Visual Culture

27 April 2009

‘No excuse for an uncomfortable chair’

‘No excuse for an uncomfortable chair’

victoria mcdougall

Helvetica director Gary Hustwit turns his lens on product design
How does the work of designers affect us, asks Objectified, the latest documentary film from Helvetica director Gary Hustwit, which had its first London showing to an enthusiastic full house at the Curzon Cinema in Chelsea on 16 April, writes Victoria McDougall.

23 April 2009

Too good to keep

Too good to keep

the post room

Your chance to win some swag from the Eye postbag
Whether it’s prestigious magazines or calligraphic envelopes, all kinds of amazing (and sometimes baffling) stuff turns up in the Eye postbag.

20 April 2009

Rue Britanica

Rue Britanica

john l. walters

Typeface name changes after Eye magazine goes to press
It’s the moment every journalist and editor dreads. You decide to write an article, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.

17 April 2009

David Hillman

David Hillman

simon esterson

Gems from a master of magazine and newspaper art direction
There has been a lot of talk about golden ages on the Eye blog recently, writes Simon Esterson, and at last night’s D&AD conversation between editor Patrick Baglee and designer David Hillman, another golden age flashed before the audience’s eyes: the golden age of magazines and magazine art directors.

17 April 2009

Revival! preview

Revival! preview

the type department

Speed-dating, craft, obsessive photography and The DFC
Revival!: Eighth Annual Friends of St Bride Library Conference St Bride Library, London, 23 and 24 April 2008 This conference, explain the organisers, explores how we reinvigorate contemporary design thinking through a reconsideration of what it is we think we do best. The past has a part to play in such a reconsideration. On offer at this event then are a series of talks and displays, which set out the stories of key practitioners and their re-engagement with what it is they do as designers, writers and makers by looking backward to find fresh creative directions, renewed enthusiasm and a way forward.

16 April 2009

‘Cindy Sherman’ in Mayfair

‘Cindy Sherman’ in Mayfair

wayne ford

Portraits of the artist as a wealthy American matron
Over the past 30 years Cindy Sherman has developed an intimate relationship with her camera, writes Wayne Ford, capturing herself – although these are not mere self-portraits – in varying personas and guises, from the B-list movie characters of her first significant series, ‘Untitled Film Stills’ (1977-80), to her 2004 clowns. Now, in ‘Cindy Sherman’ at Sprüth Magers London, in moneyed Mayfair, she appears as a series of affluent and ageing American women.

14 April 2009

Drawn to be wilder

Drawn to be wilder

rian hughes

Rian Hughes explores magazine hand-lettering in the latest issue of Eye
Custom type was not an occasional indulgent art in the pre-digital dark ages, it was the norm, says Rian Hughes in ‘Drawn to be wild’ (Eye no. 71 vol. 18).

8 April 2009

Cutting some Slack for the AR

Cutting some Slack for the AR

simon esterson

A framework that’s more than just a (projected) shadow of its former self
The Architectural Review, the 113-year-old monthly known simply as ‘the AR’ by its visually aware audience, has had a tough time of it over the past few years, writes Simon Esterson. Changes in ownership and a loss of design direction left it looking like an also-ran in a field it once dominated. I’ve been a keen follower of the AR since its Manplan issues (see Eye no. 54 vol. 14) sparked my interest in both architecture and magazine design in the school art room nearly 40 years ago, so it is very encouraging to see the redesigned April issue emerge phoenix-like from the inferno that is contemporary magazine publishing.

7 April 2009

Curwen on the Stone(s)

Curwen on the Stone(s)

the picture department

Pasche’s rock’n’roll posters get the fine printing treatment
Designer John Pasche writes to tell us that his celebrated Rolling Stones posters (see Two degrees of (colour) separation, Eye Blog, September 2008) are available from his new website, rollingstonesposters.co.uk.

6 April 2009

Golden Age of type? Or the dark ages?

Golden Age of type? Or the dark ages?

the type department

Eye’s type special nominates the faces of the moment. Now name yours
In ‘Golden age?’ (Eye no. 71 vol. 18), we asked twelve practitioners – art directors, type designers, educators – to suggest examples of typefaces that characterise the Zeitgeist, and show some of their nominated fonts. Now it’s your turn.
 
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