Visual Culture

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.

6 April 2009

A contributor writes

A contributor writes

the post room

Letters from the Eye postbag: calligraphy by Paul Shaw
One of the more cheering aspects of working on a graphic design magazine is receiving elaborately designed letters through the Royal Mail. When the invoice from contributor Paul Shaw arrived in this envelope last week, it seemed a shame to open it.

2 April 2009

The Form of the Book 5

The Form of the Book 5

derek birdsall

Dracula, blood-red prints of darkness (with dedicated typefaces)
John Morgan’s meticulous reading of Dracula, Bram Stoker’s classic and complex ‘novel’ (originally published in 1897) results in a golden, golden-section edition, writes Derek Birdsall. As one of the characters repeatedly refers to the (then) modern invention of the typewriter, Morgan has set Mina Harker’s journal entries in a quirky version of typewriter type (Remington, of course!).

1 April 2009

These letters are so wrong

These letters are so wrong

jan middendorp

But sometimes, as Playful Type shows, ‘any old shape’ really will do
‘A typically moral and conscientious Englishman’, Eric Gill once said, finds himself inclined to think that ‘an “R” ought to have a bow more or less semicircular and of a diameter about half the length of the stem’, even though in reality ‘any old shape will do to make a letter with’. But moralisation about type is not limited to the people with the stiff upper lips, writes Jan Middendorp.

31 March 2009

Type, Metahaven and TDR

Type, Metahaven and TDR

the promotion department

Get your hands on a copy of Eye 71. Plus Type Week on the blog
The new issue of Eye 71 is out. And to celebrate, we are having our first-ever Type Week on the blog. Watch this space for blogs about typography books, typefaces, new technology and extracts from Eye 71.
 
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