Visual Culture

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. 

15 October 2008

Kyle Cooper

Kyle Cooper

john l. walters

Graphic design and typographygo to Hollywood
You have to hand it to Kyle Cooper. The celebrated movie titles designer quickly had the audience for last night’s D&AD President’s lecture at London’s Peacock Theatre transfixed, opening with a lengthy, well memorised passage from Shakespeare’s Henry V.

15 October 2008

Innocence and experience

Innocence and experience

liz farrelly

Vintage prints from a Barcelona photography studio in Franco’s time
From 1956 to 1998, FotoRamblas was a photography studio on Barcelona’s main pedestrian boulevard, the forever hip and happening Las Ramblas, writes Liz Farrelly.

14 October 2008

Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter

roger sabin

A bumpy ride with Alan Aldridge:The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes
The Design Museum is hosting an Alan Aldridge retrospective, writes Roger Sabin. ‘Just go along to the private view,’ chirps the editor, ‘and blog a few hundred words about your first impressions.’ Hmmm.

11 October 2008

‘You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?’

‘You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me?’

john l. walters

New York Magazine celebrates 40 years plus with a handsome special
OK, maybe it’s not a classic cover. But the 40th anniversary issue of New York Magazine has all the other ingredients that non-New Yorkers expect from (and value in) the title: meaty, readable features, effective use of illustration, funny and revealing info-graphics and great photography, such as these punchy portraits (below) of New York actors (‘They’re here, they walk among us’) by Dan Winters. Other subjects include Meryl Streep, Tim Robbins and Robert De Niro. Of course.

8 October 2008

How Mexico went for gold

How Mexico went for gold

A glorious rerun of the 1968 Olympics identity . . . with one omission
I had no idea until a friend mentioned it, writes Daoud Sarhandi. ‘Congratulations,’ he said, ‘the quotes look great.’ Quotes? What quotes? ‘Mexico 1968. In the museum … the Museo de Arte Moderno.’ And so Carolina Rivas and I went, with our daughter, into Mexico City to take a look at ‘Designing Mexico 1968: An Olympic Identity’. Although I hadn't revisited the subject since ‘This is Mexico … this is 1968’ was published in Eye 56 – or rather since I was forced to reply in Eye 59 to a critical letter written by Eduardo Terrazas and Beatrice Trueblood – I felt right at home among the artefacts and epoch in the museum.

7 October 2008

Showbiz kids

Showbiz kids

john l. walters

There are no originals in ‘Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms’
If Andy Warhol had lived to see the proliferation of cheap, flat screens that makes an exhibition like ‘Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms’ possible . . . well he would have been a very happy 80-year-old.

3 October 2008

Rick Poynor responds to ‘New Views 2’

Rick Poynor responds to ‘New Views 2’

rick poynor

‘It’s the end of graphic design as we know it.’ See Eye 69
Insular, egocentric, tongue-tied – and over. Yet if there is more visual communication than ever before, why do educationists insist on lamenting graphic design’s imminent demise? Rick Poynor responds to some perplexing findings at the ‘New Views 2’ conference held at the London College of Communication. Read Rick’s Monitor article ‘It’s the end of graphic design as we know it’ in the latest issue of Eye, no. 69 vol. 18.
 
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