Visual Culture

28 January 2014

Sale of the century?

Sale of the century?

Antique or academic resource? Dan Rhatigan considers a dilemma: the disposal of type design archives once consigned to the scrapheap
On 5 January 2014, an episode of BBC Television’s popular Antiques Roadshow caught the attention of many typographers and lovers of type, writes Dan Rhatigan.

1 January 2014

Noted #57

Noted #57

Publications from the British Council, Monika Bartels / FontWerk, Carter Wong, Pentagram and Thomas Manss
Here are a few publications that grabbed our attention in the last few weeks.

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.

28 November 2013

A century of lick and stick

A century of lick and stick

Michael Russem’s Postage Stamps By AIGA Medalists features graphic design in miniature from 1909-2007
Michael Russem’s book Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists,  showcases almost every known stamp designed by a medallist, writes Meredith Thomas.

12 November 2013

Insanely integrated, day one

Insanely integrated, day one

Despite its vague theme of ‘The fluidity in-between …’, the Integrated2013 conference in Antwerp was sharp and entertaining
The biannual Integrated conference organised by Hugo Puttaert, can seem bewilderingly complex at first glance, writes John L. Walters.

30 October 2013

The gospel of Dave

The gospel of Dave

Graphic Renaissance man Dave McKean sings two of his Nine Lives and launches Sandman Overture at Foyles’ 3rd floor gallery
Dave McKean is a prolific illustrator, film director, animator, designer and self-publisher – the bearded Renaissance man of British comic art, writes John L. Walters.
 
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