various designers

Recent articles about various designers

Crowd control

Issue 101, Summer 2021


Designers are making illustrated books through crowdfunding instead of traditional publishing…

A rallying cry for ethics

Issue 101, Summer 2021


There could not be a more apt time for the publication of Ethics in Design and…

Reputations: Mario Eskenazi

Issue 101, Summer 2021


‘Here in Europe everything was more formal, more rigid, and American design was freer, fresher. I…

Gender imbalance

Issue 101, Summer 2021


Within the design publishing landscape, type-focused titles abound, yet type…

The pandemic that launched a thousand visualisations

Issue 101, Summer 2021


Covid-19 has generated a growth in information design and an opportunity to compare different ways…

Seaside splendour

Issue 101, Summer 2021


Eclectic, yet streamlined by design. It is perhaps unsurprising that Art…

Many players on the Olympic stage

Issue 101, Summer 2021


Germany first hosted an Olympic Games in 1936, in Berlin and…

Letterform Archive: Objects of Inspiration

Issue 100, Summer 2020


Letterform Archive is feeding the post-digital generation’s passion for physical artefacts

‘As, not for’: The critique goes on

Issue 100, Summer 2020


‘As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes’ is an itinerant exhibition of work by black designers…

Liza Enebeis: Curious creative director

Issue 100, Summer 2020


‘Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the world feels more united. This may be a trigger in the future…

Where was Weimar?

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


The era of the Weimar Republic, which emerged in Germany in the wake of the…

Who cares if you read?

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


David Carson is indelibly linked to the notion of the ‘end of print’…

Yes we can change

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


Sunny Dolat, co-founder of The Nest Collective, at What Design Can Do México…

Encyclopedic ambitions

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


English-language historical surveys of illustration have been undertaken on…

Thinking machine

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


In the vestibule of Level G at the Barbican a man stands before a large black…

Big idea, small footprint

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


New York’s Mmuseumm is not a freak show but rather a show of freaky, poignant…

Ethics in the age of data capitalism

Issue 99, Autumn 2019


Has user-centred design dragged us to the brink of catastrophe? And if so, do we need a First…

Two cheers for publishing

Issue 98, Spring 2019


A two-volume book packed with graphic design history is a visual blockbuster, but does little for…

Editorial Eye 98

Issue 98, Spring 2019


When you visit St Bride Printing Library in London, or the living archive…

A century of no, No, NO

Issue 98, Spring 2019


An air of discontent has been fomenting in the US since the turmoil of the…

States of independence

Issue 98, Spring 2019


The fragmentation of the type market has led to new ways of examining, acquiring and enjoying…

Originality and inspiration

Issue 98, Spring 2019


It may be unrealistic to expect that every new typeface will be unique and original, but giving up…

Small is beautiful

Issue 96, Spring 2018


Estonian design education enjoys a culture of innovation and experimentation thanks to the…

Systematic play

Issue 95, Winter 2018


Using intuition, research and process, the work of Armin Lindauer and Betina Müller revitalises…

Editorial Eye 94

Issue 94, Summer 2017


The notion that graphic design is fundamentally a creative business, a form…

Design culture with constraints

Issue 92, Summer 2016


Until recently, everyday commercial graphic design from East Germany was…

Unpicking the design process

Issue 92, Summer 2016


How do things in the design world actually get done? All too often the…

Tints and tones at the dawn of film

Issue 92, Summer 2016


Legend has it that audiences for the Lumière brothers’ film The Arrival of a…

A Roman legacy

Issue 90, Summer 2015


The Eternal Letter is the first in a series of books dedicated to letterforms…

Mondo magazines

Issue 4, Summer 1991


Some of the sharpest and most influential graphic design ideas come from the new magazines. Eye…

Space for stories

Issue 87, Spring 2014


Visual Editions’ box of literary maps challenges authors to think differently about the structures…

Raw and radical

Issue 86, Autumn 2013


The ‘underground press’ died out more than 40 years ago. Yet it lives on…

The accessible elite

Issue 86, Autumn 2013


Linda Kwon reports on a design conference that aims to fight the ‘velvet rope syndrome’

Paper tigers

Issue 83, Summer 2012


Deborah Burnstone describes Fedrigoni’s inspirational workshops for secondary school art and…

Need to experiment

Issue 10, Autumn 1993


Letter from Teal Triggs in Eye 10

Glorious transit

Issue 85, Spring 2013


Let’s face it, graphic design is short of real drama. There are no good…

Source code for a design revolution

Issue 85, Spring 2013


Processing, an open-source programming language and environment for creating…

First things last

Issue 14, Autumn 1994


Letter from Ken Garland in Eye 14

A Monotype timeline

Issue 84, Autumn 2012


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

Russian revolution

Issue 84, Autumn 2012


Polly Corrigan meets the founder of a new graphic design school in Moscow.

