Visual culture

26 February 2010

Glamour profession

Glamour profession

the fashion department

Anthony Burrill’s graphics for Jenny Packham at London Fashion Week
‘It was all my favourite things in one place,’ says Anthony Burrill, delighted by his latest venture into the world of high fashion.

22 February 2010

Discussing the digital

Discussing the digital

liz farrelly

John Maeda on dirt, de-cluttering and the power of art
Even though John Maeda wasn’t officially speaking at the ‘Decoding the Digital’ conference, staged alongside the exhibition ‘Decode: Digital Design Sensations’, his work and words (from a lecture earlier in that week) were referenced during the proceedings, writes Liz Farrelly.

19 February 2010

20-20 digital hindsight.

20-20 digital hindsight.

honor beddard

Early adopters of computer art and design enter the V&A collections
In the past few years the Victoria and Albert Museum has amassed what is now the national collection of computer-generated art and design, writes V&A curator Honor Beddard.

17 February 2010

Knots and geography

Knots and geography

maxwell roberts

A psychologist challenges the Beck gospel of Underground octolinearity
Henry Beck’s iconic map (or diagram) of 1933 tamed the London Underground by showing chaotic meandering routes as straight lines, writes psychologist Maxwell Roberts. By simplifying the appearance of the map, travellers could plan their journeys more easily.

16 February 2010

Indian ‘ostalgia’?

Indian ‘ostalgia’?

Soviet-style covers for Seagull Books’ histories of Communism
‘What Was Communism?’ is a series of short, snappy monographs, published by Seagull Books and edited by Tariq Ali (who also wrote one of them), writes Fíacha O Dúbhda. They are hardbacks, printed on high quality paper with tasteful lettering, with vivid and distinctive covers designed by Sunandini Banerjee, one of Seagull’s editors.

15 February 2010

Volkssport design

Volkssport design

florian schmidt

Is the design profession at risk thanks to hordes of Web-savvy amateurs?
Here’s Adam Simpson’s illustration (top), which we commissioned for Florian Schmidt’s Eye education article ‘Volkssport design – live and let live?’ (which you can read in Eye 74, out now, below, and online).

12 February 2010

Athenian walkways

Athenian walkways

Design Walk 2010 asks: where is this thing called ‘Greek design’?
Last week Eye was invited to take part in the fourth annual Design Walk in Athens, writes John Ridpath. The event showcased thirteen local studios, and curators Double Decker set each team of designers a different brief based upon the central theme of ‘Poles Apart’.

2 February 2010

Art for aid

Art for aid

How artists and designers can help the Haiti relief effort with their work
To Haiti with love is a new initiative hoping to raise money to help the situation in Haiti: through digital art sales.

1 February 2010

Action stations

Action stations

the events department

Jonathan Miller explores the analysis and representation of movement
The current Estorick exhibition ‘On the Move: Visualising Action’ is not an art or photography exhibition, though it contains plenty of both. Nor is it strictly about science or technology or cultural history.

29 January 2010

‘XYZ’

‘XYZ’

mr edwards

From x-ray spex to zither, the crapbook reaches an end.
It’s the end of the alphabet, and the end of Mr Edward’s crapbook. But before you shed a tear, cast your eyes over the rest of the alphabet. And, if you want to remember how it all started, read this.
 
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