Visual Culture

30 July 2017

Letterheads in Oslo

Letterheads in Oslo

A report from the informal annual gathering of signwriters, pinstripers, calligraphers and other lettering experts. By Helen Ingham
Last month the ‘Letterheads’ met for their annual meeting, which this year took place in Oslo, Norway, writes Helen Ingham.

25 July 2017

Felt-tip fundamentals

Felt-tip fundamentals

Ink soaks into paper as Daniel Eatock’s mark-making processes result in a riot of colour
Designer and artist Daniel Eatock has a good-natured but unswerving way of reducing things to their essence, writes John L. Walters.

30 May 2017

Friendships and glue

Friendships and glue

A book of scrapbook pages gives new insights into the world of illustrator Edward Bawden
Designer-illustrator Edward Bawden is remembered for a prolific career that embraced posters, book covers, illustrations, murals and set design, writes John L. Walters.

24 May 2017

Books received #26

Books received #26

Frieze, Developing Citizen Designers, Classic Penguin, 2Create and Our World to Change!
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks.

6 May 2017

Characters in search of an emoji

Characters in search of an emoji

Can emojis help people with serious difficulties in communication and self-expression? Katie Baggs is on a mission to find the ‘emoji gaps’
For Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday on 7 March 2017, themed ‘Fists, fleurons & emojis’, I joined designers Alan Kitching, Gavin Lucas and Rian Hughes plus Emojipedia’s Jeremy Burge to chair a panel discussion on non-alphanumeric characters, writes Katie Baggs.

28 April 2017

Noted #81

Noted #81

De Worde, Span, Cashcow Oblique, Bad Decisions and Oz magazine
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

10 April 2017

Bubbles black as ink

Bubbles black as ink

For the past 28 years, Barrie Tullett has been making a typographic Dante, a project to illustrate all 100 Cantos of the Divine Comedy with letterpress, typewriters and Letraset. He is still in Purgatory … and on show in Dublin.
Appropriately enough, my love affair with typography began with a Lonely Hearts Ad, writes Barrie Tullett.

4 April 2017

Dear Mr Johnston

Dear Mr Johnston

A letter from Eiichi Kono to the designer of Johnston Sans, the famous London Underground typeface
Dear Mr Edward Johnston May I take the liberty of introducing myself so that I can bring you up to date on the fate of your typeface?

27 February 2017

Games people play

Games people play

From Senet to Pandemic, the Museum of Childhood’s exhibition ‘Game Plan’ covers five thousand years of fun with board games
If there’s one thing to take away from the ‘Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered’ exhibition is that playing board games is a serious business, writes Clare Walters.

2 February 2017

Draw the Truth

Draw the Truth

At Chelsea College, London – an evening about reportage illustration on Wed 22 February 2017.
This informal event features illustrators Lucinda Rogers and Olivier Kugler talking about their work, plus curators Isabelle Bricknall and Olivia Ahmad on the legacy of the late Jo Brocklehurst, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Prof. Neil Cummings of Chelsea College.
 
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