Reviews

15 April 2012

Gumballs in Philadelphia

Gumballs in Philadelphia

joan k. smith

Joan K. Smith reviews The Happy Show’s mix of art, design and science
So I didn’t eat one of the chocolates, or chew one of the happiness-rated yellow gumballs, writes Joan K. Smith. I most certainly didn’t ‘Do a booty dance in front of the spider web’ as my wall-dispensed card advised (below).

11 April 2012

From sideline to centre stage

From sideline to centre stage

john d. berry

TYPO San Francisco shows the way digressions can become the main event
The level of talks at TYPO San Francisco was uniformly high, writes John D. Berry (also a speaker at the conference). Both days were opened by lively, inspiring women: Tina Roth Eisenberg (below, aka SwissMiss) and Jessica Hische on the second.

9 April 2012

Show me the money

Show me the money

Manchester Design Symposium 2012 examines the economic value of design
The 2012 Manchester Design Symposium brought together leading thinkers and practitioners to address the theme of The Economic Value of Design in the beautiful gothic Manchester Town Hall, write Matt Edgar and Pam Bowman. In the wake of the Design Council’s

4 April 2012

Graphic design by Richard Hollis

Graphic design by Richard Hollis

Mark Thomson reviews the exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers in London
There are few occasions when something is genuinely unmissable, writes Mark Thomson, but for designers and students of design and curating alike, this is one. Hollis may be among the most influential British designers of the past 50 years, but this is the first serious survey of his design work.

2 April 2012

Technology and myth

Technology and myth

Klimowski and Schejbal give graphic life to Stanislaw Lem’s robots
Stanislaw Lem (1921-2006) is usually considered an author of science fiction, but though his stories have the appropriate apparatus – spaceships, alien life-forms, robots – in mood and structure they are closer to fairy tale, myth or dream, writes Robert Hanks.

19 March 2012

Bigger, brighter, better

Bigger, brighter, better

matt edgar, pam bowman

Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar report from Dublin conference Offset 2012
Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar report from the Offset 2012 conference in Dublin.

12 March 2012

Look for the purple lining

Look for the purple lining

catherine griffiths

Catherine Griffiths on another link between fashion and photography.
As a graphic designer in the late 1980s, working my career in London, I used my first ‘real’ camera, a Ricoh SLR, to take fashion snaps that pitched fellow designer Fiona Fry and me into a ‘Best Dressed Designer Awards’ feature in Design Week (December 1990), writes Catherine Griffiths.

21 February 2012

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

Reflections of a typographer: Matthew Carter on Modern Typography
Modern Typography: An Essay in Critical History by Robin Kinross, now in its reprinted second edition, was the second book published by Kinross’s own Hyphen Press. Here (for the first time online), we publish Matthew Carter’s review of the book from Eye no. 7.

5 February 2012

Scarcity and silence: Amc2

Scarcity and silence: Amc2

rick poynor

Image collisions that make a bracing change from the unstoppable flow.
Our insatiable hunger for images is a peculiar thing, writes Rick Poynor in his latest Web-only Critique. We can never have enough of them. We progress urgently to the next meal without having fully digested the last. How much can you eat?

2 February 2012

Getting away with murder

Getting away with murder

Good, bad and ugly cover ‘tributes’: a new spin on the death of music design.
The album cover may have lost its mojo as far as contemporary culture is concerned, but its classic era (from Blue Note to 4AD, say) maintains a powerful grip on the imaginations of music-loving designers, writes John L. Walters.
 
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