Typography

26 January 2009

Broadsheet bounceback

Broadsheet bounceback

simon esterson

The Times redesigns its Saturday edition with some grand gestures
The Times appeared on Saturday morning (24 January 2009) in its new six-section configuration, writes Simon Esterson. The most obvious change is that the new Saturday Review section marks a return to broadsheet format. And after all those tabloids it does look big: a great sheet of newsprint, only really safely navigated at home on the Saturday breakfast table. (How do those Daily Telegraph readers manage on the train during the week?)

20 January 2009

The Times: from paper 2 mag

The Times: from paper 2 mag

simon esterson

Thunderer prepares for a revamp by quietly reworking its second section
Life’s tough if you publish a paid-for daily newspaper, writes Simon Esterson. There are rising newsprint prices and advertisers moving their budgets online (or just cutting them altogether) while readers desert you for the internet and free papers.

16 January 2009

Us Now documentary

Us Now documentary

kate andrews

Ivo Gormley’s film looks at the political potential of social media
When my mother signed up to Facebook, something extraordinary went through my mind, writes Kate Andrews. What would happen if everybody was part of the same online portal? If boundaries of gender, age, race, religion and culture became void? Questions asked by Us Now, a new film directed by social anthropologist / filmmaker Ivo Gormley.

19 December 2008

Phil’s top type hits

Phil’s top type hits

the type department

Or . . . ‘Now that’s what I call typography, vol. 1’
Chris Wilson’s recent Reputations interview with Phil Baines (Eye 69) pointed out that his early work was ‘featured heavily in Typography Now: The Next Wave   (Booth-Clibborn Editions), selected by Rick Poynor and Why Not Associates in 1991. Here, by popular (and seasonal) demand, are a few examples of Phil’s work from that book.

18 December 2008

Reasons to be cheerful, part 2

Reasons to be cheerful, part 2

A message from Barney Bubbles in the small print? Or just Ian?
Like Mark Porter, I received an exciting package through the post the other day,

16 December 2008

What’s that sound? Who’s that girl?

What’s that sound? Who’s that girl?

Eye’s latest cover features Goldfrapp and Replica
People have been asking what’s on the cover of the latest Eye

12 December 2008

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Spreads from the original Eye no. 6 article about Barney Bubbles
Something for the weekend. Here, by popular demand, are all the spreads from the original sixteen-page feature about Barney Bubbles in Eye no. 6 vol. 2.

10 December 2008

Milestone at the edge of the map

Milestone at the edge of the map

hamish thompson

New Zealand is geared up for its first international typography symposium
‘Small, perplexed post-colonial democracy seeking in-depth typographical conversation.’ Some want ads are made to go unanswered, writes Hamish Thompson from Wellington, New Zealand.

9 December 2008

Dutch character?

Dutch character?

Versa spreads its wings to become Rijksoverheid, the national type
A few weeks ago, the Dutch Prime Minister announced a new identity for the national government, which aims to rationalise the identities of its thirteen ministries and more than 200 departments under a single mark. The ‘1 Logo’ project is by Studio Dumbar, and has two main parts: a logo that recycles the Netherlands coat of arms on a kind of metaphorical ribbon, and a new typeface by Peter Verheul. Somehow the project’s ideals of clarity and unity of communication come across more naturally in the type than the logo, which seems burdened by history.

8 December 2008

Signs for the digital age - in cardboard

Signs for the digital age - in cardboard

the type department

Cartlidge Levene show Guardian and Observer staff where to go
As The Guardian newspaper and websites move into their new offices in London’s Kings Place, Mark Porter, the paper’s creative director, has had the opportunity to commission new signage for the building from Cartlidge Levene, noted for their wayfinding design for the Barbican, Selfridges and the Oval.
 
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