Photography

9 December 2009

The art of mass market mags

The art of mass market mags

the events department

How do you design a cover that sells? Andy Cowles reveals all on 16 Dec 09
With their multiple pictures, blocks of angled type and fluorescent Pantone colours, the covers of the big-circulation weekly magazines might not appear in the D&AD annual. But they are as intensely designed and crafted as any yellow-pencil winner.

8 December 2009

Electric Narcissus and digital Echo

Electric Narcissus and digital Echo

john l. walters

‘Decode: digital design sensations’ at London’s V&A museum
The key word in the title of ‘Decode: digital design sensations’ (which opens today at the Victoria and Albert museum in London) is ‘sensations’.

2 December 2009

Sleeves we like

Sleeves we like

john l. walters, things we like

Robert Flynn’s covers for Impulse! expressed ideas more than sounds
The Impulse! label LP covers by Robert Flynn / Viceroy are among the best of a great era. Yet this 1966 sleeve for John Coltrane’s turbulent, single-track album Ascension doesn’t attempt to represent the sound of the music.

27 November 2009

Taking the ‘P’

Taking the ‘P’

Share a Friday pint with this patriotic policeman
Mr Edwards returns with another Crap Book classic.

24 November 2009

Designing for Dieter Rams

Designing for Dieter Rams

bibliothèque, mason wells

Bibliothèque on the graphic roots of product design
There are important designers and then there are the really important designers, writes Mason Wells of Bibliothèque. Dieter Rams is definitely one of the latter.

13 November 2009

‘N’ is for I ♥ NHS

‘N’ is for I ♥ NHS

Feel the healing power of Mr Edwards’ Crap Book
Mr Edwards administers his Friday medicine.

12 November 2009

Signs of Revolt

Signs of Revolt

noel douglas, tony credland

Ten years after Seattle, the visual force of today’s social movements
In November 1999, an alliance of direct action activists, environmentalists and trade unionists, shut down the meeting of the World Trade Organisation in Seattle, stopping the next trade round of Capitalist Globalisation, write Tony Credland and Noel Douglas (see ‘Whose Space?’ in Eye 66).

11 November 2009

Never mind the music

Never mind the music

john l. walters

Your chance to vote for the best of 2009’s vinyl sleeve art
Formats come and formats go (and MP3s are going the way of cassettes now that we have room for ALEs), but vinyl has had a surprisingly long afterlife, writes John L. Walters.

11 November 2009

Just Add Stock winner, Book series

Just Add Stock winner, Book series

The Penguin Magnum series
The Just Add Stock judges had little difficulty deciding the winner of the book series category: The Penguin Magnum Collection.

10 November 2009

Male-gazing in NZ, Russia and NYC

Male-gazing in NZ, Russia and NYC

lynne ciochetto

Lynn Ciochetto on the creation of new needs and markets
Much advertising in the past has been about creating new needs and taboos that can be met by products, writes Lynne Ciochetto, as I noted in my Eye 59 article ‘Advertising and the globalisation of aspiration’. Throughout most of the twentieth century, the focus has been on the female market.
 
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