Dublin’s ninth annual Offset was more festival than conference, with informative and entertaining speakers from across the design world
Offset’s first day, Friday 8 April, included speakers Stephen Kelleher, Reed + Rader, Rothco, Robert Ballagh, 4 Creative, Morag Myerscough and Mr Bingo, write Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar, and covered cats, failure, the pressure of success, the importance of teams and partnerships, belonging and performance.
During her time as a volunteer in Etaples, France, British artist Gertrude Leese made a number of sketches that revealed the day-to-day reality of life on the Allied military base during 1916 and 17
The name Gertrude Leese (1870-1963) may not be instantly familiar to you, yet in the early 1900s she was a successful illustrator and watercolour painter. Prior to the First World War, she studied with Max Bohm (1868-1923) at the international art colony in the fishing port of Etaples, and her work was shown at the Salon des Artistes Français in Paris in 1902, writes Clare Walters.
What do Luke Skywalker and Oliver Twist have in common? Clare Walters reviews Drawing on Childhood at the Foundling Museum
Given the perennial struggle against war, famine, disease and poverty, it is not surprising that many myths and fairy tales feature orphans, foundlings and fostered or abandoned children – think of Romulus and Remus, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel, writes Clare Walters.
Logo Modernism, DixonBaxi, Cries of London, deValence and No Words Posters
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks.
Paul Rennie casts new light on RoSPA’s safety posters. Review of Safety First by Clare Walters
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) employed many of the best designers of the twentieth century to make its safety posters.
Menu Design in America looks back at more than a century of visual and culinary history
There is something very satisfying about a menu. Whether it be the cutout of a pig just before delving into a pulled pork sandwich or a space age diner preparing you for some interstellar fry-up.
For a limited time, you can buy a bundle of Eye typography issues – at a bargain price
This ‘Type and lettering’ bundle contains issues 37, 45, 50 and 72: all have a special interest in designers and examples of typographic design and lettering forms. Although these issues do not focus solely on type, we have chosen them for what they reveal about the relationships between design, illustration and typography.
For a limited time, you can buy a bundle of themed Eye back issues – at a bargain price
Occasionally you meet someone whose business card says ‘storyteller’ – which might prompt some of us to run to a bar several blocks away – but usually they have the grace to hand over the card with an ironic shrug. As one such person said to us the other day, ‘Yes, Nathan Barley has come true!’
Redstone Press diary; Typodarium, Fedrigoni, Pierluigi Longo and Peter von Freyhold’s calendars; and cards from Dan Adams, Lara Harwood, Lizzie Lomax, Andy Martin and March design agency
Here are some assorted seasonal cards and calendars given by Eye’s friends and family.
A New Type of Imprint, Hue, Sabor, Recens Paper and Works That Work
Here are a few publications that caught our attention in recent weeks.