Reviews

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.

30 August 2011

Type Tuesday

Type Tuesday

type tuesday

Lust and likeability #5: Stormtype’s ‘over-the-top’, ‘edible’ Jannon
More words about type in this critique of Jannon by Jan Middendorp, Petra Černe Oven, Deborah Littlejohn and Mark Thomson. Jannon. František Štorm, Stormtype As early as 1925, Beatrice Warde (writing as Paul Beaujon) pointed out that  several types used as models for Garamond revivals were in fact cut by an artist who worked some 70 years later, Jean  Jannon. It took a maverick designer from Prague to finally issue a digital revival under that later master’s name. Mark Thomson The curiosities of contrast in the roman and the angles in the italic give this type a lively feeling. It is interesting to compare it with Adobe Garamond – it is almost the polar opposite. Where Adobe Garamond is smooth, suave almost, this Jannon is nervy, slightly hyperactive. The  consequence is that Adobe Garamond pops up  everywhere, whereas I  think Jannon has more specific uses. It really looks as though it has to  be printed on the right kind of paper – uncoated and not white. Petra Černe Oven Most people’s reaction to  Stormtype’s Jannon is  that it is ‘over the top’, but in my part of the world we like exaggeration. Strong, late-Baroque elements seem almost too rich, and the uneven italic slant causes letters to behave like court jesters. I worry what OpenType’s multiple possibilities might do to  this rich and diverse typeface – it certainly must be handled with great feeling for wonderful, well thought out details, alternates and ornaments. I would use it for a very special project. Deborah Littlejohn Five males ranked the more reserved Jannon number one, tying with Verlag, and six placed it  in  the number two spot. Jannon is almost as delicate as Odile – and it  is just as elegant – but Odile was placed fourth among male respondents. Jannon must be the ‘man’s man’s feminine font’: one male respondent called it ‘gorgeous’ while another described it as ‘edible’. Twelve slotted it in the top third, making Jannon the number one font overall among male respondents. Jannon did not fare so well with the ladies, who ranked it sixth overall with five of them putting it in the bottom tier. No other typeface on the list rivals Jannon’s textural beauty and rhythm – especially when set in big bookish blocks of text. Jan Middendorp Among an avalanche of revivals and ‘re-interpretations’, Štorm’s stand out for their brilliance, liveliness and sensitivity. Jannon is  part of a series of historically inspired seriffed faces to which his  outrageous Biblon and Serapion also belong. Jannon is on the more serious side of the spectrum. Its ‘Modern’ variety, in which proportions have been adopted to today’s reading habits, is one of  the finest (and least boring) Garamond-type text faces to have hit the virtual shelves lately. See ‘Storm: Living history’ by Petra Černe Oven in Eye 50. Visit Stormtype.com to see a wide range of typefaces. You can buy Jannon here. Type Tuesday is our new weekly column on typography and type design, featuring a mixture of brand new articles and material from the extensive Eye archive. For more Type Tuesday articles, click here. Lust and likeability was originally published in Eye 67, Spring 2008. Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It’s available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions, back issues and single copies of the latest issue. The latest issue is Eye 80.
 
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