Illustration

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.

8 September 2010

Paint the city clean

Paint the city clean

julie fairless

Officially sanctioned street art on the thoroughfares of Bangalore
Change is written on the walls of urban India – and nowhere is this more pronounced than in the IT capital of Bengaluru (aka Bangalore), writes Julie Fairless.

7 September 2010

Restless soul

Restless soul

books received

Another side of David Lynch: film director and visual artist
David Lynch may be more famous as a film director, but he originally studied art, and has continued to work as a visual artist alongside his cinematic work. This new book, published by Hatje Cantz, collects Lynch’s unusual and eclectic visual work, and sets it alongside some of his movies.

3 September 2010

The mag of the blog

The mag of the blog

simon esterson

It’s Nice That gear up to produce their fourth printed edition
The lights burn late around Shoreditch, not only at Eye, but also a couple of streets away where the It’s Nice That team are producing the fourth edition of the magazine from their blog, writes Simon Esterson.

2 September 2010

Divine Noir

Divine Noir

books received

From Hell to Heaven in Seymour Chwast’s graphic take on Dante
Seymour Chwast’s first graphic novel, published next week, sees the designer / illustrator tackle Dante Alighieri’s fourteenth century masterpiece the Divine Comedy. In this graphic re-telling of the medieval poem, Dante dons a Dick Tracy trench coat and fedora, while Virgil (his guide) sports a tuxedo, bowler hat and cane.

19 August 2010

Eyes and ears

Eyes and ears

the music department

A rare glimpse of the art and craft behind ECM’s visual identity
Adrian Shaughnessy’s article ‘One man brand’ in Eye 76, the Music design special issue, is about the graphic design and identity of Manfred Eicher’s music label ECM. (Spreads below – full article on the Eye website.)

11 August 2010

Comic serif

Comic serif

the picture department

How Punch magazine turned table talk into cartoons and typography
The British Library have just published a book that explores the inner world of Victorian comic magazine Punch. The Punch Brotherhood, by Patrick Leary, examines the importance of oral culture (or ‘table talk’) in shaping nineteenth-century print culture.
 
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