Illustration

14 April 2011

Mapping it up

Mapping it up

alexander ecob

Embrace the inner cartographer of artists and graphic designers
I’ve yet to meet a designer who doesn’t harbour a fondness for maps, writes Alexander Ecob.

13 April 2011

Out of space

Out of space

john ridpath, the events department

Charting the pervasive visual language of science fiction
A forthcoming exhibition about science fiction at the British Library will be full of amazing images as well as stories.

11 April 2011

Power of the ruling pen

Power of the ruling pen

eye editors

David Gentleman’s graphic poster campaign for Stop the War
Placards have always been a powerful visual medium for demonstration and protest. A team from Goldsmiths, University of London, asked anti-cuts demonstrators at the recent London march to donate theirs for preservation in the Museum of London’s collections (see the group’s Facebook page for images and more information).

6 April 2011

Surface to space

Surface to space

archive, marian bantjes

Maths, computers and the internet bring new life to the art of origami
Most of us are familiar with the art of paper folding, perhaps as an amusing pastime with brightly coloured paper, writes Marian Bantjes, a kind of parlour trick or children’s game. To those a bit more aware, origami has intersected with graphic design mostly as a form of three-dimensional illustration – which is one of the ways that paper folders are able to make a living. But a little investigation into the process of construction, and the developments that have occurred over the past quarter-century promise something more intriguing than a delightful puzzle. As with graphic design there is beauty in simplicity, as well as surprising complexity below the surface.

2 April 2011

Cover story

Cover story

New trade version of monograph celebrating the inventor of LP design
The first illustrated album cover – for ‘albums’ of 78rpm records – was designed in 1940 by Alex Steinweiss, art director at Columbia Records.

30 March 2011

Bravo, Charlie

Bravo, Charlie

alexander ecob

Playing with phonetic typography at the Kemistry gallery
Hot on the heels of their intriguing exhibition of Saul Bass posters, the Kemistry gallery (a fitting venue for phonetics) plays host to the ICAO Phonetic Spelling Alphabet as interpreted by Eat Sleep Work / Play, Inventory Studio (one of the practices behind ‘The Art of Conversation’) & Julia, writes Alexander Ecob.

19 March 2011

Help!

Help!

alexander ecob

Poster initiatives mean well, but what are designers raising awareness of?
Is there a need for an awareness-raising campaign for one of the worst natural disasters of the modern age, heading every front page and topping every news bulletin? Following the horrific events and resulting humanitarian crisis in Japan, writes Alexander Ecob, a number of designers have trained their skills upon the relief effort and come up with support – in the form of posters. But is this the best use of their time and talents?

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.
 
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