Visual Culture

26 May 2009

Cheesy, but in a good way

Cheesy, but in a good way

liz farrelly

Somers Town gives product placement a monochrome makeover
Now that the annual hullabaloo of D&AD has kicked off (nominations announced; awards dinner, 11 June), it’s all too easy to forget that for the majority of the populace, outside the industries of ‘persuasion’, advertising is a shadowy concern, writes Liz Farrelly.

24 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Two

TypoBerlin Day Two

jan middendorp

Another Jan Middendorp Eye report – Ale, Angel, Adam, John and Chip
TypoBerlin Day Two As TypoBerlin 2009 is getting ready for its third and last day, your correspondent reviews day two and marvels at the sheer diversity of what was has been on offer so far. Friday was a day of extremes, writes Jan Middendorp.

22 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day One

TypoBerlin Day One

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp blogs for Eye – direct from the ‘pregnant oyster’
The venue is fantastic. Dubbed ‘the pregnant oyster’, the Kongresshalle was a gift from the Americans to (West) Berlin, built in 1956 under the direction of architect Hugh Stubbins. Having collapsed under the optimism of its construction in 1980, it was rebuilt in subsequent years and became the ‘Haus der Kulturen der Welt’, the House of World Cultures.

21 May 2009

Offset 2009

Offset 2009

linda king

Why Dublin? Why now (well, November)? Why not?
The scale and ambition of Offset, a three-day ‘creative’ conference, is impressive by any standards, writes Linda King. Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Dave McKean, Chip Kidd, Pentagram, Graphic Thought Facility and Experimental Jetset are all confirmed speakers.

19 May 2009

Barry Fantoni’s London show

Barry Fantoni’s London show

liz farrelly

Last chance to scratch the surface of a Sixties satirist
It’s your last chance to catch a small, perfectly formed exhibition of work by Barry Fantoni, featuring his career highlights from the past 50 years, writes Liz Farrelly

15 May 2009

Kim Hiorthøy strikes again

Kim Hiorthøy strikes again

john l. walters

Cult Norwegian music label produces graphic design monograph (with CDs)
Is the new artefact from Norwegian record label Rune Grammofon a double CD with extended artwork, asks John L. Walters, or a graphic design monograph with a side order of music?

13 May 2009

OFFF goes to Lisbon

OFFF goes to Lisbon

john davey

Born entertainers . . . the living legends of print and pixel
The OFFF festival celebrates its tenth birthday next year. Until last year, it was held in Barcelona, but it has moved to Lisbon for the latest (ninth) event, which took place at the end of last week, reports John Davey.

11 May 2009

‘You can almost smell them.’

‘You can almost smell them.’

the picture department

The sensual, sidelong world of Veronica Bailey’s photographs
A new exhibition in London’s swanky Bond Street shows some of the latest work of photographer-artist Veronica Bailey, whom longtime Eye readers may remember from Sue Steward’s article ‘Torn space’ (Eye no. 59 vol. 15).

8 May 2009

Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

jessica jenkins

Re: Reputations of poacher-turned-brandkeeper Ian Anderson and TDR
From Jessica Jenkins Trick or treat? Ian Anderson’s masterstroke of dissolving The Designers Republic and reinventing it as . . . The Designers Republic had the design press falling over themselves.

6 May 2009

Anne Harild’s animations

Anne Harild’s animations

the moving picture department

Urgent dispatches from an unsettling, illustrated future
Danish artist Anne Harild is nominally an illustrator (who studied at the University of the Arts London and at the Royal College of Art), yet her work challenges many interpretations of the term.
 
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