Pictures on a page

Issue 84, Autumn 2012


This Eye special issue about Monotype focuses on the technology of putting…

Turn of the Screw

Issue 84, Autumn 2012


‘Sex sells!’ was a 1960s motto. Though not as popular as ‘Peace now’, ‘Make…

Every word in its place

Issue 84, Autumn 2012


Reading Richard Hollis’s writings, one can’t help wondering how the esteemed…

Deep in the Monotype archive

Issue 84, Autumn 2012


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

On being well read

Issue 84, Autumn 2012


In this shifting digital world, countless websites, blogs and social networks…

Pages from the library of libraries

Issue 84, Autumn 2012


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

Relentless information

Issue 83, Summer 2012


Riding the persistent wave of popular interest in data visualisation…

End of history? Graphic design hasn’t started

Issue 59, Spring 2006


The New Views symposium elicited two distinct perspectives on graphic design…

Crash covers

Issue 52, Summer 2004


J. G. Ballard’s novel resists attempts to summarise it with a single image

Classical crossroads

Issue 76, Summer 2010


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

Charts change minds

Issue 82, Winter 2012


Description of the slave ship Brookes 1788

The mystery of frozen locomotion

Issue 75, Spring 2010


This exhibition explores the static, two-dimensional representation of movement.…

Letters from Bologna

Issue 64, Summer 2007


You could read the promotional material for this conference several times without…

Design + music = magic

Issue 76, Summer 2010


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

Lost in flatlands

Issue 80, Summer 2011


Will the next generation of page layout programs give us back our sense of space?

Physical display

Issue 67, Spring 2008


How lettering is made for public display: hand-cutting in wood and stone, & routing in metal and…

Back with a flourish

Issue 62, Winter 2006


A taste for ornamentation and 1970s kitsch has led to a revival in the swash, the ‘tea cosy’ of…

Art without its bitter history

Issue 23, Winter 1996


I have a problem with Stalin’s face. He looked exactly like my cat. Exactly. This…

Culture compass

Issue 78, Winter 2010


Andrew Losowsky on the ‘nonsensical authority’ of the Approval Matrix

Modernism and me: a survivor’s tale

Issue 59, Spring 2006


On reading the first few pages of Natalia Ilyin’s Chasing the Perfect: Thoughts…

Interview with Dan Fern

Issue 76, Summer 2010


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

Surface to space

Issue 67, Spring 2008


Maths, computers and the internet are bringing new life, form and purpose to a traditional paper art…

The decriminalisation of ornament

Issue 58, Winter 2005


Spurned and marginalised for more than a century, decoration is enjoying a guilt-free renaissance

Nameless thing

Issue 57, Autumn 2005


Tokyo’s TDC rewards work that transcends means, intention, content, context – and just ‘is’…

Adventures in motion pictures. The post-photographic age

Issue 77, Autumn 2010


Do editors’ demands for both motion and stills mean that an era of still photography is coming to…

Pin point

Issue 78, Winter 2010


Jack Schulze praises the ‘US space programme’ of mapping

Recent Photobooks: a connoisseur’s guide

Issue 62, Winter 2006


Martin Munkacsi By F. C. Gundlach Steidl, €48. Thames & Hudson, £39.95 In…

The steamroller of branding

Issue 53, Autumn 2004


Art and culture are open to interpretation. Why must we give them fixed identities?

Conference madness

Issue 49, Autumn 2003


It’s a messy hybrid of live chat show, summer camp, theatre and rock’n’roll

Propaganda for the pocket

Issue 10, Autumn 1993


Czech matchbox labels form a miniature gallery of Czechoslovakian society under communism


Issue 38, Winter 2000


Is graphic design, with its allusions and clutter, fundamentally antithetical to minimalism?

Sticks in the mind

Issue 69, Autumn 2008


Does anyone care about posters, or are they just an ego-trip for the designers who still make…

The designer as author

Issue 20, Spring 1996


Graphic authorship is taken for granted by many design theorists and it is gaining ground within…

The Press Release

Issue 38, Winter 2000


The press release is one of the principal methods through which design companies, art directors…

The endless library at the end of print

Issue 27, Spring 1998


Does the current avalanche of glossy books constitute a genuine design history – or mere graphic…

The chair man dances

Issue 28, Summer 1998


This little red book is a capitalist keepsake – a testament to the corporate culture of a chair…

The far side

Issue 81, Autumn 2011


Clients can seem stubborn, ignorant, wilful and slow, yet some build a relationship of strong mutual…

Scribble and strum

Issue 76, Summer 2010


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

Temple of type

Issue 2, Winter 1990


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

First Things First Manifesto 2000

Issue 33, Autumn 1999


Thirty-three visual communicators renew the 1964 call for a change of priorities

Punk uncovered: an unofficial history of provincial opposition

Issue 33, Autumn 1999


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

Naked words

Issue 82, Winter 2012


Type-only book covers – whether deliberately austere, functional … or shouting loud from the…

Places need signs

Issue 80, Summer 2011


Information design, architecture and making buildings readable

Just Add Stock

Issue 73, Autumn 2009


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

Golden age?

