Illustration

1 July 2011

Flawed iris

Flawed iris

john l. walters

Little White Lies dreams up a parallel universe of 1970s movie mag covers
For those of us old enough to remember the 1970s, the current vogue for hair, clothes, music and even food from that era can be both disorienting and comforting.

27 June 2011

Labyrinth of magazines

Labyrinth of magazines

john l. walters

Segovia’s Enformato brings together European design / visual culture titles.
Earlier this year, the newly refurbished Palacio Quintanar in Segovia, northern Spain, held an exhibition of nearly four dozen European design / visual culture magazines, (writes Eye editor John L. Walters) including Experimenta and Visual (Spain), Etapes (France), Typo (Czech Republic), Attitude (Portugal), Colors (Italy) and Eye.

15 June 2011

Crowded house of animation

Crowded house of animation

john l. walters

‘Watch Me Move’ at the Barbican shows the medium’s waking dreams
Part art show, part spectacle, part viewing library, ‘Watch Me Move’, the new Barbican Gallery show (which opened today), tackles the complex, surreal and visually bountiful history of animation with the clear-eyed confidence of Buzz Lightyear setting out into space, writes John L. Walters.

14 June 2011

Ads for good

Ads for good

lynne ciochetto

Billboard strategies in cross-cultural social service advertising campaigns
Social service and government advertising has been used in industrialised countries for most of the twentieth century, writes Lynne Ciochetto.

7 June 2011

Canapés, alcohol and tea in Iran

Canapés, alcohol and tea in Iran

john l. walters

Olivier Kugler wins the top prize at the V&A Illustration Awards 2011.
Awards ceremonies tend to follow a familiar pattern, writes Eye editor John L. Walters. Plenty of alcohol, fast-emptying plates of tiny canapés, long speeches – from sponsors, organisers and judges – followed by lots of individual categories, speeches, photo-opportunities and engraved Perspex trophies.

6 June 2011

Gill sans Eric

Gill sans Eric

alexander ecob

Brighton show will put MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill back on the map.
One could be forgiven for not knowing that Eric Gill had a brother. MacDonald ‘Max’ Gill (1884-1947) has been overshadowed by the legacy of his elder sibling writes Alexander Ecob. (A matter further complicated by Max’s 1946 marriage to Priscilla Johnston, the daughter of Eric’s mentor Edward Johnston.)

4 June 2011

Critique commentary

Critique commentary

rick poynor

Rick Poynor selects DVD covers from the Criterion Collection’s film list.
In ‘Commitment to content’, my latest Web-only Critique, I have written about the design of the Criterion Collection of DVDs, writes Eye writer at large Rick Poynor. Here, we present a selection of 22 covers from more than 500 films in the ever-expanding, numbered collection, highlighting four visual approaches used by art director Sarah Habibi, head of the Criterion art department, and Criterion’s designer, Eric Skillman.

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.’
 
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