Typography

16 March 2011

Tarnished idol

Tarnished idol

alexander ecob

British Museum presents the public and private art of Eric Gill
His eponymous typeface is frequently used to evoke a sense of unadulterated, stiff-upper-lipped Britishness, but Eric Gill is an uncomfortable design hero, writes Alexander Ecob. With a new exhibition, the British Museum hopes to tease our attention away from Gill’s lascivious private life and back to his creative output.

1 March 2011

Critique: French connections

Critique: French connections

rick poynor, the magazine department

Back Cover signals an allegiance to graphic design as a serious endeavour
In his latest Web-only Critique, Rick Poynor looks at the French graphic design and typography magazine Back Cover: ‘Any graphic design magazine with an international outlook confronts a huge array of possible subjects. In the seven or eight features per issue published so far, Back Cover has signalled a firm allegiance to rigorous European typography and to visual communication as an essentially serious social and cultural endeavour. Its design by the editors’ studio, deValence – modernist with a few whimsical touches – embodies these apparently resurgent values.’

25 February 2011

Port of entry

Port of entry

john l. walters, the magazine department

Two art directors and an editor launch a brand new men’s magazine
You could be forgiven for thinking that the cold Spring of 2011, with its cutbacks, closures, price hikes and app-frenzy is not the best of all possible times to launch a new magazine, writes John L. Walters.

17 February 2011

Words, windows, chaos

Words, windows, chaos

john ridpath, the technology department

Tim De Cort’s ongoing typographic experiments in code
The sheer scale of last year’s V&A show Decode: Digital Design Sensations, served to illustrate a surging interest in code among designers, writes John Ridpath.

28 January 2011

Enter at your peril

Enter at your peril

Gaspar Noe’s stroboscopic titles express the dark vision of his new film
The titles of Enter the Void cascade at the viewer in a blizzard of typographic noise.

24 January 2011

Inky fingers

Inky fingers

the type department

Letterpress workshop makes a grand day out for screen-weary workers
It may seem a little late to be blogging about the studio holiday treat, but it’s taken me this long to get the last of the ink from under my fingernails, writes Alexander Ecob.

20 January 2011

Shots in the air

Shots in the air

catherine griffiths

Just thirty-six frames for a (typo) exercise in photographic restraint
Back in 1986, before Wellington Polytechnic had computers, writes Catherine Griffiths, Visual Communication Design students spent big on course materials. One tool our tutors encouraged us to buy was an SLR camera, analogue then – either that, or borrow a school one for which there was a queue.

4 January 2011

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

Boudewijn Ietswaart, 1936-2010

feike de jong, jan middendorp

A Dutch designer rediscovered and now remembered for his letterforms
Just before Christmas, Dutch designer and illustrator Boudewijn Ietswaart passed away at his home in Amsterdam at the age of 74. Ietswaart lived to see his brilliant letterforms from the 1960s come to life again as digital fonts in the last year of his life, write Feike de Jong and Jan Middendorp.

23 December 2010

Calling cards

Calling cards

books received

How 76 graphic designers have art-directed their own identities
Logos, business cards, letterheads, brochures, websites, packaging: designers spend a lot of time creating other people’s identities, but what about their own? Liz Farrelly’s new book, Designers’s Identities, examines the way 76 practices from around the world have approached their own branding.

22 December 2010

Celia Frances Stothard 1949-2010

Celia Frances Stothard 1949-2010

Saying goodbye to Alan Kitching’s longtime partner in printing
Celia Stothard died on 8 December. We will miss her. Our condolences to Alan Kitching, her husband and longtime partner in printing.
 
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