Issue 71, Spring 2009


The digital revolution still fuels a creative explosion in the way type is made and sold. Twelve…

Phil Baines and Typography Now

Issue 71, Spring 2009


A letter from Rick Poynor

Messy medium

Issue 64, Summer 2007


Social media is shifting message-making away from mass media and into the hands of multiple users.

Beer: the real thing


Beer labels promise authenticity and reliability. But what about taste? Critique by Rick Poynor

Chewing it over: issues of style and content

Issue 49, Autumn 2003


Agenda In the spring issue of Eye (no. 47 vol. 12) I wrote a particularly…

Visual systems of life and death

Issue 101, Summer 2021


In this appendix to ‘The pandemic that launched a thousand visualisations’, Paul Kahn outlines…

Editorial Eye 34

Issue 34, Winter 1999


Though we have designated this edition a ‘Public realm special issue’, it could…

Your system sucks!

Issue 8, Autumn 1993


The flight from Modernism left a yearning for graphics that were rough, real, unaffected and…

Are you sure you need that new logo?

Issue 10, Autumn 1993


Graphic designers fill the world with a Babel of signs. Is it time we took them away again? By Ken…

White space, silent thoughts

Issue 33, Autumn 1999


Visual data is often all we need: sound can divert the mind from interpretation, from completing…

Recent blog posts by various designers

Year of the pictograms

8 September 2021

‘Tokyo 1964’ demonstrates the lasting influence of that year’s games on design for the Olympics
As this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games were nearing their end, an exhibition exploring the legacy of Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics opened at Japan House in London. ‘Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow’ is a comprehensive case study of the 1964 Olympics and its lasting design legacy, writes Gabriela Matuszyk.

Brazilian type bonanza

10 June 2021

Lazy Dog Press aims to crowdfund an English-language anthology of Tupigrafia, founded in São Paulo by Claudio Rocha and Tony de Marco  
Few type mags have had a lifespan of more than two decades, but the Portuguese-language Tupigrafia is one example, writes Massimo Gonzato.

Have we all been bad designers?

5 May 2021

Humans invented waste, and designers are part of the problem. Richard van der Laken writes about the No Waste Challenge
Recent data suggests that our landfills are growing by some two billion tonnes of garbage every year, writes Richard van der Laken.

An Iranian vision

5 November 2020

Despite censorship and sanctions, a bilingual magazine showcasing Iranian and Western design has flourished for two decades. By Steven Heller
The history of visual arts in Iran is divided into two historical periods of Iranian pre-Islamic and post-Islamic art, writes Steven Heller.

Letterpress celebration

13 October 2020

Italy’s Tipoteca museum commemorates its quarter century with 25 specially commissioned posters. By Simon Esterson and James Clough
Based in Cornuda in the northeast of Italy, Tipoteca is one of the finest printing museums in the world.

Crouwel’s institutional intuition

19 September 2020

On the first anniversary of Wim Crouwel’s death, Alex J. Todd recalls a visit to the Stedelijk Museum exhibition ‘Mr. Gridnik’
On 19 September 2019, nine days before the opening of ‘Wim Crouwel: Mr. Gridnik’ at the Stedelijk Museum, Crouwel died, aged 90, in Amsterdam, writes Alex J. Todd.

Font Li Beirut – harmony in discord

8 September 2020

Li Beirut is a unique font – made in a week by 160 type designers – to support victims of last month’s Beirut blast. Nadine Chahine writes for Eye about her Letters of Hope project
On Tuesday 4 August 2020, villages and towns to the north, east, and south of Beirut began to report a big explosion, writes Nadine Chahine.

David King: Ranged Left!

1 September 2020

Eye’s next Type Tuesday, ‘David King: Ranged Left!’ will celebrate the life and work of David King (1943-2016) 
Please join us for the next Type Tuesday at 6pm (British Summer Time) on 8 Sept 2020. This online event marks the publication of Rick Poynor’s new book David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian (Yale), designed by Eye’s Simon Esterson. 

Pier review

20 July 2020

Decorative typography and lettering evoke the halcyon days of the British seaside. The fourth in Justin Burns’s series about coastal graphic design
Lettering, typography, and accentuated three-dimensional signs dominate the British coast, writes Justin Burns.

Say their names

6 July 2020

In the weeks following George Floyd’s death, Minnesota’s Twin Cities filled with graphic expressions of rage, mourning, solidarity and hope. By Steven McCarthy
In the wake of George Floyd’s unwarranted death at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, the graphic landscape of Minnesota’s Twin Cities has exploded with expressions of rage, mourning, solidarity and hope, writes Steven McCarthy.

Virtually speaking

24 June 2020

Design educator Nigel Ball weighs in on the positives that Covid-instigated online talks have offered students who live far from big cities
It seems inappropriate to suggest that some good has come out of Covid-19 – given the number of people who have died, and the sacrifices that many have made, writes Nigel Ball

Books of seaside revelations

3 June 2020

Guidebooks have enticed visitors to resorts since the nineteenth century. The third in Justin Burns’s series about coastal graphic design in the UK
For decades, the guidebook has navigated visitors through the bright lights of the seaside, showcasing the attractions and architectural splendour of the British coast, writes Justin Burns.

