Reviews

1 November 2011

Blurred boundaries

Blurred boundaries

steven mccarthy

The hybrid state of ‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’
The typeface Union, a synthesis of Helvetica and Arial, is ‘intended for situations where Helvetica seems too sophisticated and Arial too vulgar, or vice versa’, writes Steven McCarthy. This position, that of ‘both / and’ rather than ‘either / or’, sets the philosophical tone for ‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’, a new and revealing exhibition at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

27 October 2011

Who cares about the LDF?

Who cares about the LDF?

alex cameron

Will graphics ever become more than 3% of the London Design Festival?
As the dust settles after the ninth London Design Festival (LDF), thoughts are now turning towards planning the tenth  at the Soho offices of the London Design Festival Company (LDFCo).

24 October 2011

Cutting, collage and surreal craft

Cutting, collage and surreal craft

amelia gregory

A round-up of illustration trends from this year’s grad shows
There were some very strong trends in both technique and subject matter at the current batch of illustration graduate shows, writes Amelia Gregory. Here are the most important…

19 October 2011

Age shall not wither her

Age shall not wither her

nick bell

Patricia Moore and the fight for inclusivity in design. And robot carers
Patricia Moore’s talk last week at the Logan Hall in London, writes Nick Bell, was my first D&AD president’s lecture since Bruce Mau’s eleven years ago. I have mixed feelings about Moore, though I admire the way she has made design much more inclusive over the years.

13 October 2011

California dreams

California dreams

jessica jenkins

Exhibition charts the sunny design aesthetic of the Golden State
I have developed a habit, when travelling, of making a mental snapshot of what strikes me as different on arrival at my destination, writes Jessica Jenkins. It might be the behaviour at the baggage carousel, the persistence of Helvetica, or ladies’ hairstyles.

12 October 2011

Significant others

Significant others

anne-marie conway

Steven Heller invites designers to come clean about their graphic passions
Steven Heller loves design, but he’s quick to admit it’s ‘not a monogamous relationship’, writes Anne-Marie Conway.

21 September 2011

Matters of life and death

Matters of life and death

Celebrating photojournalism at Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan
Plumes of black smoke rise to the right as you gaze over the river that runs through the centre of Perpignan. To your left, stands a man in fatigues, a rifle over each shoulder. In the distance, a young woman wrapped in a blanket surveys the rubble of her home. But apocalypse has not struck the south of France: these are banners advertising Visa pour l’Image, which claims to be the world’s largest festival devoted to photojournalism.

16 September 2011

Awesomely awesome FOTB

Awesomely awesome FOTB

john l. walters, the events department

Buzzwords and the inspiration of improv at the Brighton codefest
If you were to play buzz-word bingo at Brighton’s ‘Flash on the Beach’, the squares for ‘awesome’, ‘pumped’ and ‘stoked’ would fill up pretty quickly, writes John L. Walters. A wordcloud of all three days’ presentations would bloom with the same words, plus ‘HTML5’, ‘agile’, ‘responsive’, ‘Molehill’ and the inevitable ‘clients’, ‘schedules’ and ‘budgets’.

12 September 2011

Ghostly symbol

Ghostly symbol

books received

A new book explores contemporary culture’s obsession with the skull
From ancient sculptures to the Damien Hirst, via Shakespeare’s Yorick and the Grateful Dead, the skull has reigned as an omnipresent and multi-layered symbol in human culture. The Book of Skulls, edited by Faye Dowling, is published this month by Laurence King and sets out to explore the place of the skull in contemporary culture.

2 September 2011

Notes on a betrayal

Notes on a betrayal

brendan dawes

A brief encounter with Monocle’s luxury stationery range
As a self-confessed stationery geek who gladly pays money every month to receive stationery goods from around the world via radandhungry.com, being asked to review two notebooks from the Monocle stationery range was like an alcoholic being told that Jack Daniels would like to send you a free case of Old No. 7, writes Brendan Dawes.
 
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