Typography

4 January 2010

Margaret Calvert on Top Gear

Margaret Calvert on Top Gear

the video department

The co-designer of Britain’s road signs hits the open road with James May
Last night, UK television viewers were treated to a little piece of living graphic design history – Margaret Calvert appeared on Top Gear, the BBC’s long-running car show.

3 January 2010

Video thrills – the letterpress star

Video thrills – the letterpress star

the video department

Short Vimeo clips from Alan Kitching’s recent Eye talk at Advanced Graphics
We’ve compiled three short video clips from the recent talk at Advanced Graphics. More later.

15 December 2009

The romance of chemicals

The romance of chemicals

hamish thompson

A portrait of Swiss designer Max Schmid, father of ‘Geigy style’, by New Zealand typographer Hamish Thompson
Zurich is a long way from my home in Wellington, New Zealand, so I missed out on the Geigy exhibition, ‘Good Design, Good Business’ held in the Zurich Museum of Design earlier this year, writes Hamish Thompson.

10 December 2009

Hat-Trick card trick

Hat-Trick card trick

things we like

Typographic treats (or what Jim Sutherland did on his holidays)
You wouldn’t want to play poker or spit with a pack like this, but type-spotters will probably devise their own game.

9 December 2009

The art of mass market mags

The art of mass market mags

the events department

How do you design a cover that sells? Andy Cowles reveals all on 16 Dec 09
With their multiple pictures, blocks of angled type and fluorescent Pantone colours, the covers of the big-circulation weekly magazines might not appear in the D&AD annual. But they are as intensely designed and crafted as any yellow-pencil winner.

5 December 2009

The form of the book

The form of the book

jane cheng

Fifteenth-century book-making – white space by design and default
It is usually argued by incunabulists (specialists in works printed prior to 1501) that the first printed books were designed to look exactly like their manuscript predecessors, writes Jane Cheng. Looking at the two examples here, both fifteenth-century versions of the Imitatio Christi now in the Harvard Libraries, it is tempting to agree.

3 December 2009

Stop press

Stop press

the type department

Tickets available for an Eye evening with Alan Kitching & Celia Stothard
Next week, there’s a special opportunity to hear Alan and Celia talk about their prints, see their exhibition and purchase selected works. (See Eye blog, ‘Fine words for Kitching / Stothard’).

2 December 2009

Sleeves we like

Sleeves we like

john l. walters, things we like

Robert Flynn’s covers for Impulse! expressed ideas more than sounds
The Impulse! label LP covers by Robert Flynn / Viceroy are among the best of a great era. Yet this 1966 sleeve for John Coltrane’s turbulent, single-track album Ascension doesn’t attempt to represent the sound of the music.

26 November 2009

Ms C’s sketchbook

Ms C’s sketchbook

the picture department

Margaret Calvert pays tribute to typographer Phyllis Pearsall
Mrs P’s Journey by Margaret Calvert is an A2, seven-colour screen-print, available from the Design Museum Shop in an edition of 100. All proceeds go towards the Design Museum exhibitions and education programme.

19 November 2009

Fine words for Kitching / Stothard

Fine words for Kitching / Stothard

john l. walters

Breathing life into the dying embers of letterpress … to light graphic fireworks
The great thing about spoken tributes, when they’re done well, is that they give the speakers a chance to say nice things they would never say face to face, writes John L. Walters.
 
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