Issue 86


John L. Walters
This type special contains several examples of letters that lie some way off the usual…
Incisive vision
Rick Poynor
Eduardo Paolozzi’s gifts as a collagist have been neglected by the worlds of both art and design. Critique by Rick Poynor


Reputations: Tony Brook
John L. Walters
‘What other profession do you end up in where you learn so much about other people’s businesses than in graphic design? It’s remarkable. Clients will tell you everything. It’s like being a therapist. That’s really exciting. You never know what’s going to happen from one week to the next.’
Tony Brook on collecting
Tony Brook
Spin’s founder, the subject of Reputations in Eye 86, talks about his passion for poster collecting
Quiet man of  letters
Catherine Dixon
Alan Bartram brought a perceptive eye to alphabetic detail in public spaces. Catherine Dixon pays tribute to the co-author of An Atlas of Typeforms
An Atlas of Typeforms
Simon Esterson
As a sidebar to ‘Quiet man of letters’, Simon Esterson talks about his early encounters with this celebrated book by Alan Bartram and James Sutton
A tradition with breaks
Eric Kindel
Stencil typefaces – late arrivals on the typographic scene – are going in new directions and rediscovering their history.
Painted thrills and spills
Caroline Roberts
Fred Fowle was the UK’s foremost fairground artist. His go-faster graphics and futuristic lettering live on – in museums and working steam fairs
Type specific
Eye editors
TDC hails the wider world of empathetic wine labels, typographic IDs and retro stationery
Vapour trails
John Coulthart
Steampunk’s florid industrial nostalgia might yet be the defining aesthetic of our time
Rub-down revolution
Jane Lamacraft
A generation before home computers, Letraset’s dry transfer lettering made desktop typography possible – and gave a small group of type designers new insights into letterform construction through the art of stencil-cutting
The accessible elite
Linda Kwon
Linda Kwon reports on a design conference that aims to fight the ‘velvet rope syndrome’