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Out of the shallows

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Review

This photograph of a deliriously colourful 1969 swimming pool designed by…

Type specific

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Feature

TDC hails the wider world of empathetic wine labels, typographic IDs and retro stationery

A Monotype timeline

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Feature

A selected, chronological list of notable events in the long, complex history of Monotype

Deep in the Monotype archive

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Feature

A wide selection of Monotype’s drawings, artworks, publications and vintage photographs spread…

Machine and man

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Feature

Neil Winter demonstrates the art and science of the Monotype as he prepares galleys of hot metal…

Oil and water

Issue 5, Winter 1991

Feature

Two Dutch books take the form of elegant visual essays on liquid themes.

Neil McIntosh

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

‘You can’t scan-read a five-minute film.’ Interview with Neil McIntosh, editor of Wall Street…

A nose for type

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

A new publisher of ‘visual writing’ launches with this typographic reboot of an…

A Humument

Issue 18, Autumn 1995

Feature

Tom Phillips’s treated novel is a key text in the short history of deconstruction and experimental…

Just Add Stock

Issue 73, Autumn 2009

Feature

The first Eye awards for the creative use of library images.

Recent blog posts by Eye editors

Books received #11

7 November 2014

Paul Graham, Rian Hughes, Modern Toss, The Art of Noir and Nude’s take on underground graphics
Here are a few books that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

Books received #10

1 October 2014

Make Your Own Luck, Grafica Della Strada, classic Volkswagen ads, Kazimir Malevich, Ark and Ends Meet, Essays on Exchange
Here are a few books that have come into Eye’s Shoreditch office that caught our attention.

Noted #63

13 September 2014

Talking statues, Random Spectacular, design trivia, Hat Monkey and Mediteranneo
Here are a few things that recently caught our attention.

Type Tuesday: No end of print?

1 September 2014

Eye’s panel of printers, designers, photographers and publishers will talk about the past, present and future of printing this Tuesday evening at St Bride
The Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London (2 September 2014) is entitled ‘No end of print?’ and will include speakers from Calverts, New North Press, Kin, Pureprint and Hoxton Mini-Press, among many others.

Munari in Milan

28 August 2014

‘Munari politecnico’, at the Museo del Novecento, champions some less familiar aspects of the Italian designer-artist’s body of work
Bruno Munari was the Richard Feynman of design, an innovator, a born teacher, a jack-of-all-trades with a quixotic nature. He never stopped inventing and questioning.

Noted #62

7 August 2014

Hoogerbrugge, Comic Sans for Cancer, Leaving the Building, (Re)Brand USA and posters
Here are a few more things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Books received #9

21 July 2014

The Typographic Universe, Strange Worlds, paper folding, Supernew Supergraphics and The Open Book Project
Here is a quick look at some titles that have recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.

Noted #61

13 June 2014

Off Life, the Guardian app, Ends Meet, degree show invites, Swiss books and OOMK magazine
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Type Tuesday: 3 June 2014

27 May 2014

‘The ins and outs of book design’ at St Bride will feature Gerald Cinamon, Jason Godfrey, David Pearson & Clare Skeats and Mark Thomson
Our next Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library, about ‘the ins and outs of book design’, will take place on 3 June 2014.

Noted #60

16 May 2014

Maya pictoglyphs, Comics Unmasked, The Believer film issue with John and Faith Hubley, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, Chermayeff & Geismar, Office
Here are some links to a few exhibitions, books and magazines that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Books received #8

7 May 2014

Adventures in Letterpress, Derek Jarman’s Sketchbook, Ant Colony, Fritz Kahn and Other People’s Dogs
Here is a quick look at some titles that have recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.

C for century

1 May 2014

The exhibition ‘Century: 100 Years of Type in Design’ opens in New York
The ‘Century: 100 Years of Type in Design’ exhibition opens today at the AIGA National Design Center in New York.

