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Anatomy of a magazine

Issue 96, Spring 2018

Feature

Each magazine is unique. Happily, magazines are all alike, too. Here we analyse some of the elements that most mags have in common … the things that make them essentially ‘magazine-like’

London Letters

Issue 91, Spring 2016

Feature

Philip Sayer photographs lettering on the streets of London in this alphabetical compendium

Out of the shallows

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Review

This photograph of a deliriously colourful 1969 swimming pool designed by Verner Panton for the…

Type specific

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Feature

TDC hails the wider world of empathetic wine labels, typographic IDs and retro stationery

Virtual city: sidebar 3

Issue 34, Winter 1999

Feature

Global language

A Monotype timeline

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Feature

A selected, chronological list of notable events in the long, complex history of Monotype

Deep in the Monotype archive

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Feature

A wide selection of Monotype’s drawings, artworks, publications and vintage photographs spread across a 40-page feature.

Machine and man

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Feature

Art, science and hot metal casting. Photo essay by Phil Sayer

Oil and water

Issue 5, Winter 1991

Feature

Two Dutch books take the form of elegant visual essays on liquid themes.

A nose for type

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

A new publisher of ‘visual writing’ launches with this typographic reboot of an eighteenth-century classic.

Adventures in motion pictures. Neil McIntosh

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

‘You can’t scan-read a five-minute film.’ Interview with Neil McIntosh, editor of Wall Street Journal Online Europe

A Humument

Issue 18, Autumn 1995

Feature

Tom Phillips’s treated novel is a key text in the short history of deconstruction and experimental print.

Kex

Issue 21, Summer 1996

Feature

Eduardo Paolozzi’s collage ‘novel’ Kex, made in 1966, has renewed resonance in the 1990s

Daily Mirror

Issue 14, Autumn 1994

Feature

In the hands of Dieter Rot, the British newspaper was transformed into a striking artist’s book

Just Add Stock

Issue 73, Autumn 2009

Feature

The first Eye awards for the creative use of library images.

Urgent images

Issue 15, Winter 1994

Review

Is there a more unstable and ephemeral medium for creative communication than thermal fax paper…

Lift and Separate

Issue 9, Summer 1993

Review

Before she left her position as curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center, New York…

Letterwork

Issue 9, Summer 1993

Review

Latest addition to the swelling library of typography titles is Letterwork: Creative Letterforms in Graphic…

Russian Avant-Garde Books

Issue 9, Summer 1993

Review

For anyone interested in the history of the book, Russian Avant-Garde Books 1917-34 by Susan…

Godard: Images, Sounds, Politics.

Issue 9, Summer 1993

Feature

For the first in a new series, Eye revisits Richard Hollis’s innovatory design for a book on the French film-maker

David Stone Martin

Issue 4, Summer 1991

Review

Jazz Graphics by Manek Daver (Graphic-Sha, £27.50) is an encyclopaedic compendium of album covers designed…

Recent blog posts about Eye editors

Books received no. 48

23 March 2022
Book design, Design education, Typography

Manuale di Calligrafia; Sign Painting: a practical guide to tools, materials, and techniques; and The Showcards Book

Here are few books on calligraphy and sign painting that caught our attention …

Graphic design live #1

26 October 2021
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Beautiful Swiss Books; Martens in Shanghai; MagCulture Live on Thursday 4 November; Typoteka; Chaumont
Here is a selection of current and upcoming events that piqued the interest of our…

Books received #47

22 September 2021
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Visual culture

The IBM Poster Program; This is What Democracy Looked Like; Flag Waves
Here is a selection of titles that caught our attention in recent weeks. Though many…

Books received #45

16 July 2021
Book design, Graphic design, Posters, Visual culture

Bill Brandt and Henry Moore; Closed on Mondays by Dinah Casson; Drama by Vanja Cuculić
Here are a few books about visual culture that have been languishing in a dark…

Books received #44

29 March 2021
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Visual culture

Africa State of Mind; The Paper by Christoph Niemann; Modern Heraldry; and Abbatt Toys, Modern Toys for Modern Children.
Time to shine a light on some fascinating books about design and visual culture that…

What now? What next?

6 March 2021
Book design, Brand madness, Design education, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Posters, Type Tuesday, Typography

Come to Eye’s Type Tuesday on 9 March, with Dines (Studio Blup), Malika Favre, Dafi Kühne and magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie
Next week is the first Type Tuesday of 2021, ‘What now? What next?’. We look…

Type Tuesday: Happy Birthday St Bride!

26 November 2020
Design education, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography

Some of our favourite speakers return to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St Bride Printing Library on 1 December 2020
Eye magazine started organising Type Tuesdays as a regular St Bride Library event back in…

David King: Ranged Left!

1 September 2020
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Posters, Type Tuesday

Eye’s next Type Tuesday, ‘David King: Ranged Left!’ will celebrate the life and work of David King (1943-2016)
Please join us for the next Type Tuesday at 6pm (British Summer Time) on…

Type Tuesday: I ❤️ MG

9 July 2020
Design education, Design history, Illustration, Magazines, Type Tuesday

Join us via Zoom for Eye’s Type Tuesday special on 14 July 2020 to hear Steven Heller and a panel of guests pay tribute to Milton Glaser
Milton Glaser, who died last month on 26 June, his 91st birthday, is such an…

Noted #97

7 April 2020
Graphic design, Illustration, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Kitching’s letterpress lockdown, Gorilla returns, dogs in cars, quarantine fonts, colouring in and a pastel poster tribute to immigrants
Here is a selection of things that have caught our attention in recent (quarantined) weeks…

Books received #43

12 March 2020
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture

Gothic comics for girls; soundsystem culture; The Power and Influence of Illustration by Alan Male; and Liz McQuiston’s Protest!
Here is a selection of titles that caught our attention in recent months. Gothic for…

