Typography

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

rick poynor

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. 

19 October 2008

Q&A with Pedro Inoue

Q&A with Pedro Inoue

q&a

‘Design history is deeply linked with local culture’
Talking about graphic design history. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Pedro Inoue on the Eye website.

15 October 2008

Kyle Cooper

Kyle Cooper

john l. walters

Graphic design and typography go to Hollywood
You have to hand it to Kyle Cooper. The celebrated movie titles designer quickly had the audience for last night’s D&AD President’s lecture at London’s Peacock Theatre transfixed, opening with a lengthy, well memorised passage from Shakespeare’s Henry V.

14 October 2008

On the slab

On the slab

the type department

A hard-working 1970s typeface comes back from the cold
From the type department.  Another strong feature of the New York Magazine anniversary issue (see the recent Eye blog) is the powerful use of the Egyptian Bold Condensed display font. It’s a direct reference to the original Milton Glaser / Walter Bernard design   of the magazine (see the 1973 cover, above, and feature spread, below).
 
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