Visual Culture

19 November 2008

Guy Le Querrec in Africa

Guy Le Querrec in Africa

john l. walters

Encores for Magnum photographer at the London Jazz Festival
We’re halfway into the London Jazz Festival, and the annual event has already delivered three great audio-visual experiences, writes John L. Walters, including movies, animation – and now some black and white documentary photography.

7 November 2008

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

Frank Nijhof of Nijhof & Lee

chris vermaas

Memoir of a great Dutch booksellerby Chris Vermaas
Frank Nijhof was a neighbour, and one of my favourite booksellers. I lived around the corner of the very fine bookstore Nijhof & Lee that Frank started with his partner Warren: I knew the good man well. Frank got sick a year ago with a cancer that could not be cured: it was really bad. You know, you start to understand the value of a person when he or she is not around anymore.

5 November 2008

Giant Steps

Giant Steps

q&a

Michal Levy: Colour has the same effect it had when we were ‘cavemen’
Previously unpublished ‘beyond the canon’ Q&A with Michal Levy about design history. Levy, now resident in Philadelphia, US, comes from Tel Aviv, Israel.

4 November 2008

Just like our own dear Queen

Just like our own dear Queen

the picture department

‘White Obama’ poster conjures up the spirit of Colors on voting day
Coming into town on a damp Tuesday morning, it was cheering to see a graphic design splash on the front page of free newspaper Metro. Reminded us of our own dear Queen, as envisaged by Colors.

3 November 2008

Q&A with Adam + S

Q&A with Adam + S

q&a

We are like journalists, just visual.Our work looks like our client
More from summer’s ‘beyond the canon’ special issue. Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Adam + Sébastien on the Eye site.

31 October 2008

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

Gastrotypographicalassemblage

archive

Lou Dorfsman’s mural for the CBS cafeteria, from Eye no. 20 vol. 5
Lou Dorfsman died last week at 90. The Web is full of tributes (old and recent) to the great CBS art director, including Steven Heller’s obit in the New York Times,  Michael Bierut’s ‘The Four Lessons of Lou Dorfsman’ on Design Observer and Jim Schachterle’s ‘The Wall that Lou Dorfsman Built’ on Speak Up.

31 October 2008

Quantum of Croydon

Quantum of Croydon

john l. walters

Living in a box between the flyover and the market
I’ve always been amused by scientific references in titles, writes John L. Walters (and as a former maths / physics student, I’ve used some myself), but it’s odd to see the word ‘Quantum’, whether it’s in a pop group, a TV show, the latest Bond, or Quantum Publishing (later ‘Business Media’), the now-defunct company that owned Eye (and employed me) for several years until 2005. Quantum - meaning: 'the smallest measurable difference’ - bought Eye magazine as part of a ‘lucky bag’ of magazines from Emap.

29 October 2008

Missing link

Missing link

esther cleven

The Netherlands begins to value its design history – with a new society
Though many Dutch designers are world famous, few Dutch design historians are, writes Esther Cleven. In itself, this is not surprising – writing history (apart from the political sort) is hardly the best way to get well known – but what is surprising is how few Dutch researchers and writers address the subject.

24 October 2008

The hero of Flight 404

The hero of Flight 404

Synaesthesia, auto-changers and the final trip: Robert Hodgin at FOTB
Flight 404’s Robert Hodgin has worked out the ideal format for his life - as a nicely rendered pie chart, writes John L. Walters. About a third of his time is spent sleeping; another chunk is for eating; and there’s a tiny sliver

20 October 2008

The Independent: too gaudy for words

The Independent: too gaudy for words

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye blog
I always liked the idea of The Independent and there have been a couple of periods, especially after it launched in 1986, when I defected to it from The Guardian. Even so, it has been a long time since I read it regularly, although the campaigning front pages produced since its 2005 redesign by Cases i Associats were eye-catching and occasionally led me to buy it. My main stumbling block is the tabloid page (and that goes for The Times, too). No matter how these two papers might rationalise the switch from broadsheet, the smaller size – also used by the Daily Mail – remains inherently down-market. The Guardian’s brilliantly managed move into new territory with the Berliner format underlined how dowdy, unimaginative and old-fashioned its rivals had become. 
 
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