Visual Culture

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.

31 March 2009

The heights (and depths) of fashion

The heights (and depths) of fashion

wayne ford

Moscow’s ‘Changing Beauty’: style is in the eye of the photographer
‘Changing Beauty’ is the theme of the sixth Fashion and Style in Photography biennale, organised by the Moscow House of Photography, with 60 exhibitions across the Russian capital, from the grand exhibition hall of the Manege to the small independent galleries and the GUM department store on Red Square, writes Wayne Ford.

29 March 2009

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

Jan van Toorn at the Mermaid

simon esterson

‘Collecting images is not enough. How democratic is it?’
In a very polite, and very Dutch way, writes Simon Esterson, Jan van Toorn used the latest D&AD lecture to remind the audience at London’s Mermaid Theatre about graphic design’s social possibilities. He told us we should break out of our design stereotypes because, ‘it’s boring to produce neat things’.

20 March 2009

Design auction

Design auction

the picture department

Were you there? How much did you drink? What did you buy?
Photographs: Julian Anderson, juliananderson.co.uk

18 March 2009

The Form of the Book 3

The Form of the Book 3

william hall

When misunderstandings could be fatal – Mushrooms by Roger Phillips
‘Death cap Amanita phalloides: prolonged and violent vomiting and diarrhoea accompanied by severe abdominal pains, lasting for a day or more. Typically this is followed by an apparent recovery, when the victim may be released from hospital or think their ordeal over, but death results from kidney and liver failure within a few days.

9 March 2009

Blue (nerd) heaven?

Blue (nerd) heaven?

david thompson

Last year I aired some reservations regarding Zack Snyder’s then-forthcoming adaptation of Watchmen, the acclaimed graphic novel by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore. One of the concerns was that, since the comic’s initial publication in 1986, many of its themes have been explored and copied elsewhere – most obviously in Pixar’s The Incredibles and in the TV series Heroes, the first season of which borrows a major plot point.

5 March 2009

Museum and magazine

Museum and magazine

the events department

New exhibitions at the Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland
The Graphic Design Museum in Breda, Holland, has published a magazine to coincide with its three new exhibitions, which run until early June:

25 February 2009

Is print really dirtier than online?

Is print really dirtier than online?

barney cox

Barney Cox’s technology feature from Eye 70 looks at green issues
When it comes to the environmental impact of communication media, print is usually singled out as the dirty old man, writes Barney Cox in ‘Foot prints’, Eye no.70. vol. 18. It is understandable why that should be. In the shiny, weightless online world, everything happens in the twinkling of an eye and it is possible to instantly view a Web page or email created on the other side of the world. With the rise of the iPhone, Wifi and 3G dongles, this viewing can be anywhere, as long as you have battery life and a few bars of signal.

23 February 2009

Collection by Matt Willey

Collection by Matt Willey

matt willey

Scrapper vs. Slugger. Boxing posters: tough type; bare facts; no fuss
I found these old boxing posters recently and I think they are wonderful, writes Matt Willey. The typefaces and the way they are arranged appeal to me. The arrangement of the type is a result, I presume, of a simple need to get all this information on the poster – nothing more fancy than that.

20 February 2009

In passing: Obit

In passing: Obit

rick poynor

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye site and blog
This American blog-mag reminds us that obituaries are about lives lived. At a certain point in your life, you find yourself drawn to obituaries, writes Rick Poynor. Your own departure, once so far away and impossible seeming, is now a racing certainty. You are more than half way through and people who were middle-aged when you were young – actors, politicians, TV personalities – are showing up in the obituary pages with sobering regularity.
 
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