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14 April 2009

Drawn to be wilder

Drawn to be wilder

rian hughes

Rian Hughes explores magazine hand-lettering in the latest issue of Eye
Custom type was not an occasional indulgent art in the pre-digital dark ages, it was the norm, says Rian Hughes in ‘Drawn to be wild’ (Eye no. 71 vol. 18).

2 April 2009

The Form of the Book 5

The Form of the Book 5

derek birdsall

Dracula, blood-red prints of darkness (with dedicated typefaces)
John Morgan’s meticulous reading of Dracula, Bram Stoker’s classic and complex ‘novel’ (originally published in 1897) results in a golden, golden-section edition, writes Derek Birdsall. As one of the characters repeatedly refers to the (then) modern invention of the typewriter, Morgan has set Mina Harker’s journal entries in a quirky version of typewriter type (Remington, of course!).

31 March 2009

Type, Metahaven and TDR

Type, Metahaven and TDR

the promotion department

Get your hands on a copy of Eye 71. Plus Type Week on the blog
The new issue of Eye 71 is out. And to celebrate, we are having our first-ever Type Week on the blog. Watch this space for blogs about typography books, typefaces, new technology and extracts from Eye 71.

31 March 2009

The heights (and depths) of fashion

The heights (and depths) of fashion

wayne ford

Moscow’s ‘Changing Beauty’: style is in the eye of the photographer
‘Changing Beauty’ is the theme of the sixth Fashion and Style in Photography biennale, organised by the Moscow House of Photography, with 60 exhibitions across the Russian capital, from the grand exhibition hall of the Manege to the small independent galleries and the GUM department store on Red Square, writes Wayne Ford.

20 March 2009

Design auction

Design auction

the picture department

Were you there? How much did you drink? What did you buy?
Photographs: Julian Anderson, juliananderson.co.uk

20 February 2009

In passing: Obit

In passing: Obit

rick poynor

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye site and blog
This American blog-mag reminds us that obituaries are about lives lived. At a certain point in your life, you find yourself drawn to obituaries, writes Rick Poynor. Your own departure, once so far away and impossible seeming, is now a racing certainty. You are more than half way through and people who were middle-aged when you were young – actors, politicians, TV personalities – are showing up in the obituary pages with sobering regularity.

14 February 2009

Who’s writing this script?

Who’s writing this script?

the post room

Valentine’s Day is a field day for Marian Bantjes
Design magazines don’t receive Valentine’s Day cards as a rule. Sure, we get plenty of Christmas cards. And even more New Year’s cards and fancy calendars, from all those design studios who didn’t quite hit their Christmas deadline. But 14 February always seemed too . . . arbitrary, too commercialised and/or too personal. Until Marian Bantjes came along.

26 January 2009

Broadsheet bounceback

Broadsheet bounceback

simon esterson

The Times redesigns its Saturday edition with some grand gestures
The Times appeared on Saturday morning (24 January 2009) in its new six-section configuration, writes Simon Esterson. The most obvious change is that the new Saturday Review section marks a return to broadsheet format. And after all those tabloids it does look big: a great sheet of newsprint, only really safely navigated at home on the Saturday breakfast table. (How do those Daily Telegraph readers manage on the train during the week?)

23 January 2009

Lovely inspiration

Lovely inspiration

jon forss

Jon Forss’s piece about children’s TV presenter Tony Hart from Eye 57
In the Autumn of 2005 we published an ‘Inspiration’ piece by Non-Format’s Jon Forss about Take Hart and Tony Hart, who died last Sunday aged 83. Here’s Jon’s original text from Eye no. 57 vol. 15: Neatly tucked somewhere among John Craven’s Newsround, Blue Peter, Wacky Races, Rhubarb & Custard and other 1970s late-afternoon BBC programming was a show that had me glued to the set like no other.

15 January 2009

Design blitz at the museum

Design blitz at the museum

véronique vienne

Antoine+Manuel cram their oeuvre into the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
One goes to openings to gawk at people as much as the art, writes Véronique Vienne. Last night the upbeat Antoine+Manuel show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris was no exception. Everyone looked cool, no matter how haphazard their sense of colour. Weeks of freezing weather had sorely tested the fashion flair of most Parisians, but the exhibition’s over-the-top décor had a glamorising effect on the motley crowd wandering from room to room.
 
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