Type Tuesday: Show and tell

27 February 2020
Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

Join us at St Bride Library for Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday event on 3 March 2020, to hear Marina Willer, Anthony Pearson and Dinah Casson talk about exhibition design
Eye magazine’s next Type Tuesday on 3 March 2020 will focus on exhibition design. STOP…

Noted #96

19 February 2020
Graphic design, Illustration, Typography, Visual culture

Tom Gauld commission for St Bart’s Hospital, Elda Broglio’s ‘Amor de Verano’, Yuri Suzuki’s The Welcome Chorus, the On Design podcast and a typeface for the Shoah Memorial wall in Paris
Here is a selection of things – a typographic memorial wall, a selection of Type…

Books received #42

7 February 2020
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture

Helfand’s visual odyssey, edible art, typo-poetry from Bernstein and Lehrer, Piper in Brighton and Black Lives 1900
Here is a selection of titles that caught our attention in recent months. Jessica Helfand’s…

Books received #41

9 January 2020
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture

Giovanni Anceschi, Shopfronts of London, Polish Design ABCs and a Swiss design manual by Müller-Brockmann
Here is a selection of four titles that caught our attention in recent months. Published…

(Typographic) Noted #95

12 November 2019
Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography, Visual culture

Soy Yo campaign; Fontsmith microsite; the Malee Scholarship; new Swiss typefaces based on work by Jost Hochuli and Roland Stieger
Here is a selection of type-related things – a typographic mural, variable font website, a…

magCulture curates Eye

21 October 2019
Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, New media, Typography, Visual culture

In anticipation of magCulture live on Thu 7 Nov 2019, founder Jeremy Leslie has selected five articles from Eye’s huge archive
Eye is Media Partner for magCulture Live, and to anticipate the conference (formerly known as…

Books received #40 (education)

27 August 2019
Book design, Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Visual culture

Teaching Graphic Design History; Unfrozen – a Design Research Reader; The Graphic Design Reader; Writing for the Design Mind
Here is a collection of educationally oriented titles that have caught our attention in recent…

(Typographic) Noted #94

19 August 2019
Book design, Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

Toulouse Letters; Brick Index; Jeremy Tankard’s Brucker; Morgue File 1 & 2; Reinventing Print: Technology and Craft in Typography
Here is a selection of type-related things – a new typeface and several typographic books…

Type Tuesday: Neon! Names in lights

13 August 2019
Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography, Visual culture

Join us at St Bride Library for Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday event on 3 September 2019, with a focus on the past, present and future of neon signs
Eye magazine’s next Type Tuesday on 3 September 2019 will focus on neon signs. ‘Neon…

Books received #39

10 July 2019
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Visual culture

100 Whites; Death Wins a Goldfish; Artful Design; Scrawl: An A-Z of Famous Doodles; Unidentified Paper Object No. 3
Here is a selection of titles that caught our attention in recent weeks. Published by…

(Dance) Noted #93

19 June 2019
Graphic design, Illustration, New media, Technology, Typography, Visual culture

2wice Arts Foundation; Tanec Praha; identity for Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; flamenco magazine El Canon; illustrated campaign for Texas Ballet Theater
Here is a selection of dance-related things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Two…

(Typographic) Noted #92

11 June 2019
Book design, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography

WNBA rebrand; Caseroom’s Gun Dog; Swiss / Bolivian foundry Altiplano; Bantjes reloaded; Klim’s Sincerity / Irony
Here is a selection of type-related things – a rebrand, a new foundry and a…

Books received #38

4 June 2019
Book design, Graphic design, Photography, Visual culture

Party! Party! Party! Photographs from Weimar Germany; Graphic Design Play Book; No, No, No, No, Yes; Britain Can Make It; Design at Stanford
Here is a selection of titles that caught our attention in recent weeks. Party! Party!…

Type now: Eye 98 live

28 May 2019
Design history, Graphic design, Music design, New media, Type Tuesday, Typography

Join us at St Bride Library for Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday on 4 June, with Hansje van Halem, Mark Thomson, Ferdinand Ulrich and more …
The next Type Tuesday on 4 June 2019 is a live version of our latest…

More mags in Manhattan

22 May 2019
Food design, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Visual culture

The second Modern Magazine conference in New York City, boasting a glittering line-up of indie and mainstream talent, is just days away
The second annual one-day ModMagNYC will take place on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at Parsons…

Pleasure in the poster

7 May 2019
Graphic design, New media, Posters, Technology, Typography

Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil have made a series of one-off variable data posters based on the seed files used for their famous Eye 94 cover
Back in 2017, designers Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil collaborated with Eye magazine on an…

Eye 98 out now

26 April 2019
Book design, Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Music design, Photography, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

The latest issue of Eye is a type special
The latest issue of Eye has been printed and it’s on its way to subscribers…

Books received #37

17 April 2019
Graphic design, Illustration

Angie Lewin’s pebbles; Mark Andresen’s dogs; Lukas Novotny’s Modern London; R. Crumb’s dreams; the scrapbooks of Eric Ravilious
Here is a selection of illustration-related titles that caught our attention in recent weeks. Spreads…

Noted #91

20 March 2019
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Typography, Visual culture

Situated Between (Treacy & Ozkal), Crayonograph, Le Gun no. 6, a journal from The Pre-Vinylite Society … and a typeset rectangular doily
Here are a few miscellaneous graphic artefacts that caught our attention in recent weeks. Situated…

Gentle reminder

22 February 2019
Book design, Illustration, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

Three books – all crowd-funded – from Spitalfields Life, offer complementary, clear-eyed observations of the history of London’s East End
The anonymous ‘Gentle Author’, best known for his popular daily blog Spitalfields Life, has built…

