Visual Culture

25 June 2009

(not so) Secret Blisters

(not so) Secret Blisters

the picture department

Screenprints on show and on sale for one night only
‘Secret Blisters’ takes place on Friday 26 June – it’s a Print Club London event that features screenprints by designer-illustrators such as Si Scott, Paula Castro, Kate Moross, Anthony Burrill, Eine and James Joyce, who’s featured in the latest issue of Eye.

23 June 2009

Not in their elements

Not in their elements

tony meeuwissen

When illustrator Tony Meeuwissen met Rolling Stones Keef and Brian
I briefly met two Rolling Stones in 1967, writes Tony Meeuwissen, thanks to Al Vandenberg, the American master photographer (then an innovative art director) and my only genuine art teacher.

19 June 2009

Eye 72 is on its way

Eye 72 is on its way

the marketing department

Marian Bantjes, Airfix, MTV and ‘the designer as illustrator’
Here’s the cover of the latest issue of Eye. We like it. And no, it doesn’t say ‘sex’, it’s a detail of Marian Bantjes’ ‘Seduction’ poster for Yale School of Architecture. 

18 June 2009

Heavy metal

Heavy metal

anthony oliver

Anthony Oliver’s Common Knowledge piece about tractor badges from Eye 71
My father was a design engineer who specialised in heavy earth-moving equipment, writes photographer Anthony Oliver, so I grew up around iconic names such as Kenworth Trucks, Caterpillar and Oshkosh (the most powerful trucks in the world – not kids’ dungarees).

16 June 2009

Smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors

john l. walters

Poke’s digital agency map for Super Contemporary at the Design Museum
It’s like a very simple video warfare game, chronologically controlled by one knob. As you enter the third quarter of 2001, writes John L. Walters, Razorfish explodes,

11 June 2009

D&AD Awards 2009

D&AD Awards 2009

Avoid the Roundhouse crush. Watch the ceremony live on your laptop
You can watch tonight’s D&AD Awards in the comfort of your own home (or while you’re working late) by clicking on the link below (you have to register first).

10 June 2009

Design, music and lyrics

Design, music and lyrics

the picture department

Afrobeat and the art of Lemi Ghariokwu at Rich Mix
LP sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson once said that he based his covers on his clients’ lyrics. Nigerian designer Ghariokwu Lemi takes a similar approach in his celebrated covers for Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

4 June 2009

Corporate identity set in concrete

Corporate identity set in concrete

jessica jenkins

How Zlín did for the city what Basel did for the page
If the name Zlín, a town in Czech Moravia, rings a bell, it is probably for its international film festival, writes Jessica Jenkins. Less known, yet far more influential, is its achievement as the twentieth century’s most successful experiment in social spatial engineering.

1 June 2009

Paul Davis wakes up in Brighton

Paul Davis wakes up in Brighton

liz farrelly

Make drawings, shag, drink . . . it makes me think just how short life is.
On first viewing, Paul Davis’s current exhibition of word drawings felt a tad bleak, during a sunny Friday afternoon wind-up to a Bank Holiday weekend, writes Liz Farrelly.

28 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Three

TypoBerlin Day Three

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp goes into Space and returns to (Sol) Sender
Time for a roundup of TypoBerlin 09, the fourteenth edition of Europe’s largest yearly conference on type, graphic design and related matters, reports Jan Middendorp.
 
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