Ideas to the fore

6 May 2020

A recent Spanish-language book champions South American designers in a typographic format that foregrounds their thoughts about practice
Books about Argentinian design are rare, as are books that more broadly consider and contextualise Latin American design for readers within or outside the region, writes Sarah Snaith.

Resorting to type

16 April 2020

In the first of a new series of Eye blog posts, Justin Burns explores the graphic language of the British seaside
Walk along the promenade and we are met with the sounds, smells and signs that inform our experience of the seaside, writes Justin Burns.

Noted #97

7 April 2020

Kitching’s letterpress lockdown, Gorilla returns, dogs in cars, quarantine fonts, colouring in and a pastel poster tribute to immigrants
Here is a selection of things that have caught our attention in recent (quarantined) weeks.

Books received #43

12 March 2020

Gothic comics for girls; soundsystem culture; The Power and Influence of Illustration by Alan Male; and Liz McQuiston’s Protest!
Here is a selection of titles that caught our attention in recent months.

Noted #96

19 February 2020

Tom Gauld commission for St Bart’s Hospital, Elda Broglio’s ‘Amor de Verano’, Yuri Suzuki’s The Welcome Chorus, the On Design podcast and a typeface for the Shoah Memorial wall in Paris
Here is a selection of things – a typographic memorial wall, a selection of Type Directors Club award winners, a sound installation, an illustrated mural and a podcast – that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

Harmonic voices

17 January 2020

Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography’s exhibition ‘Mike / Sierra / Tango’ addressed the broad landscape of contemporary, multi-script typefaces
An exhibition shown at the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography [HMCT] and ATypI Tokyo 2019 highlighted the value of type design and typography in a world connected by new information technologies, writes HMCT’s Gloria Kondrup.

Typographic hints for the next generation

26 November 2019

‘The New Art School Rules’ is showing in Bury as part of Design Manchester 19. Review by Alex Cameron
‘The New Art School Rules!’ – part of Design Manchester 19 Festival – is an exhibition of 121 type-based images designed by current practitioners, writes Alex Cameron.

MagCulture Live 2019

20 November 2019

The conference formerly known as ModMag gave magazine makers plenty to think about, and reasons to be optimistic
The ‘magCulture Live’ day of presentations by editors, art directors and publishers was one of the best magazine events I have ever attended, writes John L. Walters.

Work in progress in Rotterdam

20 September 2019

AGI’s international president Dean Poole (New Zealand) talks about the ambitions of ‘In Progress’, this year’s AGI Open, 24 September 2019
Established in 2010 by the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) – a network of graphic designers that spans 43 nations – AGI Open is an annual, student-focused conference designed to share ideas with students and the local design community, writes Dean Poole.

Corporate folk art

16 September 2019

For BMW Art Cars, famous artists try their hands at graphic design, transforming sports cars into motorised canvases. Report by Jez Owen
If you are an art lover or a car enthusiast the phrase ‘Fine art curated by corporate automobile manufacturer’ might give you a shiver of dread, writes Jez Owen.

Books received #40 (education)

27 August 2019

Teaching Graphic Design History; Unfrozen – a Design Research Reader; The Graphic Design Reader; Writing for the Design Mind
Here is a collection of educationally oriented titles that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

(Typographic) Noted #94

19 August 2019

Toulouse Letters; Brick Index; Jeremy Tankard’s Brucker; Morgue File 1 & 2; Reinventing Print: Technology and Craft in Typography
Here is a selection of type-related things – a new typeface and several typographic books – that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

Access all areas

25 July 2019

Letterform Archive needs our help to move to a new home in San Francisco. Claire Mason describes her first encounter with the collection
Three years ago, in the summer of 2016, I took a sabbatical from Penguin Books in London and spent three months in the United States, writes Claire Mason.

(Dance) Noted #93

19 June 2019

2wice Arts Foundation; Tanec Praha; identity for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; flamenco magazine El Canon; illustrated campaign for Texas Ballet Theater
Here is a selection of dance-related things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

(Typographic) Noted #92

11 June 2019

WNBA rebrand; Caseroom’s Gun Dog; Swiss / Bolivian foundry Altiplano; Bantjes reloaded; Klim’s Sincerity / Irony
Here is a selection of type-related things – a rebrand, a new foundry and a some typographic books – that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

Three design days in June

30 May 2019

The second Birmingham Design Festival is packed with workshops, speakers, and most events are free. Luke Tonge explains who, what and why
Dan Alcorn and I initiated Birmingham Design Festival out of both frustration and amazement, writes Luke Tonge.

Type now: Eye 98 live

28 May 2019

Join us at St Bride Library for Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday on 4 June, with Hansje van Halem, Mark Thomson, Ferdinand Ulrich and more …
The next Type Tuesday on 4 June 2019 is a live version of our latest type special issue.

