Issue 80


Dark Magus
Rick Poynor
Designer John Coulthart’s daily blog on the fantastical is erudite, prescient and admirably mind-expanding. Critique by Rick Poynor
Monitor, Rob Waller
Information design, architecture and making buildings readable
Editorial, John L. Walters
Eye 80 – celebrating two decades of graphic design and change


Reputations: Robin Kinross
Rick Poynor
‘It’s to do with meaning, which forces its way up like a root growing under a pavement – it breaks the paving stones. Many people would like these neat stones in a nice grid, but unfortunately there is this tree with all its pressures and necessities and you have to follow it.’
Taking care of business
Simon Esterson
The pages of Bloomberg Businessweek explode with infographics, illustration and design experiment. Interview with creative director Richard Turley
Keepers of the flame
Steven Heller
US picture magazines of the late 1960s and 70s are still a vital source of inspiration
Credits where due
Anne-Marie Conway
Momoco’s TV and film titles mix animation and typography to distinctive (and award-winning) effect
Out of hand
David Crowley
Handwriting is a touchstone in the history of graphic design, where lettering meets the messy reality of the human body
Different strokes
Jonathan Parker
Sensitive details and technological ingenuity make Alejandro Paul’s script typeface designs both highly regarded and hugely popular
Tools of the trade
David Barringer
David Barringer on the one sure thing he has grasped in two decades of graphic design life
Johnny Hardstaff
As previously opposing worlds collide, Johnny Hardstaff envisages new designer-client relationships
Jim Northover
Design and business make a volatile mix, says Jim Northover, but it is one we cannot afford to dismiss
Jack Schulze, Timo Arnall
Jack Schulze and Timo Arnall see more and more designers making it all up as they go along
Ordinary values
Alice Twemlow
Design discourse is slowly learning to appreciate the essence of the everyday, writes Alice Twemlow
Lost in flatlands
Gerry Leonidas
Will the next generation of page layout programs give us back our sense of space?
Sue Steward
Sue Steward considers the speed, the globalisation and the democratisation of digital photography
Tangible digital (intro)
Tom Hartshorn
How can we make the virtual more physical while bringing emotion into the digital domain?
Tangible digital (case studies)
John Ridpath
How can we make the virtual more physical while bringing emotion into the digital domain?
10,000 one offs
John L. Walters
Field’s 10,000 ‘illustrations’ for SEA’s GF Smith paper swatch give a new dimension to variable data printing
A certain smile
John L. Walters
Sara De Bondt is a shaker and mover, who leads a studio with a decisively contemporary approach to identity design
Beyond words
Noel Douglas
Peter Kennard’s angry, wordless montages show a political nightmare in the hope that we wake up and deal with it