Graphic Design

6 January 2009

Riches and embarrassment

Riches and embarrassment

rick poynor

New Critique by Rick Poynor, published in Eye 70
A book of Swiss competition winners makes a virtue of its cold and awkward design. Yet if the jury seeks debate, as it claims, it must be prepared to explain its decisions. As if embarrassed by its anachronistic title, the cover of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2007, a record of the annual design competition, is anything but beautiful, writes Rick Poynor. Everything about it grates:

24 December 2008

Careful with that AK47, Mikhail

Careful with that AK47, Mikhail

liz farrelly

Paper assault rifles and the well crafted design of fear
Looking for the ideal holiday-time craft project, asks Liz Farrelly, something to keep your brain from seizing up during two weeks’ house arrest.

20 December 2008

Writing on the wall

Writing on the wall

jessica jenkins

Naples takes its Mafia anguish to the streets

Today, on 20 December, Naples leads Italy on to the streets to protest about political indifference towards the Camorra…

19 December 2008

Phil’s top type hits

Phil’s top type hits

the type department

Or . . . ‘Now that’s what I call typography, vol. 1’
Chris Wilson’s recent Reputations interview with Phil Baines (Eye 69) pointed out that his early work was ‘featured heavily in Typography Now: The Next Wave   (Booth-Clibborn Editions), selected by Rick Poynor and Why Not Associates in 1991. Here, by popular (and seasonal) demand, are a few examples of Phil’s work from that book.

18 December 2008

Reasons to be cheerful, part 2

Reasons to be cheerful, part 2

A message from Barney Bubbles in the small print? Or just Ian?
Like Mark Porter, I received an exciting package through the post the other day,

16 December 2008

What’s that sound? Who’s that girl?

What’s that sound? Who’s that girl?

Eye’s latest cover features Goldfrapp and Replica
People have been asking what’s on the cover of the latest Eye

15 December 2008

As if obstacles were not an issue

As if obstacles were not an issue

Good magazine hosts a problem-solving event in LA
Is design really about problem-solving? And if so, how often are those problems really serious? An event in Los Angeles this coming Thursday aims to tackle some really weighty challenges, such as ‘isolation’, ‘traffic’ and ‘earthquakes’.

12 December 2008

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Spreads from the original Eye no. 6 article about Barney Bubbles
Something for the weekend. Here, by popular demand, are all the spreads from the original sixteen-page feature about Barney Bubbles in Eye no. 6 vol. 2.

10 December 2008

Milestone at the edge of the map

Milestone at the edge of the map

hamish thompson

New Zealand is geared up for its first international typography symposium
‘Small, perplexed post-colonial democracy seeking in-depth typographical conversation.’ Some want ads are made to go unanswered, writes Hamish Thompson from Wellington, New Zealand.

9 December 2008

Dutch character?

Dutch character?

Versa spreads its wings to become Rijksoverheid, the national type
A few weeks ago, the Dutch Prime Minister announced a new identity for the national government, which aims to rationalise the identities of its thirteen ministries and more than 200 departments under a single mark. The ‘1 Logo’ project is by Studio Dumbar, and has two main parts: a logo that recycles the Netherlands coat of arms on a kind of metaphorical ribbon, and a new typeface by Peter Verheul. Somehow the project’s ideals of clarity and unity of communication come across more naturally in the type than the logo, which seems burdened by history.
 
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