Noted #59

14 April 2014

Le Petit Néant, The Pitchfork Review, Please Come to the Show, Mould Map and Typolitic, a new site for undergraduate work
Here is a selection of things – magazines, exhibitions, books and posters – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Type Tuesday: food and design

31 March 2014

North’s Sean Perkins will talk about design for food and hospitality and the ‘heaven and hell’ of clients this Tuesday evening at St Bride
The Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London (1 April 2014) is not only about food, but about clients.

Books received #7

17 March 2014

Pop Art Design, The Magazine 19, Punk 45, D&AD 2013 and REsolutions
Here are brief reviews of some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.

Noted #58

14 February 2014

Postcards from the Letterform Archive; Ronan Guillou’s ‘This is Not a Map’ of Las Vegas; No Fixed Format: The Sochi Project; Serco Illustration Prize; Marian Bantjes’ Valentine
Here are a few links to sites, exhibitions and objects that grabbed our attention over the past week or so.

Books received #6

4 February 2014

Fabriano, Sint Lucas University, Illustration Next, Roy G. Biv and Eduardo Paolozzi at New Worlds
Here is a brief look at some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.

Noted #57

1 January 2014

Publications from the British Council, Monika Bartels / FontWerk, Carter Wong, Pentagram and Thomas Manss
Here are a few publications that grabbed our attention in the last few weeks.

Type on the tongue

20 December 2013

Eye’s panel checks out the taste of Helvetica, Impact and Comic Sans (as cooked up by Sarah Hyndman)
Designer Sarah Hyndman is known for her Type Tasting workshops – popular events at Pick Me Up and London Design Festival this year. For Hyndman’s latest project, A Taste of Type, she has reversed the approach by asking, ‘what does type taste like?’

Noted #56

13 December 2013

An Advent Adventure, Fedrigoni, the Dutch Type Library and MoetMoet Letterpress, Typodarium, and Studio Hinrichs’ typography calendar
Here are a few festive calendars that piqued our interest this week.

Type Tuesday – 10 December 2013

4 December 2013

Archive night with Lucienne Roberts, Rathna Ramanathan, Fraser Muggeridge, Gerry Leonidas, Ken Garland, Simon Esterson and Martin Andrews
Next week we’ll be hosting another Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London. This time it’s an ‘archive night’ in collaboration with the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.

Books Received #5

2 December 2013

Alphabet postcards, type geeks as ‘birders’, post-digital letterpress, understanding type basics and calligraphy
Here is a brief look at some type-oriented titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.

Books received #4

1 November 2013

Biografiktion, Graffiti School, Travellers’ children, Tretchikoff, Soho divas and Xerography
Biografiktion (Nobrow Press, £18.99, $29.00) is a book of fictional stories about celebrities, set in comic book format.

Noted #55

18 October 2013

Japanese shunga, a typographic video game, Printed Pages, The Golden Thread, Karlssonwilker and Soviet board games
Here are a few links to games, magazines, blogs, books, workshops and exhibitions that piqued our interest this week.

A graphic tree-hug

10 October 2013

Pulp!, a 1989 newspaper devoted to trees, drew attention to green issues through art, illustration, writing and photography
Pulp! was a one-off, large-format newspaper published in 1989 to raise awareness of pressing green issues.

Archive night in Amsterdam

8 October 2013

If you’re in Amsterdam, please come to Eye’s Dutch ‘Archive night’ at the Aula – admission free
The next Eye ‘Archive night’ takes place in Amsterdam on Wednesday 9 October, from 6-7.30pm at the Aula, Singel 411, 1012 XM Amsterdam.

Sonic treasure chest

3 October 2013

Graphic scores go on the road – played by an alchemical, avant-garde supergroup of musicians prepared to turn line, type and image into sound
This month, an ensemble of five extraordinary musicians takes to the road to perform graphic scores (see ‘Sound code image’ in Eye 26).

Seymour and Milton

1 October 2013

A poster show at Kemistry Gallery celebrates two founders of New York’s Push Pin studio
A current exhibition at the small Kemistry gallery in Shoreditch features posters by Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser, two of the founders of New York’s celebrated Push Pin studio. We asked Kemistry founder Graham McCallum about his love for their work.