Books received #36

5 February 2019
Graphic design, Illustration, Information design

James Victore’s Feck Perfuction; Observe, Collect, Draw!; Brand By Hand; How To Do Great Work Without Being an Asshole
Here is a collection of self-help and ‘memoir-adjacent’ titles – all written by designers –…

(Typographic) Noted #89

18 January 2019
Graphic design, Typography

Raymond, Fixture, Typeset in the Future, Heldane and Letterform Archive
Here is a selection of type-related things – type specimens, new releases, a type book…

Eye on Campus

10 January 2019
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Photography, Visual culture

The University of Lincoln’s bulk subscription to Eye provides students with opportunities to relish the tactility of print – with a selfie to prove it
Several years ago, Barrie Tullett, graphic design programme leader at University of Lincoln, decided that…

Books received #35

2 January 2019
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Visual culture

Jonny Hannah’s Fast Cars and Ukeleles; Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour; Sébastian Morlighem’s Essaime; and The Eye
Here is a selection of books that caught our attention in the dog days of…

Type Tuesday: Max Gill, Adam Dant, City ID and maps

30 November 2018
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Typography, Visual culture

Come to Type Tuesday at St Bride for an unforgettable evening of art, illustration, lettering and typography for maps. Plus free glass of fizz
The next Type Tuesday is ‘Max Gill and maps’ at St Bride Library, and we…

AGI’s Mexican handover

27 September 2018
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

What next for AGI? Outgoing and incoming presidents Nikki Gonnissen and Dean Poole talk to Eye about their graphic design ‘club’
This week, the Alliance Graphique Internationale, aka AGI, has been meeting in Mexico City for…

Type Tuesday: Film night

24 August 2018
Design education, Graphic design, Magazines, Technology, Type Tuesday, Typography

Join us on 4 Sept 2018 for an evening of shorts about type, lettering, design and printing, inc. the premiere of our documentary about Eye 94
Our next Type Tuesday evening at St Bride Library will be a ‘Film night’, featuring…

Alex Booker in Dulwich

10 July 2018

On Friday 13 July 2018 artist / printmaker Alex Booker will talk about his work at Eye’s Bawden event at Dulwich Picture Gallery
This Friday you can see printmaker and artist Alex Booker talking at the Eye Event…

Noted #86

25 April 2018
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Typography, Visual culture

Feminist Saints, Stamp Garden, London Type Foundry, Her Stories and Podium
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. The Little Book…

Books received #32

29 March 2018
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

The Undiscovered Island, Christoph Niemann’s postcards, Water Salad on Monday and Daniel Buren: Underground
Here is a selection of books that caught our attention in recent weeks and months…

Noted #84

18 October 2017
Graphic design, Illustration, Typography, Visual culture

Tom Gauld’s literary bake-off, typography with balls, hot-metal Double Dagger 2, the smell of London and The Simoncini Method
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Baking With Kafka…

Books received #29

9 October 2017
Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

Black Medicine Book, Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work, Fear, Colour and Hackney Studios
Here is a selection of books that caught our attention in recent weeks and months…

Noted #83

20 September 2017
Graphic design, Illustration, New media, Typography, Visual culture

Sea Prayer, Poster House, Pit, Straight No Chaser and National 2
Here are a few things – VR journalism, Poster House, new issues of Pit and…

Books received #27 (type books)

26 June 2017
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Typography

Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s, Word Disco, Type is Beautiful, Type Tells Tales and Johnston & Gill: Very British Types
Here are a few typographically oriented books that caught our attention in recent months. Type…

(Typographic) Noted #82

7 June 2017
Design education, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography

Emigre specimens, Sunday Clarendon, Sinem Erkas, drawing type, from sketch to screen and Fontsmith’s TypeNotes
Here are a few type and lettering things – books, magazines, alphabets – that caught…

Books received #26

24 May 2017
Book design, Critical path, Illustration, Visual culture

Frieze, Developing Citizen Designers, Classic Penguin, 2Create and Our World to Change!
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks. Frieze: A to…

Noted #81

28 April 2017
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, New media, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

De Worde, Span, Cashcow Oblique, Bad Decisions and Oz magazine
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Jeremy Tankard’s most…

Books received #25

20 March 2017
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Typography

Toujours la même histoire, Make it Now!, Jochen Gerner, Sleeping Beauties and Peter Green
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks. Jean Segui and…

Noted #80

3 March 2017
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines

Le Petit Néant, Pencil & Help, Tom Gauld’s Mooncop, The Fred and Knife
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. The third issue…

Draw the Truth

2 February 2017
Design history, Illustration, Magazines, Visual culture

At Chelsea College, London – an evening about reportage illustration on Wed 22 February 2017.
This informal event features illustrators Lucinda Rogers and Olivier Kugler talking about their work, plus…

Noted #79

6 January 2017
Book design, Illustration, Magazines, New media, Photography, Reviews

Graffiti removal, Circular #19, The Phonografik Collectivo, Optimology° and Fermata
Here are a few things – graffiti removal, a Phoenician alphabet project, a media wall…

Books received #24

7 December 2016
Book design, Graphic design, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

Eggers in the sky, Callahan’s streets, Tim Burton, rubber-stamped Chilean horror and a Brit in Japan
Here are a few photobooks that have recently caught our attention … each reviewed in…

Type on the campaign trail

30 October 2016
Graphic design, Illustration, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

US designers contribute type, posters, badges and branding to the Hillary Clinton cause
From the outset, the Hillary Clinton campaign has enlisted the help of some of the…

Noted #78

18 October 2016
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Posters, Type Tuesday, Typography

TypoCircle exhibition, Arjowiggins paper sample, Double Dagger, D&AD Manual 2016 and SEA 20
Here are a few things – an exhibition, paper sample, letterpress journal, manual and book…

