Visual Culture

12 December 2008

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Reasons to be cheerful, part 1

Spreads from the original Eye no. 6 article about Barney Bubbles
Something for the weekend. Here, by popular demand, are all the spreads from the original sixteen-page feature about Barney Bubbles in Eye no. 6 vol. 2.

11 December 2008

The aesthetics of emptiness

The aesthetics of emptiness

the picture department

Pictures of empty and abandoned spaces in the US and Japan
Abandoned buildings and places have always invited photography.

10 December 2008

Milestone at the edge of the map

Milestone at the edge of the map

hamish thompson

New Zealand is geared up for its first international typography symposium
‘Small, perplexed post-colonial democracy seeking in-depth typographical conversation.’ Some want ads are made to go unanswered, writes Hamish Thompson from Wellington, New Zealand.

9 December 2008

Dutch character?

Dutch character?

Versa spreads its wings to become Rijksoverheid, the national type
A few weeks ago, the Dutch Prime Minister announced a new identity for the national government, which aims to rationalise the identities of its thirteen ministries and more than 200 departments under a single mark. The ‘1 Logo’ project is by Studio Dumbar, and has two main parts: a logo that recycles the Netherlands coat of arms on a kind of metaphorical ribbon, and a new typeface by Peter Verheul. Somehow the project’s ideals of clarity and unity of communication come across more naturally in the type than the logo, which seems burdened by history.

8 December 2008

Signs for the digital age - in cardboard

Signs for the digital age - in cardboard

the type department

Cartlidge Levene show Guardian and Observer staff where to go
As The Guardian newspaper and websites move into their new offices in London’s Kings Place, Mark Porter, the paper’s creative director, has had the opportunity to commission new signage for the building from Cartlidge Levene, noted for their wayfinding design for the Barbican, Selfridges and the Oval.

4 December 2008

Happy go lucky local goes out in style

Happy go lucky local goes out in style

john l. walters

John Ross’s photo book of pub regulars, lovingly designed by Browns
British pubs close down all the time. But few of these closures are marked by the publication of a beautiful, limited-edition book of photographs. John Ross’s The Wheatsheaf RIP, designed by Browns and printed by Moore, on paper by G. F. Smith, is a paean to the Wheatsheaf, a Young’s boozer in Borough Market near London Bridge, writes John L. Walters.

3 December 2008

Eye 70 covers on press!

Eye 70 covers on press!

the production department

Eye no. 70 is on the way,with features about ‘digital craft’, DixonBaxi, theatre programmes and the importance of ‘making it real’. Here’s Jay’s snap of the covers on press at Beacon, above.

2 December 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

ho ho ho

Don’t miss this Xmas card exhibition– for one night (Wed 3 Dec) only
A reminder that Studio8’s seasonal exhibition, featuring new, specially commissioned greeting cards on the theme of the twelve days of Christmas, takes place tonight at the Poke Gallery at 10 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DD.

1 December 2008

Sticky fingers

Sticky fingers

brand madness

Brand madness or closure? The Eye parcel tapes have arrived
The rolls of Eye parcel tape have arrived, looking almost Christmassy.

28 November 2008

MAP/making’s acid test

MAP/making’s acid test

john l. walters

Music, art and performance in action at the Royal College
What is it about the last Thursday in November in London, asks John L. Walters? There were at least half a dozen events competing for our attention: Sanky doing a D&AD lecture; the launch of the AR’s Emerging Architecture at RIBA; Jost Hochuli at St Bride; the ‘Deface Value’ view at Mutate Britain; and so on . . . The one I opted for was a specially commissioned presentation of live audio-visual work at the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery at the Royal College of Art.
 
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