Typography

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).

11 June 2009

D&AD Awards 2009

D&AD Awards 2009

Avoid the Roundhouse crush. Watch the ceremony live on your laptop
You can watch tonight’s D&AD Awards in the comfort of your own home (or while you’re working late) by clicking on the link below (you have to register first).

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.
 
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