Reviews

11 September 2009

Birth of the Modern

Birth of the Modern

Kemistry Gallery pays tribute to Herbert Spencer’s Typographica
What unites 1960s Modernist graphic designers, the editors of Wallpaper* magazine and Hoxton bloggers? Last night it was the opening of the exhibition at Kemistry about Herbert Spencer’s pioneering magazine Typographica.

26 May 2009

Cheesy, but in a good way

Cheesy, but in a good way

liz farrelly

Somers Town gives product placement a monochrome makeover
Now that the annual hullabaloo of D&AD has kicked off (nominations announced; awards dinner, 11 June), it’s all too easy to forget that for the majority of the populace, outside the industries of ‘persuasion’, advertising is a shadowy concern, writes Liz Farrelly.

31 March 2009

Type, Metahaven and TDR

Type, Metahaven and TDR

the promotion department

Get your hands on a copy of Eye 71. Plus Type Week on the blog
The new issue of Eye 71 is out. And to celebrate, we are having our first-ever Type Week on the blog. Watch this space for blogs about typography books, typefaces, new technology and extracts from Eye 71.

28 November 2008

MAP/making’s acid test

MAP/making’s acid test

john l. walters

Music, art and performance in action at the Royal College
What is it about the last Thursday in November in London, asks John L. Walters? There were at least half a dozen events competing for our attention: Sanky doing a D&AD lecture; the launch of the AR’s Emerging Architecture at RIBA; Jost Hochuli at St Bride; the ‘Deface Value’ view at Mutate Britain; and so on . . . The one I opted for was a specially commissioned presentation of live audio-visual work at the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery at the Royal College of Art.

24 November 2008

Impeccable stupidity

Impeccable stupidity

roger sabin

Boosh’s Bollo reveals his inner graphic designer
Occasionally, a comedy show will enter the public consciousness to the point where it becomes a ‘cultural resource’ for people to draw upon. It happened in the 1960s and 70s with Monty Python and it’s happened recently with The Mighty Boosh.

7 October 2008

Showbiz kids

Showbiz kids

john l. walters

There are no originals in ‘Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms’
If Andy Warhol had lived to see the proliferation of cheap, flat screens that makes an exhibition like ‘Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms’ possible . . . well he would have been a very happy 80-year-old.

22 September 2008

Record design framed

Record design framed

john l. walters

Does ‘Spin’ reduce graphic design to the level of art on a wall?
The Spin exhibition is small, free, easy to find (if you’re in or near London) and won’t take up too much of your time, writes John L.

16 September 2008

Format follows function

Format follows function

liz farrelly

Provokateur wraps its manifesto doodlings in a snake-oil special
With the internet hailed as an effective force for political change, writes Liz Farrelly, as news, campaigns and petitions   circulate paper-free, does it follow that old-school paper manifestoes are dead as the dodo?

16 September 2008

The Ed and Geoff show

The Ed and Geoff show

review

Review of Two Lines Align
Two Lines Align is the catalogue for the exhibition of that name curated by Michael Worthington for REDCAT in LA.

12 September 2008

Page turner overdrive

Page turner overdrive

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Review of Fully Booked (DGV)
Books are never just books. They can be catalogues, toys, models, play centres, showcases for bindings, gatefolds, special papers and card and portfolios of design. Some of them might even be worth reading.
 
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