3 October 2022
Graphic design live #6
David King in London; Weltformat in Switzerland; Jeremy Deller in Barnsley; spy fever in New York; and experimental type online
Here is a selection of current and upcoming events that piqued the interest of our editorial team. Read the Eye Events page to stay up to date with exhibitions, conferences, talks and workshops.
David King: The World Must Change
to 22 October 2022
From the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, the British graphic designer David King’s protest posters gave left-wing causes a powerfully persuasive new identity. His extra-bold designs for the Anti-Nazi League, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, the National Union of Journalists, and other organisations presented their messages with a graphic force and conviction that no-one could ignore. King (See ‘Reputations: David King’ in Eye 48) was a master of hard-hitting typography with an equally assured command of the photographic image.
Curated by Rick Poynor (see ‘Exposing the menace’ in Eye 95) and designed by Simon Esterson, the exhibition will display key posters from King’s body of work, as well as his unmissable covers for City Limits, a radical weekly London listings magazine, which work like mini-posters.
Curated by Rick Poynor and designed by Simon Esterson, David King: The World Must Change exhibition is open until 22 October at the Standpoint Gallery in London.
David King, Demonstrate!, poster for the Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1978.
Weltformat Graphic Design Festival
8-16 October 2022
Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
In its fourteenth edition, the Weltformat Graphic Design Festival will focus on kinetic design, exploring how graphic design constantly adapts with the perpetual technological and social changes. Under the theme ‘Always in motion’ a series of events will take place across different spaces in Lucerne, starting with a day-long symposium (taking place online and in-person) to launch the festivities. The programme also features six exhibitions, focusing on opening/ending film titles, animated typography, best of international book and poster design, as well as an exhibition of ‘Newcomer Award’ winners, where projects from designers under-30 will be celebrated.
The Weltformat 2022 festival poster combines seven moving posters from Everyday Practice, Gianluca Alla, Laia Ferran (Hey Studio), Ira Ivanova (Studio Yukiko), Lucas Hesse, Felix Pfäffli (Studio Feixen) and Roy Terhorst (Thonik).
Titles in Motion exhibition will focus on start and end credits in films. Pictured here is an excerpt from titles for Barbarella designed by Maurice Binder.
InScript Experimental Type Festival
12-16 October 2022
InScript is a five-day digital festival celebrating the intersection of typography and technology. In a series of talk and presentations, various topics will be discussed, covering artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual realities, dimensional typography, creative coding, physical computing, and innovative use of traditional craft. More than thirty international speakers will delve into their portfolios, including Kelli Anderson, OKOK Services, Talia Cotton, Sanchit Sawaria, Tatil Design (see ‘A sharp eye for Brazilian design’ in Eye 90), Underware, Yehwan Song, Kiel Mutschelknaus (see ‘Space Type Generator’ in Eye 100) and Wolff Olins (see ‘Online rhetoric’ in Eye 90). The talks will be streamed live and for those who can’t make it, the recordings will be available for six months after.
inScript is a festival revealing in all things at the overlap of experimental tech and typography.
During the First and Second World Wars, espionage became an international threat as covert activities that could disturb the peace efforts were feared by the governments. Poster House in New York puts on a small exhibition to examine the visuals produced by the Allied countries during that time. The ‘spy fever’ is explored through a series of propaganda posters, warning the citizens to stay vigilant and take care with what they share and with whom.
Howard Scott, Closed for the duration, 1942, poster, colour lithography.
Jeremy Deller: Warning graphic content
21 October 2022 — 5 March 2023
Location: Barnsley, UK
Jeremy Deller is most known for his bold, graphic art and typographic posters, that often comment on the contemporary context through socio-political lens. Warning Graphic Content is a visual testament to the power that print holds, the urgency with which it can be produced, and the influence of Deller’s work over the last three decades. It serves as a retrospective and chronological account of Deller’s thinking and a manifestation of his ongoing interests in advocacy. This is the second time this exhibition will take place, having been previously exhibited in The Modern Institute in Glasgow in 2021, with graphic design from Fraser Muggeridge Studio (see ‘The improviser’ in Eye 100).
Warning Graphic Content will be on view until 5 March 2023 in the gallery of Barnsley civic centre.
Installation view of Warning Graphic Content, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, 2021.
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