Issue 91


Editorial Eye 91
John L. Walters
Every city resonates to the rhythms of the graphic marks made on its surfaces, from…
From trade to poetry
Rick Poynor
Barcelona’s new Museu del Disseny shows how design can claim a space for itself. Critique by Rick Poynor


London Letters
John L. Walters, Eye editors
Philip Sayer photographs lettering on the streets of London in this alphabetical compendium
Colouring in the city
John L. Walters
Camille Walala’s exuberant, colourful designs for the Splice Post building bring warmth and vitality to London’s Old Street
Wit, bad taste and loud type
Sarah Snaith
The photos of legendary graphic designer Robert Brownjohn show an outsider’s view of 1960s London
The case of Romek Marber
John L. Walters
The Polish-born graphic designer behind Penguin’s ‘Marber grid’ helped to define British postwar graphic design with work of great power and originality. His work can be seen in a touring exhibition, now in Krakow. Interview by John L. Walters. Portrait by Philip Sayer
Stamped in the memory
Andrew Robertson
The Gentle Author’s book about East London print and envelope specialists the Baddeley Brothers demonstrates the very crafts it celebrates
Face in the crowd
Andrew Robertson
Amid the rush of modern gadgetry, Kuchar Swara’s Sekford watches stand out because they are, paradoxically, timeless
Killing joke at the expense of history
John-Patrick Hartnett
Swissted’s typographic homages turn Modernist design history into hollow commodities for a new ‘blank generation’