Typography

26 May 2011

The Word on the street

The Word on the street

andrew robertson

OMG: R2’s typographic gallery wall in Lisbon was a scriptural Knockout
There was a time when most art was made for the glory of God, when the Church made the best (and the best-funded) client writes Andrew Robertson in Eye 70. Nowadays, art is a secular rival to religion, competing with places of worship for devotees, and erecting great cathedrals like the Guggenheims and the Tates.

24 May 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

type tuesday

Faith in asymmetry. John D. Berry on Jan Tschichold and Active Literature
What makes Jan Tschichold so interesting is not his theories but his practice. None of his dogmatic theories would matter much, writes John D. Berry , if he hadn’t been a superb typographer.

22 May 2011

World’s greatest sign?

World’s greatest sign?

mike kippenhan

Stockton’s Sno-White dwarfs the opposition, says Mike Kippenhan
Declaring one singular sign the ‘Greatest in the World’ is as recklessly bold as it is provincial, writes Mike Kippenhan. But if a sign were to achieve this honour, the one for Sno-White Drive-in, on the south side of Stockton, California, would be it.

16 May 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

type tuesday

How lettering is made for public display: hand-cutting wood
Andrew Haslam looks at the production of display lettering, and, in this instalment, hand-cutting letterforms in wood by Caroline Webb.

13 May 2011

Life / work / dog balance

Life / work / dog balance

eye editors

An Eye video interview with Morag Myerscough… and Lemmy
The latest issue of Eye profiles Morag Myerscough in the feature ‘In the thick of it’.  Myerscough is a designer who puts an eclectic graphic sensibility into public spaces, injecting colour, pattern and big type into schools, health centres and other installations.

12 May 2011

Look behind you

Look behind you

jim aulich

Graphic Design: History in the Making at St Bride Library
Conceived by Sara De Bondt and Catherine de Smet, the one-day conference ‘Graphic Design: History in the Making’ was organised in conjunction with the Royal College of Art, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes and the Design History Society, writes Jim Aulich.

10 May 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

type tuesday

Back with a flourish. Christian Schwartz talks swashes – part one
The twentieth century was not a good time for swashes, often described as the ‘curly bits added on to make type look fancy’, writes Christian Schwartz in Eye 62. During the previous four centuries swashes were often

5 May 2011

A right royal show

A right royal show

liz farrelly

Middle England and middle managers under a steaming pile of Modern Cloth
How often do you walk round an exhibition laughing out loud, asks Liz Farrelly? Not because you can’t believe what you’re seeing, but genuinely because framed on the wall are a bunch of very funny jokes, pointing out the absurdities of ‘modern’ life, and played out by a cast of the simplest, hand-drawn ‘characters’.

4 May 2011

Alphabetical order

Alphabetical order

alexander ecob

Limited-edition book explores Peter Blake’s unpublished letterforms
Victorian publishing values go hand-in-hand with Victorian type in a special book that showcases the alphabets of artist-illustrator-designer Peter Blake, writes Alexander Ecob. For publisher Douglas Wilson, the story goes back a long way.

3 May 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

type tuesday

Visions of Joanna: Mark Thomson on Eric Gill’s Essay on Typography
It took me a while to find this book, writes Mark Thomson in Eye 62. Not that it is hard to buy a copy – it has hardly been out of print since 1931. But to find this book, this particular copy, was tough.
 
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