Graphic Design

26 November 2009

Ms C’s sketchbook

Ms C’s sketchbook

the picture department

Margaret Calvert pays tribute to typographer Phyllis Pearsall
Mrs P’s Journey by Margaret Calvert is an A2, seven-colour screen-print, available from the Design Museum Shop in an edition of 100. All proceeds go towards the Design Museum exhibitions and education programme.

25 November 2009

Illustrators we like

Illustrators we like

things we like

Tom Gauld’s Guardian panels on type and technology, poetry and words
We’re great admirers of Tom Gauld’s funny illustrations for the letters page in the Guardian’s Saturday Review. Here are a few examples, courtesy of Tom’s Flickr page.

24 November 2009

Designing for Dieter Rams

Designing for Dieter Rams

bibliothèque, mason wells

Bibliothèque on the graphic roots of product design
There are important designers and then there are the really important designers, writes Mason Wells of Bibliothèque. Dieter Rams is definitely one of the latter.

20 November 2009

‘O’ is for objects

‘O’ is for objects

The obsessive, oddly ordered world of Mr Edwards’ Crap Book
This week Mr Edwards delivers some colourful stocking fillers, but watch out for the booby prizes.

19 November 2009

Fine words for Kitching / Stothard

Fine words for Kitching / Stothard

john l. walters

Breathing life into the dying embers of letterpress … to light graphic fireworks
The great thing about spoken tributes, when they’re done well, is that they give the speakers a chance to say nice things they would never say face to face, writes John L. Walters.

18 November 2009

Bigger is better

Bigger is better

sara martin

Paula Scher relates ‘A series of strange circumstances’ for her D&AD talk
Paula Scher started her talk in London last week with examples of her work from her first job at CBS records, where she had to design more than a hundred LP covers a year, writes Sara Martin.

16 November 2009

Spraying over the cracks

Spraying over the cracks

daoud sarhandi

Forget new policies – the Mayor of Mexico City wants to respray the taxis
Film director Roman Polanski once wrote that he visualises cities as colours: London, he observed, is red. To which, writes Daoud Sarhandi, I would add ‘and black’. Once upon a time these colours were ubiquitous – before the city’s telephone boxes, letterboxes and buses had facelifts.

13 November 2009

‘N’ is for I ♥ NHS

‘N’ is for I ♥ NHS

Feel the healing power of Mr Edwards’ Crap Book
Mr Edwards administers his Friday medicine.

12 November 2009

Signs of Revolt

Signs of Revolt

noel douglas, tony credland

Ten years after Seattle, the visual force of today’s social movements
In November 1999, an alliance of direct action activists, environmentalists and trade unionists, shut down the meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle, stopping the next trade round of Capitalist Globalisation, write Tony Credland and Noel Douglas (see ‘Whose Space?’ in Eye 66).

11 November 2009

Never mind the music

Never mind the music

john l. walters

Your chance to vote for the best of 2009’s vinyl sleeve art
Formats come and formats go (and MP3s are going the way of cassettes now that we have room for ALEs), but vinyl has had a surprisingly long afterlife, writes John L. Walters.
 
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