Books received #23

10 October 2016
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Photography, Posters, Reviews

When War is Over, Drawn in Stereo, George McGovern & The Democratic Insurgents, The Big Adventure of a Little Line and Money
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks … each reviewed…

Coffee in NZ – an unfiltered scrapbook

22 September 2016
Graphic design, Photography, Reviews, Visual culture

Many great projects would never exist without one person’s unreasonable obsession. Did any publisher ever…

Books received #22 (EDA special)

15 September 2016
Awards madness, Book design, Graphic design, Typography

Oldřich Hlavsa, Fairy Tales, FBA: O design gráfico como prática de clarificação, Carved Names and El Protectorado español en Marruecos
The 2016 European Design Awards drew submissions from all across Europe – Poland, Greece, Hungary…

Noted #77

7 September 2016
Book design, Brand madness, Magazines, Music design, Technology, Typography

Beer cans, Dutch Alphabets, the Global Synthesizer Project, An Anthology of Decorated Papers and Chanced Arm no. 2
Here are a few things – beer cans, books, a sound installation and a magazine…

Books received #21 (Type books)

16 August 2016
Book design, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography

Rian Hughes, Edward Johnston, Script Fonts, a lexicon of terms and the Triumph of Typography
Here are a few typographically themed books worth knowing about … each reviewed in no…

Broadsheet fiction

7 August 2016
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Typography

Sunday’s New York Times included a section devised by the magazine team, an ‘ink-and-paper’ product not available in digital form
The New York Times published Sunday 7 August 2016 contained a monochrome newsprint section entirely…

Noted #76

27 July 2016
Graphic design, Magazines, Typography, Visual culture

Pureprint Works #4, Francesco Griffo, Beatrice Warde Scholarship winner Ania Wieluńska, London bus destination boards and Ghostbusters!
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Pureprint, Eye’s printers…

Books received #20 (photobooks)

13 June 2016
Book design, Photography, Reviews, Visual culture

Wallace’s Road Wallah, Claridge’s East End, Graham’s The Whiteness of the Whale and Connew’s Body of Work
Here are a few photobooks that have recently caught our attention … each reviewed in…

Books received #19

29 May 2016
Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Visual culture

The Graphic Design Idea Book, Can You Feel It?, Where’s Warhol?, Martin Parr: Autoportrait and Playful Graphics
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks … each reviewed…

David King, 1943-2016

22 May 2016
Graphic design, Magazines, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

‘It was always my idea to get across complex or difficult subjects to a wider audience. That’s what visual people like us can do.’
British designer, author and archivist David King died on 11 May 2016. Here are a…

Noted #75

13 May 2016
Illustration, Magazines, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

I Like Birds in Trittau; Mucho’s Tenderloin; Cercle on Costumes and P98a Paper’s Zombies of Berlin
Here is a small selection of graphic design for galleries and museums and magazines that…

Noted #74

6 May 2016
Book design, Graphic design, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

Restoring the Royal Windsor, Anette Lenz’s calendar for Lézard Graphique and Rejane Dal Ballo’s UPO
Here are a few items that caught our attention in recent weeks. Some years ago…

Books received #18

11 April 2016
Book design, Graphic design, Photography, Visual culture

A Smile in the Mind, London A to Z, Jean Tinguely, Bad Bonn Song Book and Eating With The Eyes
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks … all reviewed…

Eye before you buy 91

29 March 2016
Design education, Graphic design, Magazines, Visual culture

Eye 91 is currently shipping to subscribers and bookshops worldwide. Here is a glimpse of its contents on a short Vimeo clip
The latest edition of Eye features articles about Camille Walala, the Baddeley Brothers book by…

Relocation to Albertopolis

19 March 2016
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Information design, New media

Save the date! On 24 November 2016 the new Design Museum opens at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington
Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic yesterday announced the date – Thursday 24 November 2016 –…

Type Tuesday: Archive night with Paul Barnes

2 March 2016
Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography

See you at St Bride Library at 7pm sharp. Nadine Chahine, David Pearson & James Mosley (among many others) at the first Type Tuesday of 2016
The next Type Tuesday event will be an Archive Night with MC Paul Barnes and…

Classic Collections – The Big Picture

1 March 2016
Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Typography, Visual culture

Another bundle of back issues – 34, 43, 49 & 56 – featuring design in the public realm
‘The Big Picture’ is the handy, if somewhat arbitrary name we have given to a…

Classic Collections – Back to the 90s

11 February 2016
Design history, Graphic design, New media, Technology, Typography, Visual culture

Surf back down the information superhighway to a time when the World Wide Web was thrillingly new – with Eye nos. 14, 16, 23 & 25
Most early editions of Eye magazine are out of print. However a handful from the…

Books received #17

26 January 2016
Brand madness, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Type Tuesday

Logo Modernism, DixonBaxi, Cries of London, deValence and No Words Posters
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks. Logo Modernism (Taschen…

More design for eating

7 January 2016
Design history, Food design, Illustration, Visual culture

Menu Design in America looks back at more than a century of visual and culinary history
There is something very satisfying about a menu. Whether it be the cutout of a…

Classic Collections – On and Off the Wall

31 December 2015
Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Visual culture

A bundle of poster-themed back issues – 38, 46, 51 & 69
Eye magazine has often covered the changing nature of poster design and its place in…

Classic Collections – Type and lettering

22 December 2015
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Typography

For a limited time, you can buy a bundle of Eye typography issues – at a bargain price
This ‘Type and lettering’ bundle contains issues 37, 45, 50 and 72: all have a…

