Reviews

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.

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

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

rick poynor

See Rick Poynor’s latest Critique – about Catel and Bocquet’s graphic biography of Surrealist icon Kiki de Montparnasse
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.
 
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