Graphic Design

29 October 2008

Missing link

Missing link

esther cleven

The Netherlands begins to value its design history – with a new society
Though many Dutch designers are world famous, few Dutch design historians are, writes Esther Cleven. In itself, this is not surprising – writing history (apart from the political sort) is hardly the best way to get well known – but what is surprising is how few Dutch researchers and writers address the subject.

24 October 2008

The hero of Flight 404

The hero of Flight 404

Synaesthesia, auto-changers and the final trip: Robert Hodgin at FOTB
Flight 404’s Robert Hodgin has worked out the ideal format for his life - as a nicely rendered pie chart, writes John L. Walters. About a third of his time is spent sleeping; another chunk is for eating; and there’s a tiny sliver

22 October 2008

Q&A with Barbara Ehrbar

Q&A with Barbara Ehrbar

q&a

I’ve started being bored by graphic design . . . new things are rare
New post! Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Barbara Ehrbar on the Eye site.

20 October 2008

The Independent: too gaudy for words

The Independent: too gaudy for words

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye blog
I always liked the idea of The Independent and there have been a couple of periods, especially after it launched in 1986, when I defected to it from The Guardian. Even so, it has been a long time since I read it regularly, although the campaigning front pages produced since its 2005 redesign by Cases i Associats were eye-catching and occasionally led me to buy it. My main stumbling block is the tabloid page (and that goes for The Times, too). No matter how these two papers might rationalise the switch from broadsheet, the smaller size – also used by the Daily Mail – remains inherently down-market. The Guardian’s brilliantly managed move into new territory with the Berliner format underlined how dowdy, unimaginative and old-fashioned its rivals had become. 

19 October 2008

Q&A with Pedro Inoue

Q&A with Pedro Inoue

q&a

‘Design history is deeply linked with local culture’
Talking about graphic design history. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Pedro Inoue on the Eye website.

17 October 2008

Drowning in debate

Drowning in debate

neil mcguire

Scottish designers look for some local alternatives to Awards Madness
A Statement of Existence (or The Scottish Design Non-Awards Non-Hierarchical Statement of Existence, to give it its full, somewhat overblown title), writes Neil McGuire, arose from a desire, primarily my own, but also within the design community, for some form of regional debate.

15 October 2008

Kyle Cooper

Kyle Cooper

john l. walters

Graphic design and typographygo to Hollywood
You have to hand it to Kyle Cooper. The celebrated movie titles designer quickly had the audience for last night’s D&AD President’s lecture at London’s Peacock Theatre transfixed, opening with a lengthy, well memorised passage from Shakespeare’s Henry V.

14 October 2008

On the slab

On the slab

the type department

A hard-working 1970s typeface comes back from the cold
From the type department.  Another strong feature of the New York Magazine anniversary issue (see the recent Eye blog) is the powerful use of the Egyptian Bold Condensed display font. It’s a direct reference to the original Milton Glaser / Walter Bernard design   of the magazine (see the 1973 cover, above, and feature spread, below).

14 October 2008

Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

roger sabin

A bumpy ride with Alan Aldridge:The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes
The Design Museum is hosting an Alan Aldridge retrospective, writes Roger Sabin. ‘Just go along to the private view,’ chirps the editor, ‘and blog a few hundred words about your first impressions.’ Hmmm.

11 October 2008

‘You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?’

‘You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?’

john l. walters

New York Magazine celebrates 40 years plus with a handsome special
OK, maybe it’s not a classic cover. But the 40th anniversary issue of New York Magazine has all the other ingredients that non-New Yorkers expect from (and value in) the title: meaty, readable features, effective use of illustration, funny and revealing info-graphics and great photography, such as these punchy portraits (below) of New York actors (‘They’re here, they walk among us’) by Dan Winters. Other subjects include Meryl Streep, Tim Robbins and Robert De Niro. Of course.
 
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