Classic Collections – Storytelling

18 December 2015
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Photography, Typography

For a limited time, you can buy a bundle of themed Eye back issues – at a bargain price
Occasionally you meet someone whose business card says ‘storyteller’ – which might prompt some of…

(Seasonal) Noted #73

16 December 2015
Graphic design, Illustration, Typography, Visual culture

Redstone Press diary; Typodarium, Fedrigoni, Pierluigi Longo and Peter von Freyhold’s calendars; and cards from Dan Adams, Lara Harwood, Lizzie Lomax, Andy Martin and March design agency
Here are some assorted seasonal cards and calendars given by Eye’s friends and family. Julian…

Noted #72

11 December 2015
Food design, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

A New Type of Imprint, Hue, Sabor, Recens Paper and Works That Work
Here are a few publications that caught our attention in recent weeks. Norwegian magazine A…

Type Tuesday: Design and time

29 November 2015
Graphic design, Magazines, Technology, Type Tuesday, Typography, Visual culture

See you at St Bride Library at 7pm sharp. DixonBaxi and Kuchar Swara headline the final Type Tuesday of 2015
The final Type Tuesday event of the year has the subject of Design and time…

West End mags and East End zines

18 November 2015
Food design, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Photography, Visual culture

The BSME’s upcoming event ‘Indie Mag Madness’ is a chance to hear from some of the best people making and distributing indie magazines today
Next Monday the BSME (The British Society of Magazine Editors) will hold its first ever…

Noted #71

3 November 2015
Graphic design, Posters, Type Tuesday, Typography

TPTQ Arabic; Frank; FS Brabo by Fontsmith; Typomad 2015; New Perspectives in Typography; The Eric Gill Series
Typotheque’s Peter Biľak has announced the launch of TPTQ Arabic, a new type foundry dedicated…

Books received #16

26 October 2015
Book design, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

In Progress, Glyph*, Lago, Patternalia and Street Art Santiago
Here are a few books that have caught our attention in recent weeks. Jessica Hische’s…

Noted #70

14 October 2015
Illustration, New media, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Elsewhere; Yellow: One Illustrated Year; The Eighty-Eight; Auto Play at Graphic Design Festival Breda; and Fabriano notebooks
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Joji Koyama’s Elsewhere…

Noted #69

29 August 2015
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Typography, Visual culture

Anorak’s little sister Dot, We Made This, Varoom 30, FE2O3 Glyphs, Nous Vous, Indiecon 2015
Here are a few things – magazines, postcards, projects and events – that caught our…

Books received #15

9 August 2015
Graphic design, Information design, Photography, Visual culture

Data Design; Mucho’s Sonia Delaunay catalogue; Alvin Langdon Coburn; and Irma Boom explores the cosmos with Olafur Eliasson
Here are a few more books that caught our attention in recent weeks. A selection…

Glory days

1 August 2015
New media, Photography, Technology

Chris Dorley-Brown shows three ages of Colchester youth in 15 Seconds, the Wellcome Collection’s first significant digital art commission
Chris Dorley-Brown’s 15 Seconds: Part 3 is a powerful and entertaining digital artwork about time…

Free art, free dance, free form

20 July 2015
Graphic design, Music design, Photography, Posters, Visual culture

Artist Doug Aitken’s ‘Station to Station’ fills the Barbican with art, dance and design
‘Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening’, at the Barbican until 26 July, is a…

Noted #68

11 July 2015

Landscapes, beards and hats in Copenhagen; Tree of Codes; World Illustration Awards; New Horizons; Tom Gauld’s Endless Journey
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. 49 landscapes, 7…

The man who branded Sainsbury’s

18 June 2015
Design history, Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

Sheffield designer Leonard Beaumont created the UK supermarket’s first postwar identity
Sheffield-born Leonard Beaumont (1891-1986) was the graphic designer who gave Sainsbury’s supermarkets and products a…

Milan in Shoreditch

13 June 2015
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Typography

Celebrated at Eye’s 12 June event, ‘Made In Italy’ is a book and an (all-too-short) exhibition with work by Grignani, Iliprandi, Noorda and many more
Eye’s ‘Made In Italy’ event took place on 2015’s hottest day (so far) at a…

A glimpse of Italian graphics

5 June 2015
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Typography

‘Made In Italy’, a brief chance to see the work of midcentury Italian graphic design masters – Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June 2015
Next week there’s a brief chance for Londoners to see work by some postwar masters…

Noted #67

11 May 2015
Illustration, Magazines, Music design, Visual culture

Chineasy, The Happy Reader, Yellow, Brick and Puss Puss
Here are a few projects that have caught our attention in recent weeks. The three…

Books received #14

17 April 2015
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, New media, Photography, Reviews, Typography, Visual culture

An Atlas of Agendas, Communication Design, In Almost Every Picture, The Bright Labyrinth, Print is Dead. Long Live Print
Here is a quick look at some titles that have recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch…

Noted #66

24 March 2015

Gourmand Grotesque 777 & 888, 10x10, Type Team, PLINC and A Typographic Bestiary
Here are a few #TypeTuesday books, catalogues and specimens that caught our attention in recent…

Kemistry’s greatest hits

13 March 2015
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Kemistry Gallery’s brief pop-up exhibition at Protein Studios gives visitors a chance to sample its quirky approach to design and graphic art
Kemistry Gallery occupied a small space in Shoreditch for ten years, and in that time…

Books received #13

27 February 2015
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Reviews, Typography

Ligne B, Editorial Design, T: A Typology of T-Shirts, Greetings from Retro Design and The Type Taster
Here’s another round-up of some of the design-related titles piling up at Eye’s Shoreditch office…

Man on slackwire

24 February 2015
Design education, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Music design, Posters, Visual culture

