Illustration

20 May 2011

Design and disaster

Design and disaster

colin davies

Colin Davies on 2:46 Aftershocks, a response to the earthquakes in Japan
‘All my Tokyos feel imaginary,’ opens William Gibson’s contribution to 2:46 Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake (quakebook.org). A book that was put together online in one week in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and is available for download via Amazon (with a traditional ‘book’ version to follow), writes Colin Davies.

17 May 2011

Political photomontage

Political photomontage

noel douglas

Noel Douglas on Peter Kennard’s ‘At Earth’ at Raven Row – last few days
Peter Kennard’s ‘At Earth’ show at Raven Row Gallery is a sibling to his new publication, a 192-page wordless photo essay of (almost) the same name, writes Noel Douglas.

16 May 2011

Heroes (and villains?)

Heroes (and villains?)

david thompson

A comic-book version of Colors magazine celebrates real-life activism
The 80th issue of Benetton’s multilingual quarterly Colors takes heroism as its theme, writes David Thompson. Specifically: ‘inspirational characters united by their desire to make this world a better place … Real, extraordinary people helping to save the world, one step at a time.’

10 May 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

type tuesday

Back with a flourish. Christian Schwartz talks swashes – part one
The twentieth century was not a good time for swashes, often described as the ‘curly bits added on to make type look fancy’, writes Christian Schwartz in Eye 62. During the previous four centuries swashes were often

5 May 2011

A right royal show

A right royal show

liz farrelly

Middle England and middle managers under a steaming pile of Modern Cloth
How often do you walk round an exhibition laughing out loud, asks Liz Farrelly? Not because you can’t believe what you’re seeing, but genuinely because framed on the wall are a bunch of very funny jokes, pointing out the absurdities of ‘modern’ life, and played out by a cast of the simplest, hand-drawn ‘characters’.

4 May 2011

Alphabetical order

Alphabetical order

alexander ecob

Limited-edition book explores Peter Blake’s unpublished letterforms
Victorian publishing values go hand-in-hand with Victorian type in a special book that showcases the alphabets of artist-illustrator-designer Peter Blake, writes Alexander Ecob. For publisher Douglas Wilson, the story goes back a long way.

23 April 2011

The printer’s tale

The printer’s tale

john ridpath

Old (and new) responses to Shakespeare by RCA printmakers
What with the Royal Wedding, the Queen’s (actual) birthday, Easter, St. George’s Day, and Mayday – spread over a cluster of bank holidays – there’s already plenty to celebrate in the UK this fortnight, writes John Ridpath. But if you’re looking for another excuse, raise a glass for William Shakespeare (this Saturday marks the date of the writer’s birth, and death) and the Royal Shakespeare Company, who are about to open their 50th Anniversary season.

21 April 2011

Documents of the marvellous

Documents of the marvellous

rick poynor

The spirit of Surrealism lives on – in projects based on curious collections
Surrealism’s assumptions and attitudes, its embrace of individual desire and celebration of the obsessional, fantastic and strange, can now be found in fiction, comic books, TV comedy, advertising and film, as well as three-dimensional design, writes Rick Poynor.

20 April 2011

Dark tools of desire

Dark tools of desire

rick poynor

Surrealism’s relationship with graphic design is still strangely unfulfilled
Surrealism is often described as the most influential of all twentieth-century art movements, writes Rick Poynor in Eye 63. Its poetic sensibility and way of perceiving reality is so pervasive that we take it for granted now.

15 April 2011

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

rick poynor

See Rick Poynor’s latest Critique – about Catel and Bocquet’s graphic biography of Surrealist icon Kiki de Montparnasse
I had some reservations about Kiki de Montparnasse, a new graphic biography of the artists’ model and muse, painter, singer of bawdy songs and celebrity, who came to fame in Paris in the 1920s, writes Rick Poynor in Eye 79.
 
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