Typography

5 February 2010

Lost for words

Lost for words

jane cheng

Designing new sentences from the latest dictionary additions
OK-RM’s cumulative new year publication series asks where English culture is, and what it means to be an English graphic designer, writes Jane Cheng. In other words is an eight-page booklet that proposes to use in sentences sixteen of the new words added to or modified by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) during the past year.

3 February 2010

Text without type

Text without type

john l. walters

Building Sound: can a website work with just speech, space and colour?
Here’s an interesting sound-based concept – a website that has no type or lettering whatsoever, other than the URL.

25 January 2010

Info design before designers

Info design before designers

simon esterson, the type department

Could today’s professionals learn a thing or two from the Victorians?
Paul Stiff and his colleagues at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading have been researching the everyday printed documents of Victorian life, writes Simon Esterson. The results of their journey through the archives are on show until the end of the week (Fri 29 Jan) at the St Bride Printing Library in the exhibition ‘Designing information before designers’.

17 January 2010

Critique: All mouth and trousers?

Critique: All mouth and trousers?

rick poynor

London designers show how little they care for the poster form
A few months ago, writes Rick Poynor, I was asked by the Design Museum to write a chapter on graphic design for a book entitled Design in Britain (Conran Octopus, October 2009). Wish I’d had the chance, while I was working on it, to see the posters commissioned by the London Design Festival’s founder, John Sorrell, and Pentagram’s Domenic Lippa for the festival in September 2009.

5 January 2010

Berlin snapshots: Alessio Leonardi

Berlin snapshots: Alessio Leonardi

berlin snapshots, john ridpath

‘Germans are very nice, but they don’t have any idea about structure’
Smashing conventions of Germanic discipline and order, Alessio Leonardi speaks to Eye in the latest instalment of our ‘Berlin snapshots’ (started in Eye 74, our Berlin special). For more on Leonardi, see ‘Lust and likeability’ in Eye 67.

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.
 
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