Paul Davis wears many hats (plus wigs and masks) as both illustrator and artist in his exhibition at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo
The long-standing love affair between illustrator Paul Davis and the art directors and designers of…

Timeless: Massimo Vignelli

20 February 2015
Design history, Graphic design, Information design, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Fellow designers celebrate the life and work of Massimo Vignelli at an exhibition in San Sebastián
A new exhibition at the Okendo Cultural Centre in San Sebastián, Spain, celebrates the life…

Kitching on both sides of the Thames

10 February 2015
Graphic design, Magazines, Type Tuesday, Typography

Two London exhibitions show different aspects of Alan Kitching’s typographic design – personal projects and work for the Guardian.
By the end of this week there will be exhibitions of Alan Kitching’s work in…

Noted #65

31 December 2014
Graphic design, Information design, Magazines, Typography

Noble Rot and OOMK magazines, the Redstone Press diary and two calendars in glorious colour
Here are a few things that caught our attention as 2014 crossfades into 2015. Quarterly…

Books received #12

18 December 2014
Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

Cut & Paste: 21st Century Collage, Spitalfields Nippers, A Field Guide to East London Wildlife, Shoreditch Wildlife and Eduardo Paolozzi.
Here are a few books that provided a little relief from Eye’s seasonal hangovers in…

Noted #64

28 November 2014
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Photography, Type Tuesday

Off Life, Type Tuesday, Aglu photobooks, Amore E Piombo and Works That Work
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Issue no. 1…

Books received #11

7 November 2014
Graphic design, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

Paul Graham, Rian Hughes, Modern Toss, The Art of Noir and Nude’s take on underground graphics
Here are a few books that have caught our attention in recent weeks. Paul Graham’s…

Books received #10

1 October 2014
Book design, Brand madness, Food design, Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Reviews, Typography

Make Your Own Luck, Grafica Della Strada, classic Volkswagen ads, Kazimir Malevich, Ark and Ends Meet, Essays on Exchange
Here are a few books that have come into Eye’s Shoreditch office that caught our…

Noted #63

13 September 2014
Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, New media, Visual culture

Talking statues, Random Spectacular, design trivia, Hat Monkey and Mediteranneo
Here are a few things that recently caught our attention. ‘Talking Statues’ have been springing…

Type Tuesday: No end of print?

1 September 2014
Book design, Design education, Graphic design, Magazines, Photography, Technology, Type Tuesday, Typography

Eye’s panel of printers, designers, photographers and publishers will talk about the past, present and future of printing this Tuesday evening at St Bride
The Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London (2 September 2014) is entitled…

Munari in Milan

28 August 2014
Design history, Graphic design, Technology, Visual culture

‘Munari politecnico’, at the Museo del Novecento, champions some less familiar aspects of the Italian designer-artist’s body of work
Bruno Munari was the Richard Feynman of design, an innovator, a born teacher, a jack-of-all-trades…

Noted #62

7 August 2014
Graphic design, Photography, Posters, Technology

Hoogerbrugge, Comic Sans for Cancer, Leaving the Building, (Re)Brand USA and posters
Here are a few more things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Han Hoogerbrugge…

Books received #9

21 July 2014
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Reviews, Typography

The Typographic Universe, Strange Worlds, paper folding, Supernew Supergraphics and The Open Book Project
Here is a quick look at some titles that have recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch…

Noted #61

13 June 2014
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, New media, Visual culture

Off Life, the Guardian app, Ends Meet, degree show invites, Swiss books and OOMK magazine
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Off Life, now…

Type Tuesday: 3 June 2014

27 May 2014
Book design, Design history, Type Tuesday, Typography

‘The ins and outs of book design’ at St Bride will feature Gerald Cinamon, Jason Godfrey, David Pearson & Clare Skeats and Mark Thomson
Our next Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library, about ‘the ins and outs of…

Noted #60

16 May 2014
Awards madness, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Maya pictoglyphs, Comics Unmasked, The Believer film issue with John and Faith Hubley, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, Chermayeff & Geismar, Office
Here are some links to a few exhibitions, books and magazines that caught our attention…

Books received #8

7 May 2014
Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Typography

Adventures in Letterpress, Derek Jarman’s Sketchbook, Ant Colony, Fritz Kahn and Other People’s Dogs
Here is a quick look at some titles that have recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch…

C for century

1 May 2014
Design history, Graphic design, Typography

The exhibition ‘Century: 100 Years of Type in Design’ opens in New York
The ‘Century: 100 Years of Type in Design’ exhibition opens today at the AIGA National…

Noted #59

14 April 2014
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Posters, Visual culture

Le Petit Néant, The Pitchfork Review, Please Come to the Show, Mould Map and Typolitic, a new site for undergraduate work
Here is a selection of things – magazines, exhibitions, books and posters – that caught…

Type Tuesday: food and design

31 March 2014
Food design, Graphic design, Magazines, Type Tuesday, Typography

North’s Sean Perkins will talk about design for food and hospitality and the ‘heaven and hell’ of clients this Tuesday evening at St Bride
The Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London (1 April 2014) is not…

Books received #7

16 March 2014
Book design, Graphic design, Magazines, Music design, Reviews

Pop Art Design, The Magazine 19, Punk 45, D&AD 2013 and REsolutions
Here are brief reviews of some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office. Pop…

Noted #58

14 February 2014
Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

Postcards from the Letterform Archive; Ronan Guillou’s ‘This is Not a Map’ of Las Vegas; No Fixed Format: The Sochi Project; Serco Illustration Prize; Marian Bantjes’ Valentine
Here are a few links to sites, exhibitions and objects that grabbed our attention over…

Books received #6

4 February 2014
Book design, Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Reviews

Fabriano, Sint Lucas University, Illustration Next, Roy G. Biv and Eduardo Paolozzi at New Worlds
Here is a brief look at some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office…

