Reviews

10 August 2011

This city’s made of light

This city’s made of light

catherine dixon

24 hours of (normal) London life, told by The Light Surgeons in São Paulo
The Light Surgeons are a London-based collective of multimedia artists set up by Christopher Thomas Allen in 1995, and it was he who introduced both premiere performances of their 35-minute-long audiovisual performance LDN-Redux in São Paulo on 23 July 2011, writes Catherine Dixon.

29 July 2011

Visual sonata

Visual sonata

john l. walters

The Quay Brothers create an intimate spectacle for Bartók and beyond.
Film-makers might spend a lot of time and effort trying to make a set look as dilapidated as Wilton’s Music Hall, the once-disreputable Victorian (built in 1858) venue in Wapping, writes John L. Walters.

29 June 2011

Wim in space

Wim in space

jessica jenkins

Crouwel at the Design Museum – a voyage of discovery into form-making
The Design Museum’s Wim Crouwel retrospective offers a voyage of discovery into form-making – the decorative overlays of orange and blue Crouwel ‘C’ forms that embrace the building’s façade are a prelude to the Dutch designer’s typographic ardour, writes Jessica Jenkins.

27 June 2011

Labyrinth of magazines

Labyrinth of magazines

john l. walters

Segovia’s Enformato brings together European design / visual culture titles.
Earlier this year, the newly refurbished Palacio Quintanar in Segovia, northern Spain, held an exhibition of nearly four dozen European design / visual culture magazines, (writes Eye editor John L. Walters) including Experimenta and Visual (Spain), Etapes (France), Typo (Czech Republic), Attitude (Portugal), Colors (Italy) and Eye.

19 June 2011

Andmoreagain

Andmoreagain

john l. walters, simon esterson

Web typography comes of age at Brighton’s Ampersand conference
Is the humble ampersand a symbol for our additive times? During the morning sessions for Friday’s Ampersand conference in Brighton, writes John L. Walters, we were reminded that design is no longer a matter of either / ors – ‘print or Web’; ‘Mac or Windows’; ‘word or image’ – but that we have to keep adding: glyphs, weights, languages, employees, knowledge … and ideas. All four speakers – Vincent Connare, Jason Santa Maria, Jon Tan and Jonathan Hoefler (top) – brought their intellects to bear on serious matters with a light touch.

15 June 2011

Crowded house of animation

Crowded house of animation

john l. walters

‘Watch Me Move’ at the Barbican shows the medium’s waking dreams
Part art show, part spectacle, part viewing library, ‘Watch Me Move’, the new Barbican Gallery show (which opened today), tackles the complex, surreal and visually bountiful history of animation with the clear-eyed confidence of Buzz Lightyear setting out into space, writes John L. Walters.

13 June 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

type tuesday

Lust and likeability #2: talking about Rayuela by Alejandro Lo Celso
Rayuela (‘Hopscotch’) is  a  novel by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar in which the reader is invited to jump back and forth between chapters. The typeface of the same name, developed while Alejandro Lo Celso was completing the type design Master’s course in Reading, is an homage to Cortázar’s playfulness.

7 June 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

type tuesday

Lust and likeability: an informal jury puts type into words: #1 Odile
Elegant, chunky, laugh-out-loud, nervy, bookish, perfumed … our informal jury puts type into words with a typeface critique by Jan Middendorp, John Belknap, Petra Černe Oven, Deborah Littlejohn and Mark Thomson. This is the first of several extracts from ‘Lust and likeability’, first published in Eye 67.

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.
 
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