Illustration

13 June 2010

Stop, look, listen

Stop, look, listen

john ridpath, the events department

A preview of Black Dog’s latest exhibition: ‘Modern British Posters’
A new exhibition showcasing the best of British poster design opens at Black Dog Space tomorrow. The show coincides with the launch of Paul Rennie’s Modern British Posters: Art, Design & Communication (Black Dog Publishing).

9 June 2010

The friendly side of graphic art

The friendly side of graphic art

Outline asks illustrators and designers to share their views of London
Currently occupying a pop-up gallery in the UK capital until early July, Outline Editions presents ‘001 London: ‘the big city through the eyes of Britain’s leading graphic artists’.

7 June 2010

On the tiles

On the tiles

john ridpath

Mosaics are revitalising the signs and spaces of London’s Southbank
St. Bride’s recent conference brought designers together to discuss the value of craft and the hand-made, writes John Ridpath (see ‘DIY Design’ on the Eye blog).

13 May 2010

Say the Word

Say the Word

john l. walters

‘Provocations’ prompt Camberwell students to think about type
Yesterday I spent some time at the Wilson Road annexe of University of the Arts London, Camberwell for the ‘Key Ideas’ discussion forum Word, organised in co-operation between Eye magazine and the college, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.

11 May 2010

Revalue the dollar

Revalue the dollar

the picture department

How art director Herb Lubalin got his illustrator friends to make money
The third issue of Avant-Garde, May 1968, ran an attention-grabbing feature entitled ‘Revaluation of the Dollar: 19 Artists Design a New One-Dollar Bill.’

6 May 2010

The cover that never was

The cover that never was

john l. walters

Is Chris Ware’s rejected cover for Fortune 500 right on the money?
The world of graphic design is full of images that never were, writes John L. Walters, buried in blogs, and the footnotes to design or cultural history.

4 May 2010

Shoe’s Calligraffiti

Shoe’s Calligraffiti

jane cheng

Ancient craft meets visceral scrawl on the streets of Amsterdam
Niels Shoe Meulman, who practises ‘calligraffiti’ is one of many designers featured in ‘Make each letter shout out loud’ in Eye 75, the latest issue, writes Jane Cheng. You can see a detail of his ‘Duck Rock’ lettering on the cover.

27 April 2010

Schweizer Reize

Schweizer Reize

Swiss travel books and posters at the National Library in Bern
An exhibition of historic Swiss travel books and posters at the Swiss National Library in Bern reminds viewers that tourism in the region is ‘old as the hills’ – and so is the printed matter that it generates, writes Jane Cheng.

23 April 2010

West End girls and boys

West End girls and boys

‘Pick Me Up’ puts graphic art and illustration on the London gallery map
‘The west shall shake the east awake … while ye have the night for morn …’ Marshall McLuhan was fond of quoting this poetic nugget from James Joyce’s puntastic Finnegans Wake.

22 April 2010

Mechanical brides and grooms

Mechanical brides and grooms

Read about Fritz Kahn’s surreal pedagogical vision in the latest Eye
In ‘Machine head’, his Eye 75 feature article, Rick Poynor points out the fascination and contradiction of Fritz Kahn’s mechanical images of the human body.
 
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