Illustration

15 November 2010

Beyond the body

Beyond the body

liz farrelly

Fashion drawing lies between representation and abstraction
Fashion illustration may have been marginalised in the past (and it’s not just me saying so), but right now London is being treated to a series of exhibitions and events showcasing this very rarified genre of commercial image-making, writes Liz Farrelly.

6 November 2010

A sense of wonder

A sense of wonder

the type department

Video clips from Marian Bantjes’ Eye talk at St Bride Library in London
On 5 October, Marian Bantjes spoke to a sold-out audience at the St Bride Library in London about her book, I Wonder. Here are four short video clips from the recent talk, organised by Eye and the Friends of St Bride.

4 November 2010

Symphonic scrawl

Symphonic scrawl

john l. walters

777 classical music album covers from the collection of Dr Horst Scherg
A copy of Classique: Cover Art for Classical Music arrived in the Eye office too late to be mentioned in our recent music design special (Eye 76), writes John L. Walters.

3 November 2010

Touch of science

Touch of science

the science department

Will the Thunderer’s Eureka iPad app displace its printed supplement?
The Times’s Eureka app for the iPad went on sale from iTunes today, price 59p. The design, by in-house art director Matt Curtis, complements that of the monthly print supplement of the same name (see ‘Pull out pages and panic‘ on the Eye blog) but this ‘Science of Sport’ special comprises all-new content, commissioned and programmed for the app at great expense, with several features that take advantage of the  medium’s advantages and idiosyncracies.

2 November 2010

Flatpack monuments

Flatpack monuments

sally jeffery

A cat’s-eye view of the art of architectural paper modelling
The maddest cardboard object in the Museum of Childhood’s ‘Cut It, Fold It’ exhibition is a cat pump, writes Sally Jeffery. Or is it the Cardhenge?

31 October 2010

Blood and cleavage

Blood and cleavage

chris brawn

A new book of scary posters and super creeps from the house of Hammer
The upcoming release of Let Me In, an English-language remake of the Swedish horror Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in, 2008), marks the return to cinemas screens of the Hammer Films brand, writes Chris Brawn.

28 October 2010

Penguins with attitude

Penguins with attitude

john l. walters

Illustrative wrecks and rescues at the publisher’s New York office.
Despite its celebratory title and retro cover design, Penguin 75 is actually a book about contemporary book design, writes John L. Walters. Its editor, Paul Buckley – otherwise known as ‘VP Executive Creative Director’ at Penguin’s New York office – has chosen 75 wildly different book cover projects from the past decade (listed alphabetically by title), and presented them together with alternate covers and sketches, alongside short commentaries by the authors, art directors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

25 October 2010

Maps and legends

Maps and legends

jan middendorp

Charting the working processes of early 21st-century designers
As a lasting souvenir of the first AGI Open conference, which took place in Porto last week, organizers Lizá Ramalho and Artur Rebelo edited and designed a book titled — like the conference itself — ‘Process Is the Project’, writes Jan Middendorp.

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.
 
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