Reviews

27 May 2011

Brands, treacle and chaps with apps

Brands, treacle and chaps with apps

camilla grey

‘The future of design’? Wednesday’s event at Wieden + Kennedy.
Last Wednesday night Wieden + Kennedy (and new director of design Ben Terrett) hosted a packed event entitled ‘The Future of Design’, with a panel curated to ensure a mix of opinion and media, writes Camilla Grey.

23 May 2011

Doing and making

Doing and making

john ridpath

Creative collaboration meets rave: a weekend at Good for Nothing
The second Good For Nothing manifesto touted the event (20-22 May) as everything from ‘that bit in the A-team’ to ‘The Apprentice without the w**kers’ , writes John Ridpath.

16 May 2011

Heroes (and villains?)

Heroes (and villains?)

david thompson

A comic-book version of Colors magazine celebrates real-life activism
The 80th issue of Benetton’s multilingual quarterly Colors takes heroism as its theme, writes David Thompson. Specifically: ‘inspirational characters united by their desire to make this world a better place … Real, extraordinary people helping to save the world, one step at a time.’

11 May 2011

Super - computer - romantics

Super - computer - romantics

mark webster

Digital collaboration in Paris, with Matt Pyke and furry friends
Matt Pyke (a.k.a. Universal Everything) works at the forefront of digital techniques using generative code based processes, writes Mark Webster. Bold, strikingly colourful and invariably experimental, his distinct aesthetic is intrinsically linked with the computer, yet has a certain sensuality driven by an attraction to nature.

15 April 2011

Critique: Kiki in graphic detail

Critique: Kiki in graphic detail

rick poynor

Catel’s quick-fire sketches illustrate the life of a Surrealist icon
I had some reservations about Kiki de Montparnasse, a new graphic biography of the artists’ model and muse, painter, singer of bawdy songs and celebrity, who came to fame in Paris in the 1920s, writes Rick Poynor in Eye 79.

31 March 2011

Fresh garbage

Fresh garbage

archive, homepage, medicine, science

‘Matter out of place’ and filthy reality at the Wellcome’s new show
The Wellcome Collection’s new show is all about ‘Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life’, writes Rosie Walters. The science, the sociology, the history and the horror of waste forms the basis of this free London exhibition. It is not based on the science of dirt, but on the context in which it is found, and our attitudes towards it over the years.

28 March 2011

Magnificent seven

Magnificent seven

peter griffith

Quickfire presentations by Manchester designers at ‘Inspiration Night’
Following the inspirational presentations put on at the Manchester Design Symposium last Wednesday, approximately 150 enthused creatives made their way across the road to the Deaf Institute for an extended event hosted by Northern Digitals, suitably dubbed ‘Inspiration Night’, writes Peter Griffith.

19 January 2011

Rip and recycle

Rip and recycle

alexander ecob, books received

A tear-out-and-frame approach to sustainable graphics
Many regard climate change as a problem, but there are precious few who conquer their apathy long enough to do anything about it, writes Alexander Ecob.

17 December 2010

Escape from nostalgia

Escape from nostalgia

alexander ecob

Letterpress methods and the struggle between progress and pastiche
As Christmas draws closer, many of us can look forward to receiving wonderful gifts which after a brief honeymoon find themselves at the back of cupboards or serving as an impromptu clothes-horse, writes Alexander Ecob.

8 December 2010

Take (imaginary) cover

Take (imaginary) cover

liz farrelly

Book design fans shelter from the snow at StolenSpace’s ‘Never judge …’ show
Despite the snowy weather, London’s art and design fans came out in force last Thursday for the launch of an unprecedented alliance, writes Liz Farrelly. Those guardians of literary taste, Penguin Books, have teamed up with StolenSpace, an artist-run gallery that’s fast becoming a 21st-century cultural landmark.
 
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