniversary of the attack.

1 July 2009

Persepolis 2.0

Persepolis 2.0

roger sabin

Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel is detourned to chart new events in Iran
Appropriations and detournements are a time-honoured tradition in comics, writes Roger Sabin. The 1930s Tijuana Bibles took Popeye and put him in pornographic storylines, a 1970s underground comic made Beryl the Peril a symbol of abortion rights, and who could forget 1988’s Breaking Free, with Tintin as an anarchist agitator. Now comes Persepolis re-imagined as a comment on Iran’s post-election uprising, spreadpersepolis.com.

29 June 2009

Eye before you buy

Eye before you buy

Sample some words & images; type & illustration from the past two issues

25 June 2009

(not so) Secret Blisters

(not so) Secret Blisters

the picture department

Screenprints on show and on sale for one night only
‘Secret Blisters’ takes place on Friday 26 June – it’s a Print Club London event that features screenprints by designer-illustrators such as Si Scott, Paula Castro, Kate Moross, Anthony Burrill, Eine and James Joyce, who’s featured in the latest issue of Eye.
 
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