More mags in Manhattan

22 May 2019

The second Modern Magazine conference in New York City, boasting a glittering line-up of indie and mainstream talent, is just days away
The second annual one-day ModMagNYC will take place on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at Parsons School of Design in New York. (Eye is a media partner for both this and the next ModMag conference in London, on 7 November 2019.)

Letters from Tokyo

20 May 2019

Sam Roberts reports from Tokyo Letterheads, an international ‘meet’ for letterers and sign painters
Last month’s Tokyo Letterheads event ended with an auction. One of the items (won by London’s Ged Palmer) was a hanging paper sign, a collaboration between Dude Signs (Japan) and Kingson (Taiwan), that translates roughly as ‘Brush Mafia Invades Tokyo’, writes Sam Roberts.

Not at your service

13 May 2019

Anne-Marie Willis has assembled a compelling collection of essays that address the ways design and philosophy can change our lives. Review by John O’Reilly
Bloomsbury’s new reader on the crossovers of design and philosophy asks us to question the traditional service role of professional design, writes John O’Reilly

Eye 98 out now

26 April 2019

The latest issue of Eye is a type special
The latest issue of Eye has been printed and it’s on its way to subscribers and shops right now.

Noted #91

20 March 2019

Situated Between (Treacy & Ozkal), Crayonograph, Le Gun no. 6, a journal from The Pre-Vinylite Society … and a typeset rectangular doily
Here are a few miscellaneous graphic artefacts that caught our attention in recent weeks.

(Typographic) Noted #90

15 February 2019

The 65th annual Type Directors Club competition, Patrick Thomas’s revised Protest Stencil Toolkit, the Whitney’s ‘programmed’ typeface and Studio Dumbar’s variable type City in Motion posters
Here is a selection of type-related things – recently announced type winners, a revised edition of a type, a selection of variable type posters, and an exhibition that looks at works of art based on instructions.

Books received #36

5 February 2019

James Victore’s Feck Perfuction; Observe, Collect, Draw!; Brand By Hand; How To Do Great Work Without Being an Asshole
Here is a collection of self-help and ‘memoir-adjacent’ titles – all written by designers – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Books received #34

23 November 2018

Thinking in Pictures, Typewriters, Pittori Di Cinema, The Golden Thread Project UK-USA and AGI Members 2007-2017
Here is a selection of books that caught our attention in recent months.

Search for a star (librarian)

20 November 2018

St Bride Library is looking for someone to take charge of its extraordinary archive
The ad looks almost mundane at first glance, tucked away on a site called, which is for ‘Library & Information’ jobs. Yet what it is advertising is one of the most crucial roles in type and design history: the job of Librarian at St Bride Printing Library in London, writes John L. Walters.

If you know where to look …

9 November 2018

Graphic design academics assemble in Sheffield to prepare for the next REF, the Research Excellence Framework. Report by Steve Rigley
The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which takes place every seven years, is the means by which UK funding councils assess the quality and impact of academic research in higher education, writes Steve Rigley.

Collecting and connecting

9 October 2018

100 Archive presents graphic design from Ireland, together with work made by Irish designers worldwide. By Aideen McCole
Several years ago a group of Dublin graphic designers decided to create the online platform 100 Archive, writes curator Aideen McCole.

Noted #88

14 September 2018

Karlssonwilker, Ultramarine’s new 7", Forme 01, Good Trouble, Good Chemistry Brewing’s branding and Design For Today
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

New York state of mag

24 May 2018

ModMag takes Manhattan next Wednesday for a one-day celebration of magazine-making with Gail Bichler, Richard Turley, Emily Oberman and more
Anyone who has attended or taken part in London’s annual Modern Magazine conference will know the depth of Jeremy Leslie’s love for magazines, writes John L. Walters.

Great display in Harlem

21 March 2018

Inspiring exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture illustrate the dynamic power of graphic design. By Robert Newman
If, like me, you’ve been both inspired and entertained by the cultural moment that the Black Panther movie has engendered, writes Robert Newman, you’ll want to see two equally inspiring and entertaining visual exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City: ‘Power in Print’ and ‘Black Power!’.

Vertical hold

6 December 2017

The redesign of Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica is a bold statement in a time of change. By Giulia Tugnoli
How can printed newspapers compete or coexist with the abundance of free information in the digital realm? Italian newspaper La Repubblica has some answers, writes Giulia Tugnoli

ModMag17: Part one

10 November 2017

Sarah Snaith reports from the fifth annual Modern Magazine conference
The fifth annual Modern Magazine conference, initiated and curated by magCulture founder Jeremy Leslie, took place this year at London’s Conway Hall. The speaker line-up reflected a wide array of approaches to publishing presented by art directors and editors who head up magazines young and old – from Migrant Journal (about to release issue three) to Japanese magazine Popeye, founded in 1976, writes Sarah Snaith.

