Illustration

22 November 2010

The science of magazine design

The science of magazine design

the magazine department

Stack America’s infographic explores the fundamentals of art direction
Few people outside the hothouse world of magazine production realise what a difficult and intellectually demanding job editorial art direction can be, so we are deeply grateful to Eye contributor Andrew Losowsky (of Stack America) for this carefully researched chart by Richard Turley and his team (Rob and Kenton) at Bloomberg Business Week.

22 November 2010

Outline of beauty

Outline of beauty

liz farrelly

René Gruau’s visual ‘personalities’ forged Dior’s brand language
Since founding her Munich-based graphic arts gallery, Bartsch & Chariau, in 1980, Joëlle Chariau has been an advocate of René Gruau, writes Liz Farrelly.

18 November 2010

Design debate

Design debate

liz farrelly

The nature, collectability and status of fashion illustration
On 5 November, at a rainy evening round-table debate, a large and avid audience was treated to behind the scenes revelations, and much insight about the state of contemporary fashion drawing, writes Liz Farrelly.

17 November 2010

Pictures, poems, short stories

Pictures, poems, short stories

martin bax, martin bax

An exhibition of Ambit magazine covers at Hornsey in London
Our first cover was drawn by Andie Ferguson, an Australian artist who had come to the UK on a scholarship, writes Ambit founder and editor Martin Bax. He’d shown us a draft, which we’d all liked. But when I went round to get the artwork, eager to print the issue, he told me it had only been a rough idea and had since thrown it away.

16 November 2010

The app of A Humument

The app of A Humument

john l. walters, the apps department

‘The iPad is one of the oldest things in the world ... a pad or a slate.’
Tom Phillips’ A Humument is an artists’ book made by defacing (and hence deconstructing) an obscure Victorian novel, W.H. Mallock’s A Human Document, writes John L. Walters. (See Archive, Eye no. 18 vol. 5.)

15 November 2010

Beyond the body

Beyond the body

liz farrelly

Fashion drawing lies between representation and abstraction
Fashion illustration may have been marginalised in the past (and it’s not just me saying so), but right now London is being treated to a series of exhibitions and events showcasing this very rarified genre of commercial image-making, writes Liz Farrelly.

6 November 2010

A sense of wonder

A sense of wonder

the type department

Video clips from Marian Bantjes’ Eye talk at St Bride Library in London
On 5 October, Marian Bantjes spoke to a sold-out audience at the St Bride Library in London about her book, I Wonder. Here are four short video clips from the recent talk, organised by Eye and the Friends of St Bride.

4 November 2010

Symphonic scrawl

Symphonic scrawl

john l. walters

777 classical music album covers from the collection of Dr Horst Scherg
A copy of Classique: Cover Art for Classical Music arrived in the Eye office too late to be mentioned in our recent music design special (Eye 76), writes John L. Walters.

3 November 2010

Touch of science

Touch of science

the science department

Will the Thunderer’s Eureka iPad app displace its printed supplement?
The Times’s Eureka app for the iPad went on sale from iTunes today, price 59p. The design, by in-house art director Matt Curtis, complements that of the monthly print supplement of the same name (see ‘Pull out pages and panic‘ on the Eye blog) but this ‘Science of Sport’ special comprises all-new content, commissioned and programmed for the app at great expense, with several features that take advantage of the  medium’s advantages and idiosyncracies.

2 November 2010

Flatpack monuments

Flatpack monuments

sally jeffery

A cat’s-eye view of the art of architectural paper modelling
The maddest cardboard object in the Museum of Childhood’s ‘Cut It, Fold It’ exhibition is a cat pump, writes Sally Jeffery. Or is it the Cardhenge?
 
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