Typography

14 December 2010

Avant G

Avant G

books received

For ‘readers who delight and believe in the validity of artists’ visions’
A new book due to be published by Tate Publishing next year reproduces all six editions of G, the avant-garde journal published by Hans Richter in Berlin between 1923 and 1926.

29 November 2010

Rattle, clatter and forme

Rattle, clatter and forme

sally jeffery

‘Forward Thinking’ told letterpress designer-printers to stay honest
A roomful of handy-looking individuals gathered at St Bride Library for the ‘Forward Thinking’ letterpress conference on 19 November, which had a subtly different air from most typographers’ conclaves, writes Sally Jeffery.

22 November 2010

The science of magazine design

The science of magazine design

the magazine department

Stack America’s infographic explores the fundamentals of art direction
Few people outside the hothouse world of magazine production realise what a difficult and intellectually demanding job editorial art direction can be, so we are deeply grateful to Eye contributor Andrew Losowsky (of Stack America) for this carefully researched chart by Richard Turley and his team (Rob and Kenton) at Bloomberg Business Week.

19 November 2010

Interesting new Yorkshire

Interesting new Yorkshire

pamela bowman

Lego, ‘500 years of Tweeting’ and cake in Sheffield’s Cutlers’ Hall.
Interesting North 2010 took place on Saturday 13 November at the magnificent Cutlers’ Hall, writes Pamela Bowman.

16 November 2010

The app of A Humument

The app of A Humument

john l. walters, the apps department

‘The iPad is one of the oldest things in the world ... a pad or a slate.’
Tom Phillips’ A Humument is an artists’ book made by defacing (and hence deconstructing) an obscure Victorian novel, W.H. Mallock’s A Human Document, writes John L. Walters. (See Archive, Eye no. 18 vol. 5.)

6 November 2010

A sense of wonder

A sense of wonder

the type department

Video clips from Marian Bantjes’ Eye talk at St Bride Library in London
On 5 October, Marian Bantjes spoke to a sold-out audience at the St Bride Library in London about her book, I Wonder. Here are four short video clips from the recent talk, organised by Eye and the Friends of St Bride.

3 November 2010

Touch of science

Touch of science

the science department

Will the Thunderer’s Eureka iPad app displace its printed supplement?
The Times’s Eureka app for the iPad went on sale from iTunes today, price 59p. The design, by in-house art director Matt Curtis, complements that of the monthly print supplement of the same name (see ‘Pull out pages and panic‘ on the Eye blog) but this ‘Science of Sport’ special comprises all-new content, commissioned and programmed for the app at great expense, with several features that take advantage of the  medium’s advantages and idiosyncracies.

28 October 2010

Penguins with attitude

Penguins with attitude

john l. walters

Illustrative wrecks and rescues at the publisher’s New York office.
Despite its celebratory title and retro cover design, Penguin 75 is actually a book about contemporary book design, writes John L. Walters. Its editor, Paul Buckley – otherwise known as ‘VP Executive Creative Director’ at Penguin’s New York office – has chosen 75 wildly different book cover projects from the past decade (listed alphabetically by title), and presented them together with alternate covers and sketches, alongside short commentaries by the authors, art directors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

27 October 2010

Beatrice Warde lecture

Beatrice Warde lecture

simon esterson

Sébastien Morlighem’s gripping tale of Excoffon and the Fonderie Olive.
Tuesday night: to Bridewell Hall at the St Bride Library for the annual Beatrice Warde lecture, this year given by Sébastien Morlighem on ‘Researching Excoffon and the Fonderie Olive: Type as document.’

27 October 2010

Just their type

Just their type

the events department

Typographic posters go on display at Foyles in London
A new exhibition of typographic posters opens at Foyles Gallery today.
 
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