Illustration

17 March 2011

Young(-ish) guns, having some fun

Young(-ish) guns, having some fun

john l. walters, the events department

The graphic art of ‘Pick Me Up’ on the banks of the Thames
Pick Me Up starts today at London’s Somerset House, the second outing for this ‘Contemporary Graphic Art Fair’ on the banks of the Thames, writes John L. Walters.

16 March 2011

Tarnished idol

Tarnished idol

alexander ecob

British Museum presents the public and private art of Eric Gill
His eponymous typeface is frequently used to evoke a sense of unadulterated, stiff-upper-lipped Britishness, but Eric Gill is an uncomfortable design hero, writes Alexander Ecob. With a new exhibition, the British Museum hopes to tease our attention away from Gill’s lascivious private life and back to his creative output.

7 March 2011

Picturing Ma’am

Picturing Ma’am

john ridpath

From stamps to portraiture: the images of a Royal subject
After a short-lived period of panic and confusion earlier this year, it was announced that – whatever fate befalls Britain’s troubled postal service – the Queen’s head will remain on postage stamps, writes John Ridpath.

3 March 2011

Downtown canon

Downtown canon

john l. walters

Installation, performance and drawing in the Barbican gallery
An ambitious new Barbican exhibition opens today, writes John L. Walters. Entitled ‘Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s’ it contains many big, bold examples of work from three artists who were near-contemporaries, and whose work crossed several disciplines (often out of poverty and / or sheer pragmatism).

28 February 2011

Let’s work together

Let’s work together

john ridpath

The Mill Co. Project and the collaborative work ethic
Mill Co. bills itself as a ‘full service creative agency’ – yet the ‘Co.’ doesn’t stand for company, but for co-operation, writes John Ridpath.

25 February 2011

Port of entry

Port of entry

john l. walters, the magazine department

Two art directors and an editor launch a brand new men’s magazine
You could be forgiven for thinking that the cold Spring of 2011, with its cutbacks, closures, price hikes and app-frenzy is not the best of all possible times to launch a new magazine, writes John L. Walters.

16 February 2011

Punching through the din

Punching through the din

jim northover

Jim Northover and an ‘inheritance’ of Saul Bass movie posters at Kemistry
It started in the 1960s, writes Jim Northover. It was then that John Lloyd, a fellow design student and my future business partner, introduced me to Saul Bass’s work.

27 January 2011

Going overground

Going overground

lulu pinney

Lulu Pinney on GlobalVision’s friendly tube map for the Piccadilly line
Great moments in information design (continued). Compared with most other London Tube lines the Piccadilly line is one I actually like travelling on, writes Lulu Pinney.

19 January 2011

Rip and recycle

Rip and recycle

alexander ecob, books received

A tear-out-and-frame approach to sustainable graphics
Many regard climate change as a problem, but there are precious few who conquer their apathy long enough to do anything about it, writes Alexander Ecob.

12 January 2011

Another book on the wall

Another book on the wall

‘Rehashing a winning formula’ with the Banksy street-art street-map
With a poster commissioned by Greenpeace going under the hammer for £80,000, thank goodness for this book that shows Banksy at his best writes Alexander Ecob.
 
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