Typography

4 December 2008

Happy go lucky local goes out in style

Happy go lucky local goes out in style

john l. walters

John Ross’s photo book of pub regulars, lovingly designed by Browns
British pubs close down all the time. But few of these closures are marked by the publication of a beautiful, limited-edition book of photographs. John Ross’s The Wheatsheaf RIP, designed by Browns and printed by Moore, on paper by G. F. Smith, is a paean to the Wheatsheaf, a Young’s boozer in Borough Market near London Bridge, writes John L. Walters.

2 December 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

ho ho ho

Don’t miss this Xmas card exhibition– for one night (Wed 3 Dec) only
A reminder that Studio8’s seasonal exhibition, featuring new, specially commissioned greeting cards on the theme of the twelve days of Christmas, takes place tonight at the Poke Gallery at 10 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DD.

28 November 2008

MAP/making’s acid test

MAP/making’s acid test

john l. walters

Music, art and performance in action at the Royal College
What is it about the last Thursday in November in London, asks John L. Walters? There were at least half a dozen events competing for our attention: Sanky doing a D&AD lecture; the launch of the AR’s Emerging Architecture at RIBA; Jost Hochuli at St Bride; the ‘Deface Value’ view at Mutate Britain; and so on . . . The one I opted for was a specially commissioned presentation of live audio-visual work at the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery at the Royal College of Art.

19 November 2008

Guy Le Querrec in Africa

Guy Le Querrec in Africa

john l. walters

Encores for Magnum photographer at the London Jazz Festival
We’re halfway into the London Jazz Festival, and the annual event has already delivered three great audio-visual experiences, writes John L. Walters, including movies, animation – and now some black and white documentary photography.

15 November 2008

Crouwel at ‘80 20 100’

Crouwel at ‘80 20 100’

the picture department

Images from the catalogue for the Rotterdam exhibition
Here, by popular demand, are some spreads from the catalogue to ‘80 20 100’, the Rotterdam exhibition of Wim Crouwel’s work mentioned in Chris Vermaas’s memoir of Frank Nijhof.

12 November 2008

St Bride Letterpress Day

St Bride Letterpress Day

simon esterson

The twenty-six soldiers of lead are on the march
There were pictures of proofing presses in studios, giant Wharfdales in barns, Heidelberg cylinders in converted railway arches and lots of type (as above), writes Simon Esterson. St Bride’s celebration of letterpress in London on 7 November was as much about an enthusiasm for the physical technology as a passion for typography.

11 November 2008

Type, tart cards, T-shirts and crosses

Type, tart cards, T-shirts and crosses

chris unitt

Plus International Design Exhibition in Birmingham
I'd not seen much promotion around the city for the ‘Plus International Design Exhibition’, in Birmingham, last week, writes Chris Unitt, but my worries about attendance were unfounded.

31 October 2008

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

archive

Lou Dorfsman’s mural for the CBS cafeteria, from Eye no. 20 vol. 5
Lou Dorfsman died last week at 90. The Web is full of tributes (old and recent) to the great CBS art director, including Steven Heller’s obit in the New York Times,  Michael Bierut’s ‘The Four Lessons of Lou Dorfsman’ on Design Observer and Jim Schachterle’s ‘The Wall that Lou Dorfsman Built’ on Speak Up.

30 October 2008

Q&A with William Hall

Q&A with William Hall

q&a

New technologies haven’t changed the creative process
Another dialogue about the function of graphic design history. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with William Hall on the Eye site.

20 October 2008

The Independent: too gaudy for words

The Independent: too gaudy for words

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye blog
I always liked the idea of The Independent and there have been a couple of periods, especially after it launched in 1986, when I defected to it from The Guardian. Even so, it has been a long time since I read it regularly, although the campaigning front pages produced since its 2005 redesign by Cases i Associats were eye-catching and occasionally led me to buy it. My main stumbling block is the tabloid page (and that goes for The Times, too). No matter how these two papers might rationalise the switch from broadsheet, the smaller size – also used by the Daily Mail – remains inherently down-market. The Guardian’s brilliantly managed move into new territory with the Berliner format underlined how dowdy, unimaginative and old-fashioned its rivals had become. 
 
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