28 February 2014
To mark First Things First’s 50th anniversary – an initiative to update the manifesto’s aims for the digital age
If you are not a graphic designer, you are unlikely to have heard of the ‘First Things First’ manifesto, writes Nigel Ball.
16 September 2013
Extended review: Rob Waller takes a closer look at Underground Maps Unravelled by psychologist Maxwell Roberts
Harry Beck’s underground map has to be the most celebrated and discussed instance of information design, writes Rob Waller.
15 July 2013
Open Set summer school tackles autonomy within design culture under the theme of ‘Commonomy’ – with a special offer for Eye blog readers
Design summer programmes offer many enticing reasons to participate, not least of which is the chance to learn from renowned design professionals while gaining new perspectives and experimenting with new design approaches, writes Linda Kwon.
4 July 2013
How social media gave voice to the Turkish people. Gülizar Çepoğlu reports from Istanbul
Technology has helped forge rebel into artist … and artist into insurgent, writes Gülizar Çepoğlu. Creativity becomes activism through posters, photographs, videos and slogans.
24 June 2013
Five D-Crit students team up with experts to make presentations at their graduate symposium
It’s that time of year again, when a host of graduating art and design students prepare to launch themselves upon the world. The degree shows have gone up and this year’s crew are buzzing with anticipation, writes Liz Farrelly. That’s fine if your work looks good on a wall or in a gallery. But what about the new breed of design critics on Masters courses on both sides of the Atlantic? Just how do writers make their mark?
10 April 2013
Do designers read and write? The Blunt conference aims to inject more writing into design education. Preview by Linda Kwon.
Graphic design is by and large a visual practice used as a tool in the service of others, writes Linda Kwon. The field of design has given little attention to nurturing an integrated practice of writing and criticism.
8 February 2013
Ian Noble was an inspiring teacher who believed in ‘a theory of practice, not the practice of theory’. Russell Bestley pays tribute to an innovator in graphic design education.
It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of one of the great innovators in modern graphic design education, writes Russell Bestley. Ian Noble, teacher, author, designer, outstanding mentor and critical friend to both professionals and students of graphic design alike for more than 25 years, passed away on Wednesday 30 January, 2013.
28 January 2013
Rick Finlay recalls his time at Reading, a university education that was not about vocation, but ‘raw knowledge and research, and their applicability to whatever life throws at you’
As an undergraduate on the Typography course at Reading University around 1980 I found enough fellow tunesmiths to put together a five-piece band made up only of students on the course, writes Rick Finlay. We were proud of our rock-pop constructions, but also fastidious about the packaging of our demo cassette.
30 November 2012
Do university blogs still have a role to play in developing links between students, institutions, countries and disciplines? Essay by Neil McGuire
The design course blog, over a decade after blogging hit the mainstream, is still relatively rare, writes Neil McGuire. But when used imaginatively, they have the potential to enhance the educational experience on a number of levels.
10 August 2012
Five years on, the ‘dissonant’ London 2012 visual identity still doesn’t work. Meanwhile, designers pine for Tokyo, Mexico City and Munich … By Elizabeth Glickfeld
‘Let the games begin,’ they said, and so to the latest round of logo-bashing writes Elizabeth Glickfeld. It’s lucky logos don’t have feelings.