Issue 74


the editor
Welcome to Eye’s Berlin special. We have always been fascinated by the once divided city, and…
All mouth and trousers?
Rick Poynor
Challenged to design a poster celebrating London, British designers show mostly how little they care for the form. Critique by Rick Poynor
Berlin Special, Steven Heller
After years of wrangling, the posters that the Nazis stole from Hans Sachs are to be returned to his heirs. But would they be better off in a Berlin museum?
the editor
Eye 74 contents page
Berlin Special, Florian Schmidt
Is the design profession at risk thanks to globalised hordes of Web-savvy amateurs?


The shape of the  century
James Pardey
How 1960s Op Art and cut-up culture informed the cover designs of Fontana Modern Masters in the 1970s.
Reputations: Karsten Schmidt
John L. Walters
‘If we don’t take responsibility as makers we sacrifice everything sooner or later. We have the power! The people who create things, who make things work, we have the power. No politician has that.’
The show must  go on
Celia Stothard
Buy a pension or a huge collection of theatrical type? For Celia Stothard and Alan Kitching, the choice was clear.
Jan Middendorp
It’s a state of mind, a club scene, and one of the great political, cultural and historical events of the past twenty years. Of the century. And it is full of designers – with plenty to say. For this special issue, Eye visits Berlin to explore the graphic output of this sprawling, labyrinthine and endlessly fascinating city
Six degrees of Erik Spiekermann
Depth of field
Jessica Jenkins
chezweitz & roseapple are the new scenographers, who persuade museum curators to take the integrated approach.
Before and after East met West
Much of a city’s history is written in its street signs. Berlin-born Verena Gerlach has turned their shapes and stories into typefaces
On message
John L. Walters
Content is king at Nicolas Bourquin’s Onlab, but its editorial focus incorporates visual delight and conceptual ingenuity.