Reviews

9 April 2013

Offset 2013: day one

Offset 2013: day one

Bob Gill, Louise Fili and Ben Bos explain why design is ‘not a profession but a way of life.’ Pam Bowman reports from the Dublin conference.
Starting at 10am on Friday 5 April and finishing at 7pm the following Sunday, Offset 2013 had a demanding, exhausting programme, writes Pam Bowman. However it was hugely inspirational, with parties to boot!

3 April 2013

Music design eye candy

Music design eye candy

Rich in reproductions and spanning a wide range of musical genres, Classic Rock Posters is eye candy for anyone interested in music poster design, writes Holly Harris.

26 March 2013

Banham’s Melbourne letters

Banham’s Melbourne letters

The first thing you think on flipping through Characters is: Wow, I wouldn’t mind living in Melbourne, writes Robert Hanks.

8 March 2013

Good works … creak

Good works … creak

‘Goodvertising’ is one of those hard to love, cut’n’shut words that the advertising industry seems to specialise in constructing. The kind of word that you’d have to steel yourself to employ without the protection of a sturdy pair of inverted commas, writes Andrew Missingham.

28 February 2013

Objects of desire

Objects of desire

Designers have been engaged in sex since neolithic times. Well, maybe those neolithics were not designers per se, but they were designing sexual representations, such as Venus (9500-8700BC), found in Lake Bracciano in Italy, writes Steven Heller.

21 February 2013

Lubbock’s brilliance

Lubbock’s brilliance

During his lifetime, the prickly, uproarious brilliance of Tom Lubbock’s writing on art was a frustratingly well kept secret, writes Robert Hanks, hoarded by a few artists and fellow journalists, and the ever-diminishing fraternity of readers of the Independent newspaper (where we were colleagues for many years).

19 January 2013

The stars stare back in Scotland

The stars stare back in Scotland

The Edinburgh exhibition ‘From Death to Death’ looks at mortality, the body, dolls, guilt and other shadows of the mind.
The exhibition ‘From Death to Death and Other Small Tales’ hangs contemporary and historically significant works side by side to force ‘confrontations between past and present’ (in the words of the exhibition’s curators) in a variety of media, writes Sarah Snaith.

9 January 2013

Honolulu habitus

Honolulu habitus

‘Geographics’ tackled the transnational terrain of design education. Report from the AIGA design educators’ conference in Hawaii
The East-West Center is set within the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; a prime conference location to discuss transnational influences in design education, writes Katherine Gillieson.

5 December 2012

Sticky fingers

Sticky fingers

A new book by Marion Deuchars inspires children to get stuck in and make marks that are truly digital
Marion Deuchars’ Let’s make some great fingerprint art is the latest in her series of books that inspire children to explore artistic practice. The book has the appeal of a half-finished sketchbook, begging for inky fingers and paint-covered hands to fill its pages, writes Sarah Snaith.

19 November 2012

Broadway the art way

Broadway the art way

Tate Modern’s two-part retrospective juxtaposes two artist-photographers: William Klein and Daido Moriyama.
The Tate Modern’s exhibition ‘William Klein + Daido Moriyama’ is introduced with projections of primary coloured New York city street signs, writes Sarah Snaith.
 
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