Illustration

21 October 2010

Taking comics seriously

Taking comics seriously

john chalmers, sandra marrs

Visual storytelling is about literature as well as literacy
The graphic novel’s rise in popularity shouldn’t really come as a surprise, write Metaphrog’s Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers.

19 October 2010

Got to have a map

Got to have a map

sally jeffery

For designers, the cartographic viewpoint can be a literal need
There is a vivid phrase in the Nobel prize citation for Mario Vargas Llosa: ‘the cartography of structures of power’, writes Sally Jeffery. I don’t know if it originates with Vargas Llosa or the Nobel committee. However, for the kind of people who become designers the cartographic viewpoint can be a literal need.

18 October 2010

Body bio

Body bio

john ridpath

Fuel revisits the graphic storytelling of Russian criminal tattoos
Danzig Baldaev’s original tattoo drawings, made famous by his Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia, are to be exhibited in London next week by Fuel Design, writes John Ridpath. Baldaev collected his drawings while working as a prison guard between 1948 and 1986, creating a fascinating record of a dark, indelible tradition.

13 October 2010

Due process

Due process

jan middendorp

Porto plays host to an inspiring AGI Open conference
This year’s AGI (Alliance Graphique International) conference is taking place in Porto, a spectacular yet run-down city that bears many traces of Portugal’s current economic crisis, writes Jan Middendorp.

11 October 2010

Dig for history

Dig for history

Twentieth century Britain, chronicled in the work of Abram Games
Abram Games (1914-96) was one of the twentieth century's most celebrated graphic designers. An exhibition, opening at Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery tomorrow, brings together

6 October 2010

Marian Bantjes at St Bride. ‘Curiosity … is the key to the fantastic’ – a night of stars and (I) Won

Marian Bantjes at St Bride. ‘Curiosity … is the key to the fantastic’ – a night of stars and (I) Won

the form of the book

‘Curiosity … is the key to the fantastic’ – a night of stars and (I) Wonder
Last night Marian Bantjes captivated a sold-out audience for her talk at St Bride Library. It was the first time she has spoken in detail about her new book I Wonder (Thames & Hudson, £19.95),  just published.

1 October 2010

Cumbrian collage

Cumbrian collage

Russell Mills in Eye 5 and in Ambleside with Walton and Schwitters
‘Weathered surfaces and subtle textural effects, allusions to cycles of natural decay, sensitivity of touch and a self-evident display of the material properties of collaged or constructed elements – these are among the most characteristic features of the work of Russell Mills.’ (Eye 5).

27 September 2010

League of gentlemen

League of gentlemen

rosie walters

The Ivy Look is a cool, coffee-table book for the hip pocket
It’s pretty much official. The 1960s are seriously cool, writes Rosie Walters. They’ve been cool before, but this time round, it’s different.

23 September 2010

Handmade tales

Handmade tales

john ridpath

The waste cardboard of Buenos Aires is being turned into storybooks
The Cardboard Book Project was launched in London last night – a series of ‘grown-up story books’ written by Jemma Foster and printed in South America, writes John Ridpath.

20 September 2010

Music tech mags from 1930

Music tech mags from 1930

john l. walters

New-media fundamentalists, circuit diagrams and a 22.5 lb ‘portable’
A kind neighbour dropped round with two music magazines published in June 1930: Gramophone and The Gramophone Criticwrites John L. Walters. The former still thrives (now owned by Haymarket, one of Eye’s former owners) as the monthly ‘bible’ of classical music, but in its early years it was a more general magazine aimed squarely at early adopters for the latest music media and technology: radio and record players.
 
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