5 July 2022
Graphic design live #3
Breaking the News in London; typewriters in Edinburgh; typographic protests in San Francisco; 23rd International Exhibition in Milan; Graphic Trial in Tokyo; Type Paris.
This month’s event highlights include listings from Edinburgh, Tokyo, Paris, San Francisco, London and Milan. Read the Eye Events page to stay up to date with exhibitions, conferences, talks and workshops.
Breaking the news
to 21 August 2022
The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
An exhibition at The British Library spans 500 years of news coverage in the UK, focusing on issues of interpretation, truth, objectivity and public trust in the media. ‘Breaking the News’ aims to question how media is consumed in the 21st century, raising issues of propaganda, sensationalism and information suppression from the Great Fire of London and Jack the Ripper to the Grenfell Tower and #BlackLivesMatter. On display are various newspapers, pamphlets, as well as radio broadcasts and videos grouped in topical themes including crime, power, conflict, celebration and ‘verification’.
Designed by Northover&Brown, the exhibition is divided into various thematic areas, such as ‘verification’.
The exhibition features various modes of disseminating news, from printed matter to videos, digital formats and social media.
The typewriter revolution
to 11 September 2022
Exhibition Gallery 2, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF, Edinburgh
If you find yourself in Edinburgh in the coming weeks, we recommend you visit the National Museum of Scotland, which is hosting a gem of an exhibition about the revolution the typewriter has sparked, especially in the lives of women. The exhibition explores key technological developments in the design of the typewriter that led to the QWERTY keyboard used today, as well as the historical and social context around each machine. There are also examples of type specimens, videos of machines in use and archival materials from work offices, typist schools and manufacturers. The chronological journey ends with contemporary uses of the typewriter, such as concrete poetry prints and drawings.
There are various typewriter models on display, including this Blickensderfer No. 5 typewriter, manufactured in Stamford, Connecticut, 1898-1909.
Archival imagery tells stories surrounding the typewriters, here showing a giant working model of the Underwood No 5 commissioned by the company in 1912.
Strikethrough! Typographic messages of protest
from 23 July 2022
Letterform Archive, 2325 3rd St Floor 4R, San Francisco, CA 94107, United States
Letterform Archive will be launching their second exhibition celebrating design that empowers communities and fights oppression. Curated by Silas Munro (see ‘As, not for: The critique goes on’ by Munro in Eye 100) ‘Strikethrough! Typographic messages of protest’ will tell stories of resistance through five themed sections: VOTE!, RESIST!, LOVE!, TEACH!, and STRIKE!, more than 100 objects on display, including posters, pamphlets, broadsheets, signs, t-shirts, buttons and ephemera from 1800s until now. The goal of the exhibition is to showcase the visual history of protests as well as the ‘typographic anger and agency as it is seen in the streets, on the printed page, and even on the bodies of demonstrators.’
The exhibition is complemented with a hardcover catalogue, charting typographic resistance across more than a century of protest graphics.
Atelier Populaire, Yes to the Revolution! (Oui à la révolution!), 1968, screen print on newsprint, Paris.
Unknown unknowns: an introduction to mysteries
from 15 July 2022
Triennale Milano, Viale Alemagna, 6, 20121 Milan, Italy
Curated by Ersilia Vaudo (astrophysicist and chief diversity officer of the European Space Agency) ‘Unknown unknowns’ is the 23rd edition of the Triennale Milano International Exhibition held from 15 July until 11 December. More than 100 projects and installations by artists, architects, researchers and designers will explore the complexities and mysteries of what is still ‘unknown’: from the evolution of the cities to the oceans, from genetics to astrophysics. One of such projects is Yuri Suzuki’s global soundscape titled ‘Sound of the Earth: Chapter 3’, which uses machine learning to connect varied sounds from across the world physically and digitally.
The visual identity featuring custom lettering and cosmic imagery was designed by 2×4 studio.
Physical embodiment of Yuri Suzuki's ‘Sound of the Earth: Chapter 3’ commission for the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition.
Graphic Trial 2022
to 24 July 2022
Printing Museum, Tokyo, Toppan Koishikawa Head Office Building 1-3-3 Suido, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8531, Japan
Those who find themselves in Tokyo in the next couple of weeks can visit the Printing Museum, which hosts the 16th annual ‘Graphic Trial’ exhibition, where projects exploring intersection of graphic design and offset printing are on show. The five contributors: Iyama Koji, Goo Choki Par, Kodama Aya, Tanaka Ryoji and Masunaga Yuko, explored the theme of ‘change’ through experimental printing methods and diverse technologies, resulting in a series of posters. The exhibition focuses heavily on the design process, displaying examples of trial and error in various iterative stages of each project – a must-see for any print enthusiast.
Graphic Trial presents both the outcomes and the process behind each experimental project.
Contribution from Japanese designer Kodama Aya, exploring ink layering and condensation.
Type Paris 2022
to 13 July 2022
Type Paris 2022 is the sixth edition of an annual typographic programme organised by Typofonderie, which aims to provide a comprehensive space in which to learn how to design type. The 22 agenda includes series of intense workshops and classes, as well as free public programme of conversations on all things type which are livestreamed for international audience. The final talk will be held on 7 July, where guest critic Jean-François Porchez (see Eye 45) will speak to Pentagram partner Sascha Lobe, who works at the intersection of visual communications and architecture, as well as designer, teacher, typographer and writer Martin Majoor (see his article ‘Inclined to be dull’ in Eye 63).
Type Paris is an intensive typographic summer programme in the heart of the Bastille area in Paris.
The last talk of Type Paris 22 will feature Sascha Lobe and Martin Majoor in conversation with Jean-François Porchez.
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