Reviews

12 November 2010

À la mode

À la mode

chris brawn

The 50-year career of Hollywood’s greatest costume designer, Edith Head
The voracious appetite of the publishing industry often results in monographs being issued before the subject has even established a career, let alone maintained it over a suitable time period, writes Chris Brawn.

4 November 2010

Symphonic scrawl

Symphonic scrawl

john l. walters

777 classical music album covers from the collection of Dr Horst Scherg
A copy of Classique: Cover Art for Classical Music arrived in the Eye office too late to be mentioned in our recent music design special (Eye 76), writes John L. Walters.

2 November 2010

Flatpack monuments

Flatpack monuments

sally jeffery

A cat’s-eye view of the art of architectural paper modelling
The maddest cardboard object in the Museum of Childhood’s ‘Cut It, Fold It’ exhibition is a cat pump, writes Sally Jeffery. Or is it the Cardhenge?

28 October 2010

Penguins with attitude

Penguins with attitude

john l. walters

Illustrative wrecks and rescues at the publisher’s New York office.
Despite its celebratory title and retro cover design, Penguin 75 is actually a book about contemporary book design, writes John L. Walters. Its editor, Paul Buckley – otherwise known as ‘VP Executive Creative Director’ at Penguin’s New York office – has chosen 75 wildly different book cover projects from the past decade (listed alphabetically by title), and presented them together with alternate covers and sketches, alongside short commentaries by the authors, art directors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

22 October 2010

Catch them before they vanish

Catch them before they vanish

alison bakker

Taking a close look at Ken Garland’s little photo books
After the success of his previous set of books, writes Alison Bakker, Ken Garland (see Reputations in Eye 66) has released three more: A close look at landscape sequences, A close look at street graphics of Brighton and A close look at the buddy bears of Berlin. Although he didn’t plan it this way, Garland seems to be making a photographic record of things that are transitory.

13 October 2010

Due process

Due process

jan middendorp

Porto plays host to an inspiring AGI Open conference
This year’s AGI (Alliance Graphique International) conference is taking place in Porto, a spectacular yet run-down city that bears many traces of Portugal’s current economic crisis, writes Jan Middendorp.

4 October 2010

Vive la pernque rerque!

Vive la pernque rerque!

roger sabin

French punk collective Bazooka have their first British retrospective
The Bazooka show at The Aubin Gallery in London’s East End is the first time the French punk-era collective has been given a retrospective in this country, writes Roger Sabin.

21 September 2010

Streets ahead

Streets ahead

simon esterson

Vevey’s ‘Images’ festival celebrates photography in and out of the gallery
During September, the Swiss town of Vevey has been host to ‘Images’, its second festival of photography, writes Simon Esterson. The exhibitions spread throughout the small town, not only inhabiting an old supermarket as the main venue, but also spilling out into the streets, taking over Vevey’s squares, advertising hordings and the sides of buildings for giant billboard-sized images.

9 September 2010

Survivor

Survivor

rick poynor, the form of the book

Romek Marber bears witness to one of the great crimes of the past century
‘Survivor’, Rick Poynor’s latest Critique on the Eye website, is about Romek Marber’s recently published holocaust memoir No Return. This is not a book about graphic design, but its significance for designers and design historians is clear from the name.

31 August 2010

Escaping Modernism

Escaping Modernism

wayne ford

Edward Weston’s flight from photographic theory
The early twentieth century saw photography dominated by the influence of painting, with the then popular pictorial style drawing its reference points from the impressionist artists of the period, writes Wayne Ford. It was in this style, like many of his generation, that the great photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958) began to work.
 
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