Noted #57

1 January 2014
Book design, Magazines, Photography, Visual culture

Publications from the British Council, Monika Bartels / FontWerk, Carter Wong, Pentagram and Thomas Manss
Here are a few publications that grabbed our attention in the last few weeks. The…

Type on the tongue

20 December 2013
Food design, Typography, Visual culture

Eye’s panel checks out the taste of Helvetica, Impact and Comic Sans (as cooked up by Sarah Hyndman)
Designer Sarah Hyndman is known for her Type Tasting workshops – popular events at Pick…

Noted #56

13 December 2013
Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

An Advent Adventure, Fedrigoni, the Dutch Type Library and MoetMoet Letterpress, Typodarium, and Studio Hinrichs’ typography calendar
Here are a few festive calendars that piqued our interest this week. Bob Design makes…

Type Tuesday – 10 December 2013

4 December 2013
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography

Archive night with Lucienne Roberts, Rathna Ramanathan, Fraser Muggeridge, Gerry Leonidas, Ken Garland, Simon Esterson and Martin Andrews
Next week we’ll be hosting another Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London…

Books Received #5

2 December 2013
Book design, Graphic design, Reviews, Typography

Alphabet postcards, type geeks as ‘birders’, post-digital letterpress, understanding type basics and calligraphy
Here is a brief look at some type-oriented titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch…

Books received #4

1 November 2013
Book design, Graphic design, Photography

Biografiktion, Graffiti School, Travellers’ children, Tretchikoff, Soho divas and Xerography
Biografiktion (Nobrow Press, £18.99, $29.00) is a book of fictional stories about celebrities, set in…

Noted #55

18 October 2013
Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

Japanese shunga, a typographic video game, Printed Pages, The Golden Thread, Karlssonwilker and Soviet board games
Here are a few links to games, magazines, blogs, books, workshops and exhibitions that piqued…

A graphic tree-hug

10 October 2013
Graphic design, Illustration, Typography, Visual culture

Pulp!, a 1989 newspaper devoted to trees, drew attention to green issues through art, illustration, writing and photography
Pulp! was a one-off, large-format newspaper published in 1989 to raise awareness of pressing green…

Archive night in Amsterdam

8 October 2013
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Visual culture

If you’re in Amsterdam, please come to Eye’s Dutch ‘Archive night’ at the Aula – admission free
The next Eye ‘Archive night’ takes place in Amsterdam on Wednesday 9 October, from 6-7.30pm…

Sonic treasure chest

3 October 2013
Design history, Illustration, Information design, Music design, Visual culture

Graphic scores go on the road – played by an alchemical, avant-garde supergroup of musicians prepared to turn line, type and image into sound
This month, an ensemble of five extraordinary musicians takes to the road to perform graphic…

Seymour and Milton

1 October 2013
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Posters

A poster show at Kemistry Gallery celebrates two founders of New York’s Push Pin studio
A current exhibition at the small Kemistry gallery in Shoreditch features posters by Seymour Chwast…

Eye 86 in transit

30 September 2013
Graphic design, Magazines, Technology, Typography

Fresh off the rollers and over to the mailing house
The new issue, Eye 86, has been printed and is ready to be sent out…

Letraset Tuesday at St Bride

10 September 2013
Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Type Tuesday, Typography

Come to St Bride tonight to hear Dan ‘Ultrasparky’ Rhatigan, Tony Rushton (Private Eye) and Letraset designers Dave Farey & Colin Brignall.
Tonight’s Type Tuesday at St Bride Library in London features Dan ‘Ultrasparky’ Rhatigan, Tony Rushton…

Books received #3

5 September 2013
Book design, Graphic design, Photography, Visual culture

For the Love of Letterpress, Brighton Swimming Club, the history of CGI, Blackletter and Thomas Heatherwick
Here is a brief look at some titles that arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office in…

Of mice and moquette

27 August 2013
Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

Image-makers go Underground to seek inspiration for the outer surfaces of Oyster card holders
Outline Editions, in collaboration with Designjunction, have commissioned ten designers and illustrators – including Noma…

A mag for Bob

6 August 2013
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Photography, Visual culture

88 magazine lovers have made this one-off newsprint publication for a good cause – raising money to support mag maven Bob Newman
Last March (2013), art director Bob Newman suffered an appalling accident in a swimming pool…

Noted #54

5 August 2013
Graphic design, Magazines, Visual culture

Works That Work #2, Printed Pages #2, Desktop publishing, Presstival and some words for the London Design Festival
Here are a few publications and announcements that have grabbed our attention over the past…

Books received #2

31 July 2013
Book design, Design education, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture

After Butler’s Wharf from the RCA’s CWAD graduates, Vapourware, Tractor Boys, Map of Days and Abram Games’s Penguin covers
Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware (Bloomsbury, £24.99) recalls the many failed prototypes of…

Books received

14 July 2013
Book design, Design education, Graphic design, Reviews

The Roundel, quotes and quips, Various Small Books, interaction design and Unearthing
In the first of a new series of ‘Books received’ blog posts, here is a…

Memory cells

20 June 2013
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, New media, Posters, Technology, Typography, Visual culture

Twenty graphic artists respond to Hari Kunzru’s post-apocalyptic tale with infographics, reliquaries, type, animation and a playhouse made of rubbish
‘London has been destroyed in fiction … innumerable times,’ said Hari Kunzru at press view…

New work, new fonts, New Transport

28 May 2013
Graphic design, Information design, Type Tuesday, Typography

Henrik Kubel takes the stage for Eye’s forthcoming Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library
Next week’s Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London features designer Henrik Kubel…

