Reviews

24 June 2014

The last magazine czar

The last magazine czar

Art director Alex Liberman remembered: ‘His only requirement was that the design make it easy to read the copy.’ Review by Steven Heller
Alexander Liberman (1912-1999) was the first and last twentieth-century magazine czar, writes Steven Heller.

30 May 2014

Of monumental proportions

Of monumental proportions

Lettering Large is a graphic designer’s coffee table book, easily read in one sitting but worth revisiting regularly, writes Sarah Snaith.

23 May 2014

An end to the curatocracy?

An end to the curatocracy?

‘Chaos at the Museum’ burned bright. The event was a rare opportunity to share new visions for the future of exhibition design, writes Nick Bell
The most unusual thing about the London conference ‘Chaos at the Museum’ was that it was devoted to design, writes Nick Bell.

30 April 2014

Reading in reverse

Reading in reverse

The Art Gallery of Ontario is showing works on paper, and other media, by American sculptor Bruce Nauman
The Art Gallery of Ontario’s glass and titanium ribcage (which spans 600 feet) breathes out in the heart of Toronto. Inside, ‘Bruce Nauman’s Words on Paper’, an exhibition of work from the 1970s and 80s, spreads across two quiet rooms on the gallery’s first floor, writes Sarah Snaith.

24 April 2014

The promise of information

The promise of information

The Information Design Conference 2014 brings together thriving information design communities from around the world. Mark Barratt reports.
This year’s Information Design Conference, held at RIBA in London on 7 and 8 April, was a bigger deal than the first, held 30 years ago at a fairly isolated campus near Milton Keynes. I was at both, writes Mark Barratt.

16 April 2014

Headless wonder

Headless wonder

Martina Bacigalupo discovers a new source of human stories at Uganda’s Gulu Real Art Studio
In early 2011, the Italian photojournalist Martina Bacigalupo left her small hotel in Gulu, northern Uganda, and asked a local boda-boda driver to take her to a nearby photographic studio, writes Wayne Ford

5 April 2014

Type traces in Granary Square

Type traces in Granary Square

‘Lettering: Objects, Examples, Practice’ is the first exhibition of its kind at Central Saint Martins’ Kings’s Cross premises
The ‘Lettering: Objects, Examples, Practice’ exhibition, at Central Saint Martins’ Lethaby Gallery, displays traces of lettering history and the traces former students and faculty have left on the college and its student body, writes Sarah Snaith.

3 April 2014

Offset 2014: day one

Offset 2014: day one

Sarah Mazzetti, Golden Wolf, Marina Willer, Mike Perry, Detail, Serge Seidlitz, Jessica Walsh and Mother take the stage. Pam Bowman reports from the Dublin conference.
This year was the fifth anniversary of Offset, with 24 speakers across three days. Again, in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, with around 2000 delegates, writes Pam Bowman.

19 March 2014

Freestyling text and image

Freestyling text and image

What can we learn from Paul Peter Piech? Fraser Muggeridge hails an overlooked but highly original graphic artist
As a second-year undergraduate student at Reading in the early 1990s, I was shown the linocut posters and prints of Paul Peter Piech as inspiration for a project, writes Fraser Muggeridge. I hated them.

17 March 2014

Books received #7

Books received #7

Pop Art Design, The Magazine 19, Punk 45, D&AD 2013 and REsolutions
Here are brief reviews of some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.
 
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