Noted #84

18 October 2017

Tom Gauld’s literary bake-off, typography with balls, hot-metal Double Dagger 2, the smell of London and The Simoncini Method
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

And then there were six …

14 October 2017

The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017 will be announced on 17 October. Robert Hanks talks to the designers whose covers wrap round the six shortlisted contenders
In ‘The look of literature’ I wrote about the thirteen covers on this year’s Man Booker Prize* longlist – widely praised as one of the most adventurous and wide-ranging ever, writes Robert Hanks.

Books received #29

9 October 2017

Black Medicine Book, Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work, Fear, Colour and Hackney Studios
Here is a selection of books that caught our attention in recent weeks and months.

Noted #83

20 September 2017

Sea Prayer, Poster House, Pit, Straight No Chaser and National 2
Here are a few things – VR journalism, Poster House, new issues of  Pit and Straight No Chaser and a new typeface – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Sea levellers

18 September 2017

The 2017 Folkestone Triennial turns this seaside town into an open-air gallery for a kind of applied conceptual art … with a graphic edge
Folkestone is hosting its fourth Triennial, a two-month-long festival of contemporary art that can be appreciated in the open air of this British seaside town in Kent, writes John L. Walters.

Zines with superpowers

22 August 2017

In the shadow of Grenfell, local children make pages for a magazine workshop. By Oswin Tickler
The devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in West London in June 2017 is still having a profound effect on the local community, writes Oswin Tickler.

Books received #27 (type books)

26 June 2017

Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s, Word Disco, Type is Beautiful, Type Tells Tales and Johnston & Gill: Very British Types
Here are a few typographically oriented books that caught our attention in recent months.

(Typographic) Noted #82

7 June 2017

Emigre specimens, Sunday Clarendon, Sinem Erkas, drawing type, from sketch to screen and Fontsmith’s TypeNotes
Here are a few type and lettering things – books, magazines, alphabets – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Porto’s studio culture

1 June 2017

This year’s European Design Awards ceremony was held in the city of Porto, which is about to launch an international design biennale
Last weekend, designers from all over Europe converged on Porto for the European Design Awards (EDA) ceremony. The EDA has been running for the past decade, and now attracts entries from 34 countries, writes John L. Walters.

Noted #80

3 March 2017

Le Petit Néant, Pencil & Help, Tom Gauld’s Mooncop, The Fred and Knife
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Information is everywhere

23 January 2017

Awards tell only a fraction of the story, but there was plenty to learn from at the Information is Beautiful Awards, writes Max Gadney
The 2016 Information is Beautiful Awards were a generous and cerebral jamboree hosted by David McCandless, writes Max Gadney.

Noted #79

6 January 2017

Graffiti removal, Circular #19, The Phonografik Collectivo, Optimology° and Fermata
Here are a few things – graffiti removal, a Phoenician alphabet project, a media wall installation, Optimology° and a typography magazine – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Ghosts of designbots yet to come

21 December 2016

Automated graphic design and the rise of robot creatives – Francisco Laranjo files a critical report from the perspective of Christmas 2025
From our perspective here in 2025, it all seems inevitable, writes Francisco Laranjo. But maybe it wasn’t.

Books received #24

7 December 2016

Eggers in the sky, Callahan’s streets, Tim Burton, rubber-stamped Chilean horror and a Brit in Japan
Here are a few photobooks that have recently caught our attention … each reviewed in no more than 140 characters.

Loud, proud and animated

2 December 2016

Tate Britain’s ‘BP Loud Tate’ brought together hip-hop, digital animation and a talk about women of colour in the arts hosted by Gal-dem magazine
On Saturday 12 November, an array of UK-based artists and musicians took over Tate Britain for a day of workshopping, discussion and performances, writes Mariam Dembele.

Type on the campaign trail

30 October 2016

US designers contribute type, posters, badges and branding to the Hillary Clinton cause
From the outset, the Hillary Clinton campaign has enlisted the help of some of the United States’ best designers to portray and propagate her messages.

Human rights by any other name

24 October 2016

This poster exhibition is a powerful statement about women as global agents of social change. Marika Preziuso reviews ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights’ in Boston
The exhibition ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights’ aims to inform international public opinion on all the important intersections between women’s rights and human rights, writes Marika Preziuso.

Noted #78

18 October 2016

TypoCircle exhibition, Arjowiggins paper sample, Double Dagger, D&AD Manual 2016 and SEA 20
Here are a few things – an exhibition, paper sample, letterpress journal, manual and book – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Books received #23

10 October 2016

When War is Over, Drawn in Stereo, George McGovern & The Democratic Insurgents, The Big Adventure of a Little Line and Money
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks … each reviewed in no more than 140 characters.

Books received #22 (EDA special)

15 September 2016

Oldřich Hlavsa, Fairy Tales, FBA: O design gráfico como prática de clarificação, Carved Names and El Protectorado español en Marruecos  
The 2016 European Design Awards drew submissions from all across Europe – Poland, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal and beyond (including the United Kingdom).

