Typography

11 June 2009

Beyond our Ken

Beyond our Ken

andrew robertson

Celebrating Ken Briggs’ colourful career at the National Theatre
Graphic designer Ken Briggs is one of the great Kens of 1960s London, writes Andrew Robertson. Possibly not quite as celebrated (or notorious) as Ken Garland, Ken Tynan, Kenneth Williams or Ken ‘Civilisation’ Clark, but always admired and appreciated by other designers for his characteristically British take on Modernism.

4 June 2009

Corporate identity set in concrete

Corporate identity set in concrete

jessica jenkins

How Zlín did for the city what Basel did for the page
If the name Zlín, a town in Czech Moravia, rings a bell, it is probably for its international film festival, writes Jessica Jenkins. Less known, yet far more influential, is its achievement as the twentieth century’s most successful experiment in social spatial engineering.

28 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Three

TypoBerlin Day Three

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp goes into Space and returns to (Sol) Sender
Time for a roundup of TypoBerlin 09, the fourteenth edition of Europe’s largest yearly conference on type, graphic design and related matters, reports Jan Middendorp.

24 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Two

TypoBerlin Day Two

jan middendorp

Another Jan Middendorp Eye report – Ale, Angel, Adam, John and Chip
TypoBerlin Day Two As TypoBerlin 2009 is getting ready for its third and last day, your correspondent reviews day two and marvels at the sheer diversity of what was has been on offer so far. Friday was a day of extremes, writes Jan Middendorp.

22 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day One

TypoBerlin Day One

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp blogs for Eye – direct from the ‘pregnant oyster’
The venue is fantastic. Dubbed ‘the pregnant oyster’, the Kongresshalle was a gift from the Americans to (West) Berlin, built in 1956 under the direction of architect Hugh Stubbins. Having collapsed under the optimism of its construction in 1980, it was rebuilt in subsequent years and became the ‘Haus der Kulturen der Welt’, the House of World Cultures.

28 April 2009

Scott Dadich at the EDO

Scott Dadich at the EDO

simon esterson

Star Trek’s sci-fi geekery sugars the science pill of the San Fran mag
Here at Eye Towers we’re all too aware of the joys (and limitations) of making a magazine with a small team, writes Simon Esterson, so it’s always good to be reminded how the big boys do it.

23 April 2009

Too good to keep

Too good to keep

the post room

Your chance to win some swag from the Eye postbag
Whether it’s prestigious magazines or calligraphic envelopes, all kinds of amazing (and sometimes baffling) stuff turns up in the Eye postbag.

22 April 2009

Golden age of type blogs 3

Golden age of type blogs 3

the type department

Online resources from type foundries and retailers, etc. . .
Another bloody list. How type sellers [thanks Stephen!] keep in touch with their fans, customers, critics and various random members of the public.

20 April 2009

Rue Britanica

Rue Britanica

john l. walters

Typeface name changes after Eye magazine goes to press
It’s the moment every journalist and editor dreads. You decide to write an article, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.

17 April 2009

Revival! preview

Revival! preview

the type department

Speed-dating, craft, obsessive photography and The DFC
Revival!: Eighth Annual Friends of St Bride Library Conference St Bride Library, London, 23 and 24 April 2008 This conference, explain the organisers, explores how we reinvigorate contemporary design thinking through a reconsideration of what it is we think we do best. The past has a part to play in such a reconsideration. On offer at this event then are a series of talks and displays, which set out the stories of key practitioners and their re-engagement with what it is they do as designers, writers and makers by looking backward to find fresh creative directions, renewed enthusiasm and a way forward.
 
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