Wednesday, 12:00pm
27 February 2013

Noted #50

Bastard chairs and other Works that Work; geometric rugs at the Design Museum; Strike!, posters, a standards manual & the first live Type Tuesday at St Bride in London

Last week we spoke to graphic artist Clayton Junior about his fair trade rug, launching as part of the NODE collection at the Design Museum on 5 March 2013.

Clayton handed us a limited edition printed postcard (below) made at the new London Centre for Book Arts, whose forthcoming Letterpress Night is on Tuesday 4 March 2013.

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Other upcoming workshops include bookbinding, papermaking and an introduction to foil blocking.


Several new magazines landed in Eye’s London office, including Strike!, an independent (ad-free) quarterly newspaper about politics, philosophy, art, subversion and sedition.

Visuelle, a Fedrigoni-sponsored publication, is a snapshot of the reference website launched in 2007 and features design by Apfel, SEA and James Joyce, among others – a kind of printed Tumblr.

Spread from Peter Bil’ak’s Works that Work.


The more substantial Works that Work (officially launching on 8 March 2013 at London’s Bokship), is an international magazine about overlooked areas of design and ‘unexpected creativity’, edited by designer Peter Biľak (Typotheque, Dot Dot Dot), which includes engaging articles about tranlator Linda Asher (above), Schipol’s famous urinal fly illustration and a feature about ‘bastard chairs’ (both below).

Peter Bil’ak’s Works that Work.



Poster Art 150 – London Underground’s Greatest Designs’ opened earlier this month at the London Transport Museum and runs until October.

Also celebrating poster design this week is the one-day V&A museum conference ‘Posters: Creation, Collection and Context’, 1 March 2013.


Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth have created a digital archive of Massimo Vignelli’s first-edition design of the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual (below), from 1970.

New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual designed by Massimo Vignelli, 1970.


Look out for Max Gadney’s review of Vignelli Transit Maps (by Peter B. Lloyd with Mark Ovenden) in Eye 85, out soon. (See also Reputations in Eye 83.)

Londoners – please note that Mark Porter is giving a talk at the first of Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday evenings at St Bride Library on 12 March, 7-9.30pm: ‘The magazine now arriving at platform 15’. Prices: £10 / £8 / £6.
Booking is now open on Eventbrite and tickets are going fast.

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Next event: Tuesday 4 June 2013.

Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and back issues. You can see what Eye 84 looks like at Eye before You Buy on Vimeo.