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James Mosley: A life in objects

Issue 90, 2015

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Through his ideas, collecting and dogged research, the former St Bride librarian has shown that…

Words and pictures talking

Opinion

Canongate has reissued John Berger and Jean Mohr’s A Fortunate Man, about Gloucestershire doctor…

Nostalgia for the Carnation Revolution

Issue 89, Winter 2014

Review

The exhibition ‘Freedom of Image’, which was spread throughout Porto between…

The retoucher’s accidental art

Issue 88, 2014

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The reworked press photos now being discarded are unique objects and compellingly strange images.…

Comic cuts

Issue 87, Spring 2014

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Andreu Balius collects Spanish meat papers, which are typically covered in graphic images of…

A Monotype timeline

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

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

Stanley Morison: Changing the Times

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

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In 1929 Monotype’s typographical adviser, Stanley Morison, published an article critical of the…

Deep in the Monotype archive

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

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

Pages from the library of libraries

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Review

Graphic design, devoted as it is to re-framing text and image, thrives as an…

Dan Dare, Bunty and all their pals

Issue 83, 2012

Review

  James Chapman states his intentions openly: to trace the development of…

Temple of type

Issue 2, Winter 1991

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St Bride Library is one of the world’s best sources of information about type design and…

Punk uncovered: an unofficial history of provincial opposition

Issue 33, Autumn 1999

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British punk gave a sound, a voice and a visual currency to the disenfranchised and remote.…

Self-aggrandising, self-satisfied

Issue 38, Winter 2000

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Brochures: Frost, Push, Elliott Peter Earls, the Office of CC . . .

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City of signs

15 July 2015

Artist Alida Sayer witnesses a collision of ancient and hyper-modern in Andong, South Korea
The city of Andong, though widely considered the bastion of ‘traditional’ Korea, possesses a distinctively perpendicular aesthetic, writes Alida Sayer.

Retrogressive

2 June 2015

An archive of historical, ‘aw shucks’ clip art shows a clipped version of history, says Steven McCarthy
One afternoon about fifteen years ago, my University of Minnesota office phone rang, writes Steven McCarthy. It was an attorney at law, claiming to represent The Gap, the clothing retailer.

Accidental art sale

10 April 2015

Haunting, retouched press photos from the collection of Raynal Pellicer are on display in a Paris gallery until late June
Raynal Pellicer’s collection of retouched press photos is on display at Galerie Argentic in Paris, writes Sean Eckhardt.

Codex lives on as a book

12 March 2015

The Eternal Letter, edited by Paul Shaw, was launched at the Type Directors Club in New York
Last month MIT Press launched the book The Eternal Letter: Two Millennia of the Classical Roman Capital at the Type Directors Club in New York City, writes Doug Clouse.

Beer signs in the grain belt

13 January 2015

Water, grain and time converge at the source of the Mississippi in Minnesota. Steven McCarthy tastes the typefaces and signs that brand his local beers
Minnesota has abundant quantities of beer’s two main ingredients: water and grain, writes Steven McCarthy.

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.

The trade that lost its way

14 May 2014

UK book printing is in trouble, says Francis Atterbury. The trade makes truly awful books, while the Private Press lacks content.
There’s a wave of technological revolution hitting the printing industry as new technology and new printing methods promise a revolution in the trade, writes Francis Atterbury.

Graphic protests inspire laughter and hope

28 March 2014

In the run-up to the Turkish elections, designers satirise the actions of prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Report by Gülizar Çepoğlu.
A deluge of satirical poster designs and artworks have become a powerful form of protest for Turkish people, writes Gülizar Çepoğlu.

Typographic freak-out

25 March 2014

Content Aware typography makes Adobe’s software ‘fail’ in the most interesting way
Content Aware Fill first appeared in Adobe Photoshop CS5, released in 2010, writes Tom Harrad.

Even further beyond Beck

16 September 2013

Extended review: Rob Waller takes a closer look at Underground Maps Unravelled by psychologist Maxwell Roberts
Harry Beck’s underground map has to be the most celebrated and discussed instance of information design, writes Rob Waller.

