Visual Culture

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.

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.
 
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