Illustration

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.

16 April 2010

Cool for (copy) cats?

Cool for (copy) cats?

sally jeffery

Similarities: from plagiarisation and rip-offs … to homage and inspiration
This seemingly effortless poster by Abram Games, along with its ham-fisted imitator, is one of a riveting set of graphic design images assembled by Bob Caruthers, writes Sally Jeffery.

14 April 2010

The stetl and the revolution

The stetl and the revolution

El Lissitzky and Jewish picture books in LA: from fantasy to factory
‘Monsters and Miracles’, an exhibition of Jewish picture books, opened on 8 April at the Skirball in Los Angeles, writes Jane Cheng.

9 April 2010

Peake’s Wonderland

Peake’s Wonderland

john ridpath

‘And what is the use of a book, without pictures or conversation?’
Lewis Carroll’s surreal Alice books have provided endless inspiration for visual reworkings, leaving behind a graphic history as unpredictable and contrary as his protagonist’s trip down the rabbit hole, writes John Ridpath.

30 March 2010

No wasted space

No wasted space

the form of the book

McSweeney’s celebrates its vision of independent publishing
We’ve always had a soft spot for Timothy McSweeney’s quarterly, which wormed its way into our consciousness around the century’s end, and has kept us entertained and stimulated ever since.

29 March 2010

Visual ping-pong

Visual ping-pong

john ridpath

Designers in London and Berlin have started a creative conversation.
It’s good to talk, and this year’s Art Of Conversation has started up a unique dialogue between graphic designers, writes John Ridpath.
 
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