Two sides of propaganda

28 June 2013

A new exhibition recounts the history of political persuasion, from coins to tweets.
The British Library’s exhibition, ‘Propaganda: Power and Persuasion’, shows a 1982 political cartoon that was drawn shortly after martial law was imposed in Poland. The drawing is of General Jaruzelski, a Polish political leader, attempting to bridge the gap between two sides of a widening chasm. The left side represents propaganda; the right represents reality, writes Katy Canada.

Sinhala’s voluptuous letters

26 June 2013

A collaboration – between Columbo, in Sri Lanka, and Falmouth, in the UK – explores the typographic possibilities of the Sinhalese abugida
The orthography of the Sinhalese, one of the peoples of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka‚ is one of three writing systems that populate the visible culture of the south Asian island nation, writes Timothy Donaldson.

Museum of lights

15 May 2013

Thomas E. Rinaldi’s New York Neon documents a cityscape sprawling with the remnants of illuminated signage. Rinaldi shies away from ‘spectaculars’ in familiar places such as Times Square in favour of the ‘open-air museum’ of on-premise storefronts across Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, writes Sarah Snaith.

Banham’s Melbourne letters

26 March 2013

The first thing you think on flipping through Characters is: Wow, I wouldn’t mind living in Melbourne, writes Robert Hanks.

A dentist’s unerring eye

17 January 2013

Dr Hans Sachs was the poster aficionado who launched Das Plakat. By Graham Twemlow
Graham Twemlow writes: A large part of the Hans Sachs poster collection is about to be sold off at auction (see ‘Back on the market’). Born in Breslau, Germany in 1881, Dr Sachs began collecting posters at the end of the nineteenth century while he was training to become a chemist (he later turned to dentistry).

Ladies’ unmentionables

15 January 2013

Shelley Gruendler is fascinated by the graphic language of feminine hygiene disposal bags
Twenty years ago, while in my second year at design school, I pilfered my first ‘feminine hygiene sanitary disposal’ bag from a doctor’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina, writes Shelley Gruendler.

Hand-made in Cambodia

21 November 2012

Painted signs enliven the streetscapes of Kratie, a sleepy provincial capital in North East Cambodia.
Cambodia is a country awash with hand-painted signs, writes Sam Roberts. They form an integral part of the streetscape but most visitors barely even notice them.

What are they thinking?

5 November 2012

These unique, plebeian graphic executions – ephemeral, often questionable lawn signs – embody the US Constitution’s First Amendment guarantee of free speech, says Mike Kippenhan.
In the United States, automobile bumper stickers and lawn signs are the preferred way of informing others non-verbally of one’s political affiliation, writes Mike Kippenhan.

Smoke bomb

20 August 2012

Australia’s decision to ‘unbrand’ tobacco packaging demands more debate, says Alex Cameron
Last week I woke to the news that cigarette packaging is to be ‘un-designed’ as a result of a landmark ruling by the highest court in Australia, writes Alex Cameron. As a result, from December, all fag packets will be olive green, and dominated by large graphic health warnings, with the manufacturers' names printed in a small generic font.

The notes may be fabricated

31 July 2012

Alternative currencies show that money is just an idea that can be redesigned. By Livia Lima
We live in an age when it is difficult to trust our banks, writes Livia Lima, but what about the notes in your purse or wallet? With economies across Europe teetering on the edge of collapse, plans are being drawn up to revive ‘retired’ currencies such as the drachma, and some Greek cities have jumped the gun by issuing their own alternative currencies.

Design for drugs in NYC

7 October 2011

Exhibition will explore the graphic world of pharmaceutical products
A new exhibition at The Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union will explore the graphic world of pharmaceutical design. Work by Andy Warhol, Lester Beall, Will Burtin and Herb Lubalin features in the show, which charts design for drugs from the 1940s to the present day. Here, curator Alexander Tochilovsky shares his thoughts about what he sees as a ‘golden age’ in US pharmaceutical design, the 1940s and 50s.

Lost in space

28 July 2011

Why do architects believe their wordless buildings are easy to read?
‘Sign designers are convinced that architects don’t like them,’ writes Rob Waller, in his provocative Monitor piece in the latest issue of Eye (no. 80 vol. 20).