Issue 76


Left out of the frame
Critique, Rick Poynor

This collection of short COI films is full of fascinating details, but short on context. Critique by…

the editor

Music design special issue

Editorial, the editor , John L. Walters

Introducing Eye’s first-ever music design special …


Yin  and yang
Matthew Carter

Matthew Carter, co-founder of the first major digital foundry, explains how he came to design his first…

the editor

Record sleeves are dead – long live music design!

Sound and vision
John L. Walters, the editor

Given the visceral feelings stirred by music, it’s time we found new, meaningful associations between…

Attacked by music, type & light
Noel Douglas

Technology on tour. Noel Douglas talks to UVA’s Matt Clark about their sets for Massive Attack

Classical crossroads
Peter Quantrill, Mike Dempsey, Philip Sheppard

Design meets serious music: long programme notes, small budgets and ‘de-averaging’

Make music visible
John L. Walters

Gerard Saint’s Big Active is on a mission to turn music into something tangible through art direction…

One man brand?
Adrian Shaughnessy

Manfred Eicher’s uncompromising artistic vision has always defined the look and feel of ECM.

Formal lawlessness [EXTRACT]
Eric Heiman

Fragmentation in the music industry has aided the rise of rock posters – personal, ‘unbranded’, cool…

Grab the  hook
Jane Cheng

‘Musicians are cooler than normal people, even if they’re flakey and poor!’ – Chattanooga’s…

Reputations: Alex Steinweiss
Steven Heller

‘I got this idea that the way they were selling these albums was ridiculous. The covers were just brown…

Pack shots

Form swamping content? Or a welcome new wave of graphical expression?

Vaughan Oliver’s Minotaur
Vaughan Oliver

This Pixies box set was a chance to make brand new artwork with a student team from UCA

Unkle’s erotic box
Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones

Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones create an identity for James Lavelle’s ‘faceless’ project

Every shop is a gallery
Kate Moross

Kate Moross, whirlwind force behind vinyl-only label Isomorph, explains their mission to ‘make music…

Interview with Dan Fern
John L. Walters

Professor Dan Fern explains his pioneering ‘MAP / making’ course at the Royal College of Art, London.…

All her own invention
John L. Walters

Graphic design’s recent concerns have for decades been at the heart of Laurie Anderson’s practice

Dot dot rock
Zoë Street Howe

Zoë Street Howe on the black art of ‘metal umlauts’

Design + music = magic
Fred Deakin

The scene creates the style, and sleeves tell us what their contents sound like, but what next?

Scribble and strum
Andrew Losowsky

The layout and art direction of music magazines reflect and champion a wide spectrum of tastes and genres.…