Visual Culture

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.

16 February 2009

Video game obsession

Video game obsession

aporva baxi

Aporva Baxi’s expanding collection of Nintendo’s Game & Watch
Remember these? A lot of people that I know seem to have had one, or remember being envious of a school kid who had one, writes Aporva Baxi. Typically, it would be Donkey Kong or Mario Bros. (the most popular). Made by Nintendo, the video-game company currently best known for the Wii and DS

10 February 2009

The Form of the Book 2

The Form of the Book 2

andy polaine

‘Nothing. Yet everything’ – Kenya Hara’s Designing Design
My desk resembles an over-developed resort on the Costa del Sol, writes Andy Polaine. Towers of design books vie for attention, some flashy, others already out of fashion, most of them desperately self-conscious.

9 February 2009

Advertisers in the dock. Again

Advertisers in the dock. Again

robert hanks

Advertising is infantile, so banning ads aimed at under-12s will never work
The Children’s Society published the results of its Good Childhood Inquiry last week – its findings being, in summary, that the modern child is a miserable, godforsaken little tyke, mainly because of a materialistic adult culture, writes Robert Hanks.

6 February 2009

Modernism 2.0

Modernism 2.0

limited language

Meaning is back in fashion, courtesy of M/M (Paris)
If you’ve ever been troubled by what they call a ‘postmodern moment’ – disorientated, disconnected and detached – worry no more, write Monika Parrinder + Colin Davies. Postmodernism is over, according to Nicholas Bourriaud the French writer and curator behind the current Tate Triennial 2009.
 
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