Noted #77

7 September 2016

Beer cans, Dutch Alphabets, the Global Synthesizer Project, An Anthology of Decorated Papers and Chanced Arm no. 2
Here are a few things – beer cans, books, a sound installation and a magazine – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Optimistic tales and theories

2 September 2016

The ICON illustration conference in Texas had both practical pizzazz and academic depth. Roderick Mills, one of the speakers, reports
‘Tall Tales’, the ninth edition of the biennial ICON illustration conference was held in Austin, Texas last month, writes Roderick Mills.

The ultimate Ultrabold

27 August 2016

After ten eventful years, St Bride’s house magazine is on pause
The news that St Bride Foundation intends to cease publication of Ultrabold in its present form for the forseeable future is an opportunity to look back on a fruitful ten years, writes Ben Weiner.*

Image-making beyond style

17 August 2016

In Copenhagen this week: POST Design Festival – ‘a rallying cry for those who want design to serve society’
In October last year I met with illustrator Jody Barton over the coffee and pastries obligatory at any meeting here in Denmark, writes POST co-director Aideen McCole.

Encore for Curtain Call

11 August 2016

Ron Arad’s Roundhouse installation is an immersive 360-degree cinema for artists’ films
Ron Arad’s Curtain Call is part art installation, part immersive cinema, writes Janet South.

Noted #76

27 July 2016

Pureprint Works #4, Francesco Griffo, Beatrice Warde Scholarship winner Ania Wieluńska, London bus destination boards and Ghostbusters!
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Fileteado Porteño – past and present

7 July 2016

A vernacular folk art has become synonymous with the visual identity of Buenos Aires. Gustavo Ferrari explains this extraordinary craft
Fileteado porteño is a traditional Argentinean artform, which began as simple decoration on the trade carts of bread, milk and vegetable sellers in the early twentieth century, writes Gustavo Ferrari.

What design didn’t do

30 June 2016

As a designer I feel guilty, says Marina Willer. Could we have done more to stop Brexit?
Twenty years ago, I chose to move from Brazil to London because it is the most diverse and cosmopolitan city in the world, writes Marina Willer.

Typeset in concrete

21 June 2016

Visual poetry crashes into the 21st century in all its brutal beauty. Jeremy Noel-Tod reviews The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing)
The original postwar ‘concrete poetry’ movement, with its aspiration to a utopian ‘supranational’ poetry of untranslatable symbolism, was characterised by an emphasis on type in white space: the flat material surface of ‘rigid, non-sensuous’ printed language, writes Jeremy Noel-Tod.

Noted #75

13 May 2016

I Like Birds in Trittau; Mucho’s Tenderloin; Cercle on Costumes and P98a Paper’s Zombies of Berlin
Here is a small selection of graphic design for galleries and museums and magazines that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Offset 2016: day three

29 April 2016

Studio Dumbar, Niall McInnery, Andy Ristaino, Úna Burke, McBess, Stephen Averill and Shaughn McGrath … and Seb Lester. Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar conclude their coverage of the Dublin Offset conference
By the Sunday morning at Offset 2016, more coffee is required, with several extra shots, but there is still a lot to look forward to, write Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar.

Remediation in Warsaw

4 April 2016

Posters aren’t dead, they’re just off the wall. David Crowley explains the thinking behind the forthcoming Warsaw International Poster Biennale
The Warsaw International Poster Biennale is 50 years old in June, writes David Crowley.

Relocation to Albertopolis

19 March 2016

Save the date! On 24 November 2016 the new Design Museum opens at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington
Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic yesterday announced the date – Thursday 24 November 2016 – for the somewhat delayed opening of the museum’s new home in Kensington.

The calm collector

24 February 2016

A new collection of Steve Hare’s writing demonstrates an erudite passion for the design and content of Penguin Books
The late Steve Hare (1950-2015) was one of those writers that every editor appreciates, writes John L. Walters.

Classic Collections – Back to the 90s

11 February 2016

Surf back down the information superhighway to a time when the World Wide Web was thrillingly new – with Eye nos. 14, 16, 23 & 25
   Most early editions of Eye magazine are out of print. However a handful from the mid-to-late 1990s are still available from the Eye shop at ESco in Essex, and this bundle is an especially good bargain for magazine addicts.

Picture an orphan

7 February 2016

What do Luke Skywalker and Oliver Twist have in common? Clare Walters reviews Drawing on Childhood at the Foundling Museum
Given the perennial struggle against war, famine, disease and poverty, it is not surprising that many myths and fairy tales feature orphans, foundlings and fostered or abandoned children – think of Romulus and Remus, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel, writes Clare Walters.

Gutter press

21 January 2016

Nigel Ball on packaging graphics, ‘gutter share’ – and whether design blogs should be more sceptical about big brand news stories
As a design educator I need to keep on top of the latest developments, writes Nigel Ball, and a large aspect of this involves reading design blogs.

