Typography

27 July 2009

The Form of the Book 6

The Form of the Book 6

fraser muggeridge

Fully Booked vs. Jan Tschichold’sThe Form of the Book; it’s a knockout
In the red corner we have The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold in 1975 (English translation published by Lund Humphries in 1991) weighing in at 182 pages.

27 July 2009

Frontline’s big, bold newsprint

Frontline’s big, bold newsprint

john l. walters

A quality, quarterly broadsheet made by moonlighting journalists
Sitting next to a self-absorbed Telegraph reader on the train last week I was reminded of the public transport of fifteen or twenty years ago, similarly packed and stuffy, but full of broadsheet readers of every political stripe.

22 July 2009

Covers galore

Covers galore

the picture department

Alternative designs for the front and back of Eye 72

11 July 2009

Trillion-dollar brainwave

Trillion-dollar brainwave

the video department

Video clip about the SA campaign for the Zimbabwean newspaper
Here’s a short video item about the Zimbabwean’s multi-trillion dollar campaign. See Sean O’Toole’s article ‘Money’s worth less than paper’, also on the Eye blog.

10 July 2009

Eyes and ears

Eyes and ears

john l. walters

John L. Walters’ BBC feature about jazzdesign, on the iPlayer until 13 July
Earlier this week, I had the chance to live out my boyhood fantasy of being a late-night jazz DJ, writes John L. Walters. Well, I was actually commissioned to write and present a short (16') feature about the relationship between jazz and graphic design. (So it wasn’t exactly Clint Eastwood in Play Misty For Me, or ‘Lester the Nightfly’.)

9 July 2009

Money’s worth less than paper

Money’s worth less than paper

sean o'toole, sean o’toole

TBWAHuntLascaris finds a use for Zimbabwe’s useless trillions
The ongoing and all-encompassing crisis in Zimbabwe, the ailing Southern African state presided over by Robert Mugabe, a former schoolteacher turned liberation patriarch, is easily visualised, writes Sean O’Toole. Imagine an unending queue of noughts, a retinue of zeros that wrap line after line. Money that is cheaper than wallpaper.

6 July 2009

7 July memorial in Hyde Park

7 July memorial in Hyde Park

the type department

Phil Baines’ lettering for columns that commemorate 52 lives lost in 2005
Late in September last year, Phil Baines was commissioned to contribute typography for the permanent memorial to the victims of the 7 July 2005 London bombings, which opens on the fourth anniversary of the attack.

29 June 2009

Eye before you buy

Eye before you buy

Sample some words & images; type & illustration from the past two issues

19 June 2009

Eye 72 is on its way

Eye 72 is on its way

the marketing department

Marian Bantjes, Airfix, MTV and ‘the designer as illustrator’
Here’s the cover of the latest issue of Eye. We like it. And no, it doesn’t say ‘sex’, it’s a detail of Marian Bantjes’ ‘Seduction’ poster for Yale School of Architecture. 

18 June 2009

Heavy metal

Heavy metal

anthony oliver

Anthony Oliver’s Common Knowledge piece about tractor badges from Eye 71
My father was a design engineer who specialised in heavy earth-moving equipment, writes photographer Anthony Oliver, so I grew up around iconic names such as Kenworth Trucks, Caterpillar and Oshkosh (the most powerful trucks in the world – not kids’ dungarees).
 
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