Typography

24 January 2014

Ken Briggs: 1931-2013

Ken Briggs: 1931-2013

A great Modernist graphic designer. Fraser Muggeridge pays tribute
Ken Briggs has died at his home in Eltham, South London aged 82 after struggling for several years with Parkinson’s disease. He is best known for the hundreds of posters and programmes he designed for The National Theatre in London during the 1960s, writes Fraser Muggeridge.

13 January 2014

Typorama spectacular

Typorama spectacular

This Paris retrospective of Philippe Apeloig’s cerebral, conceptual design and typography is a triumph that exceeds high expectations, reports Steven Heller
The last time I saw a gaggle of teenage art students sitting quietly on the floor in a museum gallery intently making sketches of posters hanging on a wall, as though they were drawing from classical plaster casts or painted masterworks, writes Steven Heller, was … never!

24 December 2013

Autograph monograph

Autograph monograph

A new book shows Marian Bantjes’ deep personal engagement with her work. Review of Pretty Pictures by Mark Porter.
Pretty Pictures covers the astonishing body of work Marian Bantjes produced over nine years after a radical mid-career reinvention. It is essentially a conventional monograph, but nothing about Bantjes is entirely conventional, writes Mark Porter.

20 December 2013

Type on the tongue

Type on the tongue

Eye’s panel checks out the taste of Helvetica, Impact and Comic Sans (as cooked up by Sarah Hyndman)
Designer Sarah Hyndman is known for her Type Tasting workshops – popular events at Pick Me Up and London Design Festival this year. For Hyndman’s latest project, A Taste of Type, she has reversed the approach by asking, ‘what does type taste like?’

19 December 2013

Out of the shadows

Out of the shadows

The Gentle Author delivers an album of London past and present in time for Christmas
The long hours of darkness that signify the encroaching winter can cast an unfavourable light on East London, writes Sarah Snaith.

18 December 2013

Comp up the volume

Comp up the volume

A loud new book pays tribute to the Colby Poster Printing Company of LA and their clients, from artists to junk dealers
This new book is a riotous feast of posters produced in recent decades by the Colby Poster Printing Company, which shut its doors for good at the end of 2012, writes John L. Walters.

13 December 2013

Noted #56

Noted #56

An Advent Adventure, Fedrigoni, the Dutch Type Library and MoetMoet Letterpress, Typodarium, and Studio Hinrichs’ typography calendar
Here are a few festive calendars that piqued our interest this week.

6 December 2013

On the water, off the wall

On the water, off the wall

Lawrence Weiner’s typographic and gestural drawings fill the lower gallery of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum
‘Written on the Wind’ (Op de Wind Geschreven) is an exhibition at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum of more than 300 works on paper by the conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner, alongside short films, notebooks and gestural markings in the work and on the walls, writes Sarah Snaith.

4 December 2013

Type Tuesday – 10 December 2013

Type Tuesday – 10 December 2013

Archive night with Lucienne Roberts, Rathna Ramanathan, Fraser Muggeridge, Gerry Leonidas, Ken Garland, Simon Esterson and Martin Andrews
Next week we’ll be hosting another Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London. This time it’s an ‘archive night’ in collaboration with the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.

2 December 2013

Books Received #5

Books Received #5

Alphabet postcards, type geeks as ‘birders’, post-digital letterpress, understanding type basics and calligraphy
Here is a brief look at some type-oriented titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.
 
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