Graphic Design

5 March 2009

Museum and magazine

Museum and magazine

the events department

New exhibitions at the Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland
The Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland, has published a magazine to coincide with its three new exhibitions, which run until early June:

25 February 2009

Is print really dirtier than online?

Is print really dirtier than online?

barney cox

Barney Cox’s technology feature from Eye 70 looks at green issues
When it comes to the environmental impact of communication media, print is usually singled out as the dirty old man, writes Barney Cox in ‘Foot prints’, Eye no.70. vol. 18. It is understandable why that should be. In the shiny, weightless online world, everything happens in the twinkling of an eye and it is possible to instantly view a Web page or email created on the other side of the world. With the rise of the iPhone, Wifi and 3G dongles, this viewing can be anywhere, as long as you have battery life and a few bars of signal.

23 February 2009

Collection by Matt Willey

Collection by Matt Willey

matt willey

Scrapper vs. Slugger. Boxing posters: tough type; bare facts; no fuss
I found these old boxing posters recently and I think they are wonderful, writes Matt Willey. The typefaces and the way they are arranged appeal to me. The arrangement of the type is a result, I presume, of a simple need to get all this information on the poster – nothing more fancy than that.

14 February 2009

Who’s writing this script?

Who’s writing this script?

the post room

Valentine’s Day is a field day for Marian Bantjes
Design magazines don’t receive Valentine’s Day cards as a rule. Sure, we get plenty of Christmas cards. And even more New Year’s cards and fancy calendars, from all those design studios who didn’t quite hit their Christmas deadline. But 14 February always seemed too . . . arbitrary, too commercialised and/or too personal. Until Marian Bantjes came along.

10 February 2009

The Form of the Book 2

The Form of the Book 2

andy polaine

‘Nothing. Yet everything’ – Kenya Hara’s Designing Design
My desk resembles an over-developed resort on the Costa del Sol, writes Andy Polaine. Towers of design books vie for attention, some flashy, others already out of fashion, most of them desperately self-conscious.

6 February 2009

Modernism 2.0

Modernism 2.0

limited language

Meaning is back in fashion, courtesy of M/M (Paris)
If you’ve ever been troubled by what they call a ‘postmodern moment’ – disorientated, disconnected and detached – worry no more, write Monika Parrinder + Colin Davies. Postmodernism is over, according to Nicholas Bourriaud the French writer and curator behind the current Tate Triennial 2009.

5 February 2009

The scariest taboo?

The scariest taboo?

books received

Sagmeister’s credit list questions designers’ reluctance to discuss fees
Abrams is about to republish Stefan Sagmeister’s Made You Look, first published in 2001 by Booth-Clibborn Editions, and reviewed in ‘Another self-indulgent design monograph’ (Eye no. 41 vol. 11). The book is exactly as it was, with perhaps a little more silvery finesse for the fore-edge (see foot of blog), and an overly dark shade of red for the transparent slipcase.

3 February 2009

Teach them to network or be damned

Teach them to network or be damned

deborah littlejohn

Deborah Littlejohn's Agenda from Eye 70 focuses on design education
In ‘I have nothing to declare but my networking skills’ (Eye no.70 vol. 18), Deborah Littlejohn argues that ‘creative genius’ is so last millennium. What design students want – and need – is skill in collaborative online technology.

30 January 2009

The Form of the Book 1

The Form of the Book 1

catherine dixon

Time to consider a more holistic approach to publishing design?
To celebrate today’s ‘The Form of the Book’ conference at St Bride Library (above), Catherine Dixon introduces a new thread to the Eye blog. In future weeks, we will be inviting designers and design writers to select their favourite book designs (not just the covers) of the past year, and to explain their selection.

26 January 2009

Broadsheet bounceback

Broadsheet bounceback

simon esterson

The Times redesigns its Saturday edition with some grand gestures
The Times appeared on Saturday morning (24 January 2009) in its new six-section configuration, writes Simon Esterson. The most obvious change is that the new Saturday Review section marks a return to broadsheet format. And after all those tabloids it does look big: a great sheet of newsprint, only really safely navigated at home on the Saturday breakfast table. (How do those Daily Telegraph readers manage on the train during the week?)
 
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