Graphic Design

28 July 2009

Phil Wolstenholme’s fractal visions

Phil Wolstenholme’s fractal visions

david thompson

From china tea sets to hyper-real South Yorkshire landscapes
Blank Screen Syndrome, writes David Thompson, is an exhibition/retrospective of work by Phil Wolstenholme, whose computer-generated images and animations have been used by, among others, Warp Records, Gavin Bryars and The Designers Republic (See Reputations, Eye 71). Of these early album sleeves and promotional images, Warp’s Artificial Intelligence compilations are perhaps the most familiar.

27 July 2009

The Form of the Book 6

The Form of the Book 6

fraser muggeridge

Fully Booked vs. Jan Tschichold’sThe Form of the Book; it’s a knockout
In the red corner we have The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold in 1975 (English translation published by Lund Humphries in 1991) weighing in at 182 pages.

27 July 2009

Frontline’s big, bold newsprint

Frontline’s big, bold newsprint

john l. walters

A quality, quarterly broadsheet made by moonlighting journalists
Sitting next to a self-absorbed Telegraph reader on the train last week I was reminded of the public transport of fifteen or twenty years ago, similarly packed and stuffy, but full of broadsheet readers of every political stripe.

22 July 2009

Covers galore

Covers galore

the picture department

Alternative designs for the front and back of Eye 72

17 July 2009

Out of the box

Out of the box

the post room

Another mysterious package from the wacky world of design
Sometime, stuff turns up at the Eye office that nobody knows what to do with. Such as this mysterious package. Seems a shame to open it, really. When we have a moment, we’ll let you know what’s in it.

16 July 2009

Pictures for rent

Pictures for rent

the back issue department

Spreads from Abbott Miller’s article about stock photography in Eye 14
In this article from Eye no. 14, Autumn 1994, designer J. Abbott Miller discusses the use of stock photography, ‘which makes up a kind of corporate vernacular that informs almost all levels of graphic design’. You can read an extract from ‘Pictures for rent’ on the Eye website.

13 July 2009

Trouble getting through the door?

Trouble getting through the door?

mike radcliffe

Brand agencies can teach designers a thing or two about storytelling.
Some graphic designers’ portfolios are effective tools that help them to find new work, writes Mike Radcliffe. And some categorically are not!

11 July 2009

Trillion-dollar brainwave

Trillion-dollar brainwave

the video department

Video clip about the SA campaign for the Zimbabwean newspaper
Here’s a short video item about the Zimbabwean’s multi-trillion dollar campaign. See Sean O’Toole’s article ‘Money’s worth less than paper’, also on the Eye blog.

10 July 2009

Eyes and ears

Eyes and ears

john l. walters

John L. Walters’ BBC feature about jazzdesign, on the iPlayer until 13 July
Earlier this week, I had the chance to live out my boyhood fantasy of being a late-night jazz DJ, writes John L. Walters. Well, I was actually commissioned to write and present a short (16') feature about the relationship between jazz and graphic design. (So it wasn’t exactly Clint Eastwood in Play Misty For Me, or ‘Lester the Nightfly’.)

9 July 2009

Money’s worth less than paper

Money’s worth less than paper

TBWAHuntLascaris finds a use for Zimbabwe’s useless trillions
The ongoing and all-encompassing crisis in Zimbabwe, the ailing Southern African state presided over by Robert Mugabe, a former schoolteacher turned liberation patriarch, is easily visualised, writes Sean O’Toole. Imagine an unending queue of noughts, a retinue of zeros that wrap line after line. Money that is cheaper than wallpaper.
 
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