Reviews

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.

26 July 2010

Singing type

Singing type

yves peters

Song lyrics brought to (visual) life by typography and design
The TypoLyrics section in the German typography magazine Slanted is an experiment in bringing together song texts and typography, writes Yves Peters. Slanted has turned this popular section into a book featuring 170 new contributions.

9 July 2010

Bees, maths and printing

Bees, maths and printing

sally jeffery

Numbers take centre stage at Minnesota Center for Book Arts
The film about the Hamilton wood type foundry in Wisconsin reviewed on the Eye blog prompted a visit to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, writes Sally Jeffery.

7 July 2010

Here’s looking at you

Here’s looking at you

kerry william purcell

‘Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera’ at Tate Modern until 3 Oct
There’s a moral blind spot at the heart of photography, writes Kerry William Purcell. It is a blind spot that was manifest in the recent outpouring of protestations and demonstrations concerning the possible criminalisation of street photography in London.

5 July 2010

Design MAs: is a year enough?

Design MAs: is a year enough?

jane cheng

Balancing independence, curriculum, employability and time for reflection
As continental schools adapt to the bachelor-master system and the competition for (and among) students rises, postgraduate design courses have become increasingly differentiated, writes Jane Cheng.

30 May 2010

More TYPO Berlin

More TYPO Berlin

robin richmond

Likes and dislikes: part two of Eye’s coverage of the 2010 conference
The fifteenth TYPO Berlin brought together some international heavyweight speakers over three balmy spring days at the Kongressehalle including Jonathan Barnbrook, David Carson, Candy Chang, Jan Chipchase, Fons Hickmann (below), Erik Kessels, Eike König, Joachim Sauter, Carlos Segura and Erik Spiekermann speaking under the banner of ‘Passion’, writes Robin Richmond.
 
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