Warning cries

14 January 2016

Paul Rennie casts new light on RoSPA’s safety posters. Review of Safety First by Clare Walters
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) employed many of the best designers of the twentieth century to make its safety posters.

More design for eating

7 January 2016

Menu Design in America looks back at more than a century of visual and culinary history
There is something very satisfying about a menu. Whether it be the cutout of a pig just before delving into a pulled pork sandwich or a space age diner preparing you for some interstellar fry-up.

Classic Collections – On and Off the Wall

31 December 2015

A bundle of poster-themed back issues – 38, 46, 51 & 69  
Eye magazine has often covered the changing nature of poster design and its place in the graphic design world.

Illustration as anthropology

4 December 2015

In Assembly Point, a new gallery space in Peckham, eleven illustrators take a critical approach to their practice
This exhibition of contemporary illustrators is a serious affair, writes Colin Davies.

West End mags and East End zines

18 November 2015

The BSME’s upcoming event ‘Indie Mag Madness’ is a chance to hear from some of the best people making and distributing indie magazines today
Next Monday the BSME (The British Society of Magazine Editors) will hold its first ever event on the subject of indie magazines. Speakers include David Lane (The Gourmand), Cathy Olmedillas (Anorak), Rob Orchard (Delayed Gratification), David Jenkins (Little White Lies) and Steve Watson of Stack, the indie mag subscription company.

Noted #71

3 November 2015

TPTQ Arabic; Frank; FS Brabo by Fontsmith; Typomad 2015; New Perspectives in Typography; The Eric Gill Series
Typotheque’s Peter Biľak has announced the launch of TPTQ Arabic, a new type foundry dedicated to developing original high-quality Arabic typefaces and systems for bi-lingual typography.

Books received #16

26 October 2015

In Progress, Glyph*, Lago, Patternalia and Street Art Santiago
Here are a few books that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

Disappearing act

24 September 2015

The Graphic Workshop was a Boston artists’ collaborative, whose ‘Endangered Species’ poster series is celebrated in a current exhibition. By Paul Dobbs and Elizabeth Resnick
The Graphic Workshop was an artists’ collaborative in Boston that produced hundreds of remarkable silkscreen posters during a 22-year period, write Paul Dobbs and Elizabeth Resnick.

Books received #15

9 August 2015

Data Design; Mucho’s Sonia Delaunay catalogue; Alvin Langdon Coburn; and Irma Boom explores the cosmos with Olafur Eliasson
Here are a few more books that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Beyond selfish

13 May 2015

Could Selfiecity’s systems of visual analysis one day become a force for the common good?
‘Selfies’ are a cultural phenomenon, and it seems you cannot move for people taking them, writes Noel Douglas.

Noted #67

11 May 2015

Chineasy, The Happy Reader, Yellow, Brick and Puss Puss
Here are a few projects that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

Noted #66

24 March 2015

Gourmand Grotesque 777 & 888, 10x10, Type Team, PLINC and A Typographic Bestiary
Here are a few #TypeTuesday books, catalogues and specimens that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Offset 2015: day two

20 March 2015

Aisha Zeijpveld, Declan Shalvey, Steve Doogan, Tomi Ungerer, Veronica Ditting, Anders Eklind and Björn Engström, Chrissie Macdonald and Snask. Anna Kealey continues her coverage of the Dublin conference
Saturday’s illustration-heavy line-up at Offset welcomed artist, author and designer Tomi Ungerer, illustrator Chrissie Macdonald and creative agency Snask, among many others, to the stage, writes Anna Kealey.

Kemistry’s greatest hits

13 March 2015

Kemistry Gallery’s brief pop-up exhibition at Protein Studios gives visitors a chance to sample its quirky approach to design and graphic art
Kemistry Gallery occupied a small space in Shoreditch for ten years, and in that time, they showed a series of stimulating exhibitions.

Mounted, not sprayed

5 February 2015

International street artists ‘map their spaces’ on the walls of London’s Somerset House
‘Mapping the City’, featuring 50 artists, occupies the New Wing of Somerset House, a space in transition that features bare concrete floors, fireplaces in disrepair and unfinished stonework doorways, writes Sarah Snaith.

Mirror on the wall

21 January 2015

The global financial crisis sparked the creation of O Espelho (The Mirror) – a wall newspaper for the streets of Lisbon. By Rose Epple
The first appearance of the Portuguese wall newspaper O Espelho – on 12 November 2012 – was timed to coincide with Angela Merkel’s visit to Lisbon, writes Rose Epple.

Stepping into stories

16 January 2015

The Story Museum in Oxford celebrates the power of fiction with an exhibition that combines spoken word with photography and installation design
The Story Museum, which opened in 2014, occupies an unrefurbished building in the heart of Oxford and ‘26 Characters’ is its inaugural exhibition, writes Clare Walters.

Noted #65

31 December 2014

Noble Rot and OOMK magazines, the Redstone Press diary and two calendars in glorious colour
Here are a few things that caught our attention as 2014 crossfades into 2015.