Typography

30 March 2011

Bravo, Charlie

Bravo, Charlie

alexander ecob

Playing with phonetic typography at the Kemistry gallery
Hot on the heels of their intriguing exhibition of Saul Bass posters, the Kemistry gallery (a fitting venue for phonetics) plays host to the ICAO Phonetic Spelling Alphabet as interpreted by Eat Sleep Work / Play, Inventory Studio (one of the practices behind ‘The Art of Conversation’) & Julia, writes Alexander Ecob.

29 March 2011

Posters on sticks

Posters on sticks

sally jeffery

A vast river of banner-bearing humanity with something to say
Here is a postscript to Eye’s poster debate, writes Sally Jeffery   (see ‘Help! Poster initiatives mean well …’

22 March 2011

Out of office

Out of office

katie parry

A few words about Birmingham’s Type Writing Symposium
It’s not often I take time out of the studio to do some proper thinking and learning but last Wednesday was different, writes Katie Parry. I attended ‘Type Writing’ a one-day symposium organised and curated by Dr Caroline Archer of The Typographic Hub, a Birmingham City University research centre which works to promote the history, theory and practice of typographic design. An event about typography on my doorstep? How could I resist?

20 March 2011

Fixed compass

Fixed compass

the history department

David Gentleman talks about his identity design for British Steel
The most recent issue of Eye includes a Reputations interview with David Gentleman, whose career spans nearly six decades, and whose work includes illustration, wood engraving, protest graphics, posters, books, stamps and identity design.

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.
 
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