Eye 86 in transit

30 September 2013

Fresh off the rollers and over to the mailing house
The new issue, Eye 86, has been printed and is ready to be sent out to subscribers and bookstores around the world.

Letraset Tuesday at St Bride

10 September 2013

Come to St Bride tonight to hear Dan ‘Ultrasparky’ Rhatigan, Tony Rushton (Private Eye) and Letraset designers Dave Farey & Colin Brignall.
Tonight’s Type Tuesday at St Bride Library in London features Dan ‘Ultrasparky’ Rhatigan, Tony Rushton (Private Eye) and Letraset designers Dave Farey and Colin Brignall.

Books received #3

5 September 2013

For the Love of Letterpress, Brighton Swimming Club, the history of CGI, Blackletter and Thomas Heatherwick
Here is a brief look at some titles that arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office in recent weeks.

Of mice and moquette

27 August 2013

Image-makers go Underground to seek inspiration for the outer surfaces of Oyster card holders
Outline Editions, in collaboration with Designjunction, have commissioned ten designers and illustrators – including Noma Bar, Kate Moross and James Joyce – to decorate some limited-edition Oyster card* holders in celebration of the 150th anniversary year of London Underground (whose first journey was in January 1863).

A mag for Bob

6 August 2013

88 magazine lovers have made this one-off newsprint publication for a good cause – raising money to support mag maven Bob Newman
Last March (2013), art director Bob Newman suffered an appalling accident in a swimming pool.

Noted #54

5 August 2013

Works That Work #2, Printed Pages #2, Desktop publishing, Presstival and some words for the London Design Festival
Here are a few publications and announcements that have grabbed our attention over the past week or so.

Books received #2

31 July 2013

After Butler’s Wharf from the RCA’s CWAD graduates, Vapourware, Tractor Boys, Map of Days and Abram Games’s Penguin covers

Books received

14 July 2013

The Roundel, quotes and quips, Various Small Books, interaction design and Unearthing
In the first of a new series of ‘Books received’ blog posts, here is a brief look at some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.

Memory cells

20 June 2013

Twenty graphic artists respond to Hari Kunzru’s post-apocalyptic tale with infographics, reliquaries, type, animation and a playhouse made of rubbish
‘London has been destroyed in fiction … innumerable times,’ said Hari Kunzru at press view for ‘Memory Palace’, just opened at the V&A in London. Kunzru’s specially commissioned text imagines a world in which all information has been erased by a digital holocaust.

New work, new fonts, New Transport

28 May 2013

Henrik Kubel takes the stage for Eye’s forthcoming Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library 
Next week’s Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London features designer Henrik Kubel talking about his work as a type designer, including his collaboration with Margaret Calvert on New Rail Alphabet and New Transport, and his ongoing partnership with Scott Williams in the design practice A2/SW/HK. Other participants include Ben Terrett and Simon Esterson.

Noted #53

27 May 2013

A magazine for Bob Newman; ‘Image Duplicator’; Erwin Blumenfeld at Somerset House; and Rémi Noël’s ‘This is not a map’
When French art director / photographer Rémi Noël goes to the States, he uses road maps rather than relying on a GPS device. And he prefers silver film to digital photography.

Letterpress firecracker in Tribeca

7 May 2013

Eye magazine presents an evening with typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching in Tribeca on Wednesday
On Wednesday evening there’s an opportunity to see designer and typographer Alan Kitching (of The Typography Workshop) giving a talk at the Skyline Studios in Tribeca.

Out of the box in New York

3 May 2013

The first Eye archive night to be held outside London takes place at the Pencil to Pixel show in New York next Monday evening
Early next week, On Monday 6 May 2013, we will be in New York, where we’re inviting a number of local designers and writers to present a ‘Desert Island Discs’ selection of items from Monotype’s rich archive of typographic history – some of which is on show at the company’s ‘Pencil to Pixel’ exhibition in Tribeca, which opens tonight.