Noted #53

27 May 2013
Illustration, Magazines, Photography, Visual culture

A magazine for Bob Newman; ‘Image Duplicator’; Erwin Blumenfeld at Somerset House; and Rémi Noël’s ‘This is not a map’
When French art director / photographer Rémi Noël goes to the States, he uses road…

Letterpress firecracker in Tribeca

7 May 2013
Graphic design, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Eye magazine presents an evening with typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching in Tribeca on Wednesday
On Wednesday evening there’s an opportunity to see designer and typographer Alan Kitching (of The…

Out of the box in New York

3 May 2013
Design history, Graphic design, Technology, Typography

The first Eye archive night to be held outside London takes place at the Pencil to Pixel show in New York next Monday evening
Early next week, On Monday 6 May 2013, we will be in New York, where…

Noted #52

22 April 2013
Graphic design, Photography

Juggalos, Marmite, Thatcher, Fatherless, Dogs in Cars and Designs of the Year
A few awards, books and images that caught our attention in recent weeks. The Design…

AGI Open – the ‘graphic design World Cup’?

24 March 2013
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration

The Alliance Graphique Internationale pulls out the stops for a two-day, student-oriented event at London’s Barbican this autumn
Last Wednesday saw a rare gathering of some of the UK’s most senior designers (David…

Journey to the endless archive

21 March 2013
Design history, Information design, New media, Technology

Future Everything launches with a downloadable collection of essays that explore the ideas behind ‘digital public space’
Future Everything, just opened in Manchester, is tackling the issue of ‘public space’ in the…

Noted #51

18 March 2013
Design history, Illustration, Magazines, Typography

Sign painters, film trailers, Nieves’ zines, Tom Gauld and Pencil to Pixel in New York
A few books, videos, zines and events that caught our eye … Spread from Sign…

More platforms for editorial design

11 March 2013
Graphic design, Information design, Magazines, Technology, Type Tuesday

Art director Mark Porter is the main speaker at ‘The magazine now arriving at platform 15’ at St Bride
The Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London is a chance to hear…

Noted #50

27 February 2013
Graphic design, Magazines, Posters, Visual culture

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…

Deadline EDA

24 February 2013
Awards madness, Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Magazines, New media, Posters, Typography

Get your skates on! Only a few days left to enter the 2013 European Design Awards
The submission deadline for the 2013 European Design Awards in Belgrade is fast approaching –…

A car and a gun

15 February 2013
Book design, Photography

Read Rick Poynor’s latest Photo Critique – on the third edition of Redheaded Peckerwood
Rick Poynor’s Web-only Photo Critique ‘Cold-blooded runaways’ is now published on the Eye website. The…

Made by Marian

13 February 2013
Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

A glimpse of the 2013 Valentine’s Day card designed by Marian Bantjes.
Yes, it’s that time of year when certain graphic designers, art directors, editors and writers…

Noted #49

11 February 2013
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Typography

Scroll down; paper time capsule; Typography Summer School in two cities; design activism at the V&A; Sketchnotes; icons for data
A few objects, images and forthcoming events that caught our attention in recent weeks ……

Noted #48

21 January 2013
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Visual culture

Illustration, music, life and death.
Here are a few links to exhibitions, illustrations and events that caught our attention in…

Spiral-bound scratchpad

31 December 2012
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

The 25th Anniversary edition of the Redstone diary assembles visual and verbal ephemera on the subject of ‘language’, from doctors’ private slang to erotic hand gestures.
The annual spiral-bound desk diary from Julian Rothenstein’s Redstone Press usually delivers a quirky collection…

While the city Tweets

23 December 2012
Graphic design, Information design, Posters, Technology

Brendan Dawes’s digital portraits visualise data drawn from the online chatter of British city-dwellers
To mark the arrival of the 4G mobile network in eleven cities across the UK…

Noted #47

17 December 2012
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, New media, Technology, Visual culture

Christmas gifs, Mel Bochner, hacked embroidery and kaleidoscopic flowers from Kapitza.
Here are some assorted links and things, seasonal or otherwise, suggested by Eye’s friends and…

Noted #46

22 November 2012
Graphic design, Typography

Schwitters, typewriting, wood type, the future Detroit Printing Plant and the United Stats of America
This past Friday the last British-made typewriter, the CM-1000, left the Brother factory in Wrexham…

Type in Wapping

13 November 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

Pencil to Pixel opens up Monotype’s archive of typographic history, from artwork to artefacts
The ‘Pencil to Pixel’ exhibition, which opens this Friday at Metropolitan Wharf in London, gives…

Noted #45

26 October 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Sneaker art, Coverthink on news design, Kerouac, Lubalin, letterpress and a letter from the Gentle Author.
This week in Noted: branding, editorial design, Kerouac’s scroll, letterpress, more Herb Lubalin and an…

‘X’ marks the spot

19 October 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Magazines

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ‘Election special’, packed with striking infographics, shows there is still space for innovation on the newsstand.
The latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek is an election special, packed with the kind of…

Not drowning but waving

4 October 2012
Brand madness, Illustration, Visual culture

The National Poetry Day’s Piccadilly Circus display is a welcome drop of visual poetry in an ocean of brandspace
The big advertising displays of Piccadilly Circus have long been dominated by the big brands…

Noted #44, LDF #10

13 September 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

Graphic design and visual culture at the London Design Festival, 14-23 September 2012.
As the London Design Festival [LDF] enters its tenth year, the organisers are preparing to…

Information inspiration

12 September 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Typography

Commercial Type’s Paul Barnes will give the annual Beatrice Warde lecture at St Bride Library.
Type design and lettering today stands atop of a pile of historical information collected over…

Noted #43

24 August 2012
Illustration, Magazines, Music design, Posters, Visual culture

Harry Beck’s beasts, Pentagram fakes it, Art Vinyl, undesirable Harