Graphic Design

20 April 2009

Rue Britanica

Rue Britanica

john l. walters

Typeface name changes after Eye magazine goes to press
It’s the moment every journalist and editor dreads. You decide to write an article, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.

17 April 2009

David Hillman

David Hillman

simon esterson

Gems from a master of magazine and newspaper art direction
There has been a lot of talk about golden ages on the Eye blog recently, writes Simon Esterson, and at last night’s D&AD conversation between editor Patrick Baglee and designer David Hillman, another golden age flashed before the audience’s eyes: the golden age of magazines and magazine art directors.

17 April 2009

Revival! preview

Revival! preview

the type department

Speed-dating, craft, obsessive photography and The DFC
Revival!: Eighth Annual Friends of St Bride Library Conference St Bride Library, London, 23 and 24 April 2008 This conference, explain the organisers, explores how we reinvigorate contemporary design thinking through a reconsideration of what it is we think we do best. The past has a part to play in such a reconsideration. On offer at this event then are a series of talks and displays, which set out the stories of key practitioners and their re-engagement with what it is they do as designers, writers and makers by looking backward to find fresh creative directions, renewed enthusiasm and a way forward.

16 April 2009

Golden age of type blogs 2

Golden age of type blogs 2

the type department

Ten more to argue about in those precious spare moments
Many of you have already told us what you thought about our choice of the top ten typographic blogs. And some of you complained, in the politest way possible, about the ones that weren’t mentioned.

14 April 2009

Drawn to be wilder

Drawn to be wilder

rian hughes

Rian Hughes explores magazine hand-lettering in the latest issue of Eye
Custom type was not an occasional indulgent art in the pre-digital dark ages, it was the norm, says Rian Hughes in ‘Drawn to be wild’ (Eye no. 71 vol. 18).

14 April 2009

Golden age of type blogs?

Golden age of type blogs?

the type department

A whistle-stop tour through the top ten typographic weblogs
Here, at last, is our Easter week type special: the top ten type blogs, chosen by an anonymous panel of industry experts using strictly scientific principles (honest).

9 April 2009

Out of the Fog and into the Fab

Out of the Fog and into the Fab

jan middendorp

Robothon 2009’s hi-tech type tools give automation to the superfamilies
Only a few decades ago, a conference about new developments in typographic technology would have been attended by men in suits and ties discussing hardware with six-digit prices, writes Jan Middendorp. Typefaces back then were expensive, platform-dependent machine parts.

8 April 2009

Cutting some Slack for the AR

Cutting some Slack for the AR

simon esterson

A framework that’s more than just a (projected) shadow of its former self
The Architectural Review, the 113-year-old monthly known simply as ‘the AR’ by its visually aware audience, has had a tough time of it over the past few years, writes Simon Esterson. Changes in ownership and a loss of design direction left it looking like an also-ran in a field it once dominated. I’ve been a keen follower of the AR since its Manplan issues (see Eye no. 54 vol. 14) sparked my interest in both architecture and magazine design in the school art room nearly 40 years ago, so it is very encouraging to see the redesigned April issue emerge phoenix-like from the inferno that is contemporary magazine publishing.

7 April 2009

Curwen on the Stone(s)

Curwen on the Stone(s)

the picture department

Pasche’s rock’n’roll posters get the fine printing treatment
Designer John Pasche writes to tell us that his celebrated Rolling Stones posters (see Two degrees of (colour) separation, Eye Blog, September 2008) are available from his new website, rollingstonesposters.co.uk.

6 April 2009

Golden Age of type? Or the dark ages?

Golden Age of type? Or the dark ages?

the type department

Eye’s type special nominates the faces of the moment. Now name yours
In ‘Golden age?’ (Eye no. 71 vol. 18), we asked twelve practitioners – art directors, type designers, educators – to suggest examples of typefaces that characterise the Zeitgeist, and show some of their nominated fonts. Now it’s your turn.
 
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