Graphic Design

11 June 2009

Beyond our Ken

Beyond our Ken

andrew robertson

Celebrating Ken Briggs’ colourful career at the National Theatre
Graphic designer Ken Briggs is one of the great Kens of 1960s London, writes Andrew Robertson. Possibly not quite as celebrated (or notorious) as Ken Garland, Ken Tynan, Kenneth Williams or Ken ‘Civilisation’ Clark, but always admired and appreciated by other designers for his characteristically British take on Modernism.

10 June 2009

Design, music and lyrics

Design, music and lyrics

the picture department

Afrobeat and the art of Lemi Ghariokwu at Rich Mix
LP sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson once said that he based his covers on his clients’ lyrics. Nigerian designer Ghariokwu Lemi takes a similar approach in his celebrated covers for Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

1 June 2009

Paul Davis wakes up in Brighton

Paul Davis wakes up in Brighton

liz farrelly

Make drawings, shag, drink . . . it makes me think just how short life is.
On first viewing, Paul Davis’s current exhibition of word drawings felt a tad bleak, during a sunny Friday afternoon wind-up to a Bank Holiday weekend, writes Liz Farrelly.

28 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Three

TypoBerlin Day Three

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp goes into Space and returns to (Sol) Sender
Time for a roundup of TypoBerlin 09, the fourteenth edition of Europe’s largest yearly conference on type, graphic design and related matters, reports Jan Middendorp.

24 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Two

TypoBerlin Day Two

jan middendorp

Another Jan Middendorp Eye report – Ale, Angel, Adam, John and Chip
TypoBerlin Day Two As TypoBerlin 2009 is getting ready for its third and last day, your correspondent reviews day two and marvels at the sheer diversity of what was has been on offer so far. Friday was a day of extremes, writes Jan Middendorp.

22 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day One

TypoBerlin Day One

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp blogs for Eye – direct from the ‘pregnant oyster’
The venue is fantastic. Dubbed ‘the pregnant oyster’, the Kongresshalle was a gift from the Americans to (West) Berlin, built in 1956 under the direction of architect Hugh Stubbins. Having collapsed under the optimism of its construction in 1980, it was rebuilt in subsequent years and became the ‘Haus der Kulturen der Welt’, the House of World Cultures.

21 May 2009

Offset 2009

Offset 2009

linda king

Why Dublin? Why now (well, November)? Why not?
The scale and ambition of Offset, a three-day ‘creative’ conference, is impressive by any standards, writes Linda King. Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Dave McKean, Chip Kidd, Pentagram, Graphic Thought Facility and Experimental Jetset are all confirmed speakers.

20 May 2009

Take it from the Top (Applications)

Take it from the Top (Applications)

the paper department

Only a few weeks left to enter printed work for the Fedrigoni Awards
There are just three weeks left to enter your printed work for Fedrigoni’s curiously named ‘Top Applications Award’ 2009. Any project that uses Fedrigoni’s wide range of papers – from packaging to litho and digital print – is eligible to enter. The competition honours everybody involved in the process: clients, printers and designers. The jury includes Eye art director Simon Esterson and Fernando Gutierrez (see Eye no. 36 vol. 9).

18 May 2009

Tolerate this, and your school’s next

Tolerate this, and your school’s next

will holder

Designers deplore plans to sever the Rietveld Academy from its building
Today (18 May, 2009) marks the 42nd birthday of the Rietveld building for the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Yet this anniversary is overshadowed by changes planned for the institution that have only just been revealed to staff and students there. Here designer Will Holder, who has taught there for seven years, explains the situation.

15 May 2009

Kim Hiorthøy strikes again

Kim Hiorthøy strikes again

john l. walters

Cult Norwegian music label produces graphic design monograph (with CDs)
Is the new artefact from Norwegian record label Rune Grammofon a double CD with extended artwork, asks John L. Walters, or a graphic design monograph with a side order of music?
 
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