Graphic Design

3 April 2009

MadeThought / Typographic Circle

MadeThought / Typographic Circle

simon esterson

Taking the rough with the smooth off the grid
‘New designers come to work with us and I see them spending half a day fannying around with the baseline grid,’ said MadeThought’s Paul Austin to a slightly alarmed audience at the Typographic Circle on Thursday night, writes Simon Esterson. ‘I don't know what that is,’ he added and made it clear he didn’t really care either.

1 April 2009

These letters are so wrong

These letters are so wrong

jan middendorp

But sometimes, as Playful Type shows, ‘any old shape’ really will do
‘A typically moral and conscientious Englishman’, Eric Gill once said, finds himself inclined to think that ‘an “R” ought to have a bow more or less semicircular and of a diameter about half the length of the stem’, even though in reality ‘any old shape will do to make a letter with’. But moralisation about type is not limited to the people with the stiff upper lips, writes Jan Middendorp.

31 March 2009

Type, Metahaven and TDR

Type, Metahaven and TDR

the promotion department

Get your hands on a copy of Eye 71. Plus Type Week on the blog
The new issue of Eye 71 is out. And to celebrate, we are having our first-ever Type Week on the blog. Watch this space for blogs about typography books, typefaces, new technology and extracts from Eye 71.

29 March 2009

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

simon esterson

‘Collecting images is not enough. How democratic is it?’
In a very polite, and very Dutch way, writes Simon Esterson, Jan van Toorn used the latest D&AD lecture to remind the audience at London’s Mermaid Theatre about graphic design’s social possibilities. He told us we should break out of our design stereotypes because, ‘it’s boring to produce neat things’.

25 March 2009

The Form of the Book 4

The Form of the Book 4

sean murphy

If you don’t like the stock you can print yourself
I recall from my college years, writes Sean Murphy, in the mid-1990s the oft-discussed scenario where interactive platforms such as CD-Rom and the internet would soon spell the end of the print and therefore, by association, the book.

20 March 2009

Design auction

Design auction

the picture department

Were you there? How much did you drink? What did you buy?
Photographs: Julian Anderson, juliananderson.co.uk

19 March 2009

Eye 71 on press

Eye 71 on press

john l. walters

This is it: time to get physical with paper and ink
Since we took ownership of Eye last April, writes Eye editor John L. Walters, my fellow director (and art director) Simon Esterson has made a point of seeing every issue on and off press. Yesterday, Simon set off at the crack of dawn to Beacon Press in Uckfield, where the machines were being prepared for the latest Eye, a type special.

18 March 2009

The Form of the Book 3

The Form of the Book 3

william hall

When misunderstandings could be fatal – Mushrooms by Roger Phillips
‘Death cap Amanita phalloides: prolonged and violent vomiting and diarrhoea accompanied by severe abdominal pains, lasting for a day or more. Typically this is followed by an apparent recovery, when the victim may be released from hospital or think their ordeal over, but death results from kidney and liver failure within a few days.

13 March 2009

The Peter Saville principle

The Peter Saville principle

sara martin

‘Music covers are not graphic design, they communicate nothing’
Peter Saville didn’t keep the audience waiting long last night, writes Sara Martin, only fifteen minutes, but the crowd wanting to see him at the D&AD talk struggled to fit into the large auditorium; a screen was set up outside for people who couldn’t find a seat.

12 March 2009

Scary times for recruitment

Scary times for recruitment

mike radcliffe

What should designers do when supply outweighs demand?
In October 2008, after more than five years finding work for talented designers in the London area, the phone stopped ringing, writes Represent’s Mike Radcliffe.
 
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