Noted #52

22 April 2013

Juggalos, Marmite, Thatcher, Fatherless, Dogs in Cars and Designs of the Year
A few awards, books and images that caught our attention in recent weeks.

AGI Open – the ‘graphic design World Cup’?

24 March 2013

The Alliance Graphique Internationale pulls out the stops for a two-day, student-oriented event at London’s Barbican this autumn
Last Wednesday saw a rare gathering of some of the UK’s most senior designers (David Gentleman, Sean Perkins, Margaret Calvert, Henrik Kubel), and design educators, crammed into a small room at the Design Museum to announce an event at London’s Barbican Centre on 26-27 September – AGI Open.

Journey to the endless archive

21 March 2013

Future Everything launches with a downloadable collection of essays that explore the ideas behind ‘digital public space’
Future Everything, just opened in Manchester, is tackling the issue of ‘public space’ in the digital realm.

Noted #51

18 March 2013

Sign painters, film trailers, Nieves’ zines, Tom Gauld and Pencil to Pixel in New York
A few books, videos, zines and events that caught our eye …

More platforms for editorial design

11 March 2013

Art director Mark Porter is the main speaker at ‘The magazine now arriving at platform 15’ at St Bride
The Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London is a chance to hear art director Mark Porter talk about the challenges of adapting newspaper and magazine contents to new platforms, including the iPad and other tablets. Other participants include Mark Wilson and Alex Breuer.

Noted #50

27 February 2013

Bastard chairs and other Works that Work; geometric rugs at the Design Museum; Strike!, posters, a standards manual & the first live Type Tuesday at St Bride in London
Last week we spoke to graphic artist Clayton Junior about his fair trade rug, launching as part of the NODE collection at the Design Museum on 5 March 2013.

Deadline EDA

24 February 2013

Get your skates on! Only a few days left to enter the 2013 European Design Awards
The submission deadline for the 2013 European Design Awards in Belgrade is fast approaching – it’s Thursday 28 February 2013.  

A car and a gun

15 February 2013

Read Rick Poynor’s latest Photo Critique – on the third edition of Redheaded Peckerwood
Rick Poynor’s Web-only Photo Critique ‘Cold-blooded runaways’ is now published on the Eye website. The article looks at the third edition of Christian Patterson’s award-winning photobook Redheaded Peckerwood as an ongoing project.

Made by Marian

13 February 2013

A glimpse of the 2013 Valentine’s Day card designed by Marian Bantjes.
Yes, it’s that time of year when certain graphic designers, art directors, editors and writers look out anxiously for an envelope with a Canadian stamp postmarked Bowen Island BC.

Noted #49

11 February 2013

Scroll down; paper time capsule; Typography Summer School in two cities; design activism at the V&A; Sketchnotes; icons for data
A few objects, images and forthcoming events that caught our attention in recent weeks …

Noted #48

21 January 2013

Illustration, music, life and death.
Here are a few links to exhibitions, illustrations and events that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Spiral-bound scratchpad

31 December 2012

The 25th Anniversary edition of the Redstone diary assembles visual and verbal ephemera on the subject of ‘language’, from doctors’ private slang to erotic hand gestures.
The annual spiral-bound desk diary from Julian Rothenstein’s Redstone Press usually delivers a quirky collection of literary and graphic ephemera based around a single theme, such as ‘Daring!’ (2003), ‘The Artist’s World’ (2011) and ‘The Senses (2012).

While the city Tweets

23 December 2012

Brendan Dawes’s digital portraits visualise data drawn from the online chatter of British city-dwellers
To mark the arrival of the 4G mobile network in eleven cities across the UK, telecom giant EE (Everything Everywhere) commissioned digital artist Brendan Dawes to create ‘digital portraits’ of each city.

Noted #47

17 December 2012

Christmas gifs, Mel Bochner, hacked embroidery and kaleidoscopic flowers from Kapitza.
Here are some assorted links and things, seasonal or otherwise, suggested by Eye’s friends and family.

