Visual Culture

17 March 2015

Offset 2015: day one

Offset 2015: day one

From Irish design heroes to the silver screen – Anna Kealey describes a packed programme that included Peter Maybury, Ian Anderson, Hey Studio and Annie Atkins
Offset’s first day, Friday 6 March, included speakers from a range of backgrounds – graphic design, advertising, film, industrial design and illustration. But some connecting themes emerged: the importance of physicality and texture, meticulous production methods – and seizing opportunities despite tight deadlines, writes Anna Kealey.

13 March 2015

Kemistry’s greatest hits

Kemistry’s greatest hits

Kemistry Gallery’s brief pop-up exhibition at Protein Studios gives visitors a chance to sample its quirky approach to design and graphic art
Kemistry Gallery occupied a small space in Shoreditch for ten years, and in that time, they showed a series of stimulating exhibitions.

6 March 2015

Ready, Offset, go!

Ready, Offset, go!

Annie Atkins and Sue Murphy talk about their Offset 2015 presentations, their award-winning work, Irish design … and gender balance. By Anna Kealey
The Offset conference has a well earned reputation as an egalitarian event with a uniquely Irish quality; there are no VIP areas or Green Rooms. All attendees are given the opportunity to socialise with each other, usually over a pint, writes Anna Kealey.

24 February 2015

Man on slackwire

Man on slackwire

Paul Davis wears many hats (plus wigs and masks) as both illustrator and artist in his exhibition at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo
The long-standing love affair between illustrator Paul Davis and the art directors and designers of Britain reaches a heartwarming apogee at the Ginza Graphic Gallery (GGG) in Tokyo.

20 February 2015

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

Fellow designers celebrate the life and work of Massimo Vignelli at an exhibition in San Sebastián
A new exhibition at the Okendo Cultural Centre in San Sebastián, Spain, celebrates the life and work of Massimo Vignelli.

19 February 2015

Word pictures from Yahşibey

Word pictures from Yahşibey

A workshop for students in Turkey aimed to focus on graphic design’s value and responsibilities, says organiser and lecturer Gülizar Çepoğlu
This summer in the small village of Yahşibey, near the city of Izmir in Turkey, I headed an international workshop on design activism inspired by the Gezi protests, writes Gülizar Çepoğlu.

13 February 2015

Full bleed

Full bleed

The catalogue for Glenn Ligon’s Come Out evokes the power and brutal claustrophobia of Steve Reich’s 1966 tape composition, first made to raise legal expenses for the Harlem Six.
The catalogue for Glenn Ligon’s Come Out is a picture book full of words, based on a piece of music made of speech, writes John L. Walters.

5 February 2015

Mounted, not sprayed

Mounted, not sprayed

International street artists ‘map their spaces’ on the walls of London’s Somerset House
‘Mapping the City’, featuring 50 artists, occupies the New Wing of Somerset House, a space in transition that features bare concrete floors, fireplaces in disrepair and unfinished stonework doorways, writes Sarah Snaith.

21 January 2015

Mirror on the wall

Mirror on the wall

lisbon, newspapers

The global financial crisis sparked the creation of O Espelho (The Mirror) – a wall newspaper for the streets of Lisbon. By Rose Epple
The first appearance of the Portuguese wall newspaper O Espelho – on 12 November 2012 – was timed to coincide with Angela Merkel’s visit to Lisbon, writes Rose Epple.

16 January 2015

Stepping into stories

Stepping into stories

The Story Museum in Oxford celebrates the power of fiction with an exhibition that combines spoken word with photography and installation design
The Story Museum, which opened in 2014, occupies an unrefurbished building in the heart of Oxford and ‘26 Characters’ is its inaugural exhibition, writes Clare Walters.
 
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