7 June 2022
Graphic design live #2
Susan Kare in Lyon; Josep Renau in Valencia; Type Tuesday; Typographics 2022 in NYC; Birmingham Design Festival; Iwan Baan and Francis Kéré in London
Here is a selection of current and upcoming events worth noting in your design calendar. Read the Eye Events page to stay up to date with exhibitions, conferences, talks and workshops.
‘Icons’ by Susan Kare
to 18 September 2022
Location: Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication of Lyon, France
This show at Lyon’s Museum of Printing and Graphic Communication is the first international retrospective dedicated to US graphic designer and iconographer Susan Kare. Her contribution to ‘humanising’ graphic interfaces in the first Macintosh personal computer in 1982 is the pivotal point in the exhibition, as we learn about her tools, techniques, references and creative philosophy: ‘I believe that good icons are more akin to road signs rather than illustrations, and ideally should present an idea in a clear, concise, and memorable way.’
The exhibition is steeped in the visual language reminiscent of the early 1980s, featuring pixel art and video games.
Left. Happy Macintosh on Orange Gradient, 2019. Right. Steve Jobs 1983 on Rainbow, 2019.
Josep Renau and the time of images
to 10 July 2022
Location: Sala de Respeto del Palacio de los Scala de València, Spain
Valencian graphic artist and illustrator Josep Renau (1907-82 see Rick Poynor’s Photo Critique on the Eye blog) was a significant figure in the European avant-garde of the twentieth century. His compelling posters featuring photomontage and airbrushing techniques are the focus of this exhibition, with 70 visually innovative artworks on display. Commercial, political and cinematographic posters, book covers, illustrations and hand guides, paired with sketches and documents, explore Renau’s story in vivid detail. The exhibition is organised as part of World Design Capital: Valencia 2022.
The bold visual identity for the exhibition was designed by Ibán Ramón Rodríguez.
The exhibition, held at the Sala de Respeto del Palacio de los Scala de València, centres upon 70 graphic posters designed and illustrated by Renau. Photo: Ibán Ramón Rodríguez.
Type Tuesday: Book night!
28 June 2022, 7.00-9.30pm
Location: St Bride Foundation in London
The upcoming Type Tuesday will welcome some special guests from the world of books and book design. Held, as always, at the St Bride Foundation in London, the evening will be filled with talks, burning design related questions, lively discussions and an opportunity to stock up on current and back issues of Eye. More details to follow soon …
13-23 June 2022
Location: Cooper Union in New York and online
In its eight edition is the annual design festival on contemporary typography – Typographics 2022. Following last year’s digital edition, this year brings an array of talks, workshops and tours at Cooper Union in New York City and online. The core conference takes place from Friday 17 to Saturday 18 June 2022.
International speakers include Donna Payne of Faber & Faber, Pentagram’s Abbott Miller (see Eye 45), designer and researcher Mindy Seu (see Eye blog), as well as Lorraine Wild (see Eye 36), Matteo Bologna, Somnath Bhatt and Shivani Parasnis.
You can read all about last year’s Typographics in our extensive ‘Global type tour’ (Eye 102).
Typographics 2022 features BRZO, a 3-style display typeface from NuForm Type.
Birmingham Design Festival
9-11 June 2022
Location: Various venues in Birmigham, UK
Inn celebration of the local, national, and international design industry, Birmingham Design Festival returns with a theme of ‘freedom’. On the agenda are talks, workshops, exhibitions, screenings, and tours, with a curated line-up of speakers including Morag Myerscough (see Eye 79), Richard Turley (see Eye 100), Dines (see Eye 100), Jim Sutherland (see Eye 101), Sarah Boris (see Eye 101) and Eye art editor Pit founder Holly Catford.
The Creative City exhibition – at Birmingham’s Bullring – showcases posters from 100 local artists, designers and illustrators from the 2021 edition of the festival.
Momentum of Light
to 11 June 2022
Location: Architectural Association, Heal's Building in London
There are just a few more days to see the Architectural Association’s photographic exhibition ‘Momentum of Light’, a collaboration between Dutch photographer Iwan Baan and Burkinabè architect Francis Kéré. The show illuminates the reciprocal relationships of sub-Saharan dwellings and people with sunlight as well as complex environmental conditions and social contexts. A short review of the Momentum of Light photobook is in the upcoming Eye 103.
‘Momentum of Light’, an exhibition by Iwan Baan and Francis Kéré hosted by London’s Architectural Association. Photograph © Sue Barr.
Aerial view of a Tiébélé compound cluster. © Iwan Baan.
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