Noted #46

22 November 2012

Schwitters, typewriting, wood type, the future Detroit Printing Plant and the United Stats of America
This past Friday the last British-made typewriter, the CM-1000, left the Brother factory in Wrexham for London’s Science Museum collection. Eye received a tiny, tactile, hand-printed snake book from Barrie Tullett of The Caseroom Press, wrapped in a typewritten paper sleeve.

Type in Wapping

13 November 2012

Pencil to Pixel opens up Monotype’s archive of typographic history, from artwork to artefacts
The ‘Pencil to Pixel’ exhibition, which opens this Friday at Metropolitan Wharf in London, gives visitors is a chance to see some of Monotype’s extensive archive of original artwork, type drawings, arcane artefacts (including justification drums and ships’ curves) and publications.

Noted #45

26 October 2012

Sneaker art, Coverthink on news design, Kerouac, Lubalin, letterpress and a letter from the Gentle Author.
This week in Noted: branding, editorial design, Kerouac’s scroll, letterpress, more Herb Lubalin and an illustrative alphabet from 1836.

‘X’ marks the spot

19 October 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ‘Election special’, packed with striking infographics, shows there is still space for innovation on the newsstand.
The latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek is an election special, packed with the kind of stimulating editorial information design we have come to expect from the team led by Richard Turley.

Not drowning but waving

4 October 2012

The National Poetry Day’s Piccadilly Circus display is a welcome drop of visual poetry in an ocean of brandspace
The big advertising displays of Piccadilly Circus have long been dominated by the big brands: Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Samsung, etc.

Noted #44, LDF #10

13 September 2012

Graphic design and visual culture at the London Design Festival, 14-23 September 2012.
As the London Design Festival [LDF] enters its tenth year, the organisers are preparing to serve up a varied menu of talks, exhibitions and workshops, and our crack team of ‘Noted’ reporters have been getting out their loupes to find examples of graphic design among all the bags and chairs.

Information inspiration

12 September 2012

Commercial Type’s Paul Barnes will give the annual Beatrice Warde lecture at St Bride Library.
Type design and lettering today stands atop of a pile of historical information collected over many centuries. Much of this is still visible if we look hard enough.

Noted #43

24 August 2012

Harry Beck’s beasts, Pentagram fakes it, Art Vinyl, undesirable Harry (Potter) and Design Yatra.
Here’s a random-ish selection of (non-Olympic) things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Next week: Paralympic graphic watch.

Creative countdown

15 August 2012

Paul Smith, Giles Duley, GTF and Quentin Jones head the line-up for Here 2012, 21 September
How does a wannabe racing cyclist from Nottingham become one of the foremost creative figures of his generation, a global fashion name with a particularly English aesthetic? ‘Here 2012’, the September symposium curated by It’s Nice That, promises a unique – and amusing – insight into the mind that launched a thousand suits, their (informal) mentor Sir Paul Smith.

Noted #42

11 August 2012

Olympic graphics watch 3 – stamps, steely Jess Ennis, ringing in the data and icons of the Times
More Olympic graphics (and more to come, once the Paralympics get going). Here are some more sightings from Eye readers and contributors.

Noted #41

4 August 2012

Olympic graphics watch 2 – infographics, ironic accuracy and competitive armchair Olympics
More Olympic graphics have caught our attention. As the games continue – please send us your sightings via Flickr and Twitter.

Noted #40

22 July 2012

Typecache, marginal Brazil, mags with letters, Malick Sidibé’s studio
Here are a few more links that caught our attention in recent days.

Noted #39

13 July 2012

Olympic graphics watch – pictograms, logos & signs that keep the flame alive
Here are a few reflections on Olympics graphics that caught our attention.

Noted #38

14 June 2012

Details, webfonts, operatic Len Lye, torn posters and Olympic variations
Here are some links to things that have caught the attention of the Eye team over the past week or so.

Alan’s capital letters

12 June 2012

This July show will take us round the London boroughs of Kitching
Later this summer, Alan Kitching’s forthcoming exhibition, ‘Mr Kitching’s London’ at London’s Advanced Graphics will include 25 works including several of his idiosyncratic typographic maps.

Noted #30

13 February 2012

Surrogate Valentines, movie posters, Kama Sutra letters, social donuts
Here are some links to sites, images and texts that have caught the attention of the Eye team over the past week or so.

In the neighbourhood #1

19 January 2012

‘There’s instinctive understanding ... we barely need a brief any more’
For Eye 81, John Ridpath interviewed three designers who work with local clients.

Picture puzzle

18 January 2012

When is a photo not a photo? Why not ask Sue Steward’s ‘New Alchemists’ …
‘The New Alchemists’, an exhibition in Islington curated by Sue Steward, features 50 works by artists who work with photographs and the photographic process, in part reflecting what Steward herself described in Eye as the dramatic ‘changes in [photography’s] technical, compositional, theoretical and aesthetic meanings’ (see ‘Out of the darkroom and into the light’, Eye 80).

Lines of communication

3 January 2012

Carl DeTorres on IBM, Ogilvy and avoiding ‘over art direction’
For Eye 81, the ‘Designers and clients’ special issue, Chris Maillard spoke to several clients and design managers about their working relationships with the designers they commission.

Five from the archive

16 December 2011

A handful of articles from Eye’s back pages. Kinross, Margolin, etc.
While we look forward to launching a new Eye website next year, we’ve been busily adding more content from back issues to the Eye website archive – a task that provides a fascinating opportunity to sift through design history. Here are five recently added articles.

Historical digital #3

8 September 2011

Grow your own. More digital food for thought … made with Processing
Here are some more examples of digital work from ‘Grow your own’, the article about Processing featured in Eye 65. See ‘Historical digital #2’, yesterday’s Eye blog post.

Historical digital #1

20 July 2011

Digital craft. A new wave reasserts the primacy of skills and knowhow
In ‘Magic box’ (Eye 70), David Crow argues: ‘In a world where ideas are the prime currency and craft skills can be hired, craft and “concept” are seen as mutually exclusive … A valuable area of creative process risks being overlooked.’

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

15 April 2011

See Rick Poynor’s latest Critique – about Catel and Bocquet’s graphic biography of Surrealist icon Kiki de Montparnasse
I had some reservations about Kiki de Montparnasse, a new graphic biography of the artists’ model and muse, painter, singer of bawdy songs and celebrity, who came to fame in Paris in the 1920s, writes Rick Poynor in Eye 79.

The science of magazine design

22 November 2010

Stack America’s infographic explores the fundamentals of art direction
Few people outside the hothouse world of magazine production realise what a difficult and intellectually demanding job editorial art direction can be, so we are deeply grateful to Eye contributor Andrew Losowsky (of Stack America) for this carefully researched chart by Richard Turley and his team (Rob and Kenton) at Bloomberg Business Week.

Troubled waters

25 October 2010

Anthony Burrill designs a poster that’s screenprinted with oil from the BP spill
Anthony Burrill has made a new series of limited-edition posters, printed in BP oil from the ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Divine Noir

2 September 2010

From Hell to Heaven in Seymour Chwast’s graphic take on Dante
Seymour Chwast’s first graphic novel, published next week, sees the designer / illustrator tackle Dante Alighieri’s fourteenth century masterpiece the Divine Comedy. In this graphic re-telling of the medieval poem, Dante dons a Dick Tracy trench coat and fedora, while Virgil (his guide) sports a tuxedo, bowler hat and cane.

Glamour profession

26 February 2010

Anthony Burrill’s graphics for Jenny Packham at London Fashion Week
‘It was all my favourite things in one place,’ says Anthony Burrill, delighted by his latest venture into the world of high fashion.

The aesthetics of emptiness

11 December 2008

Pictures of empty and abandoned spaces in the US and Japan
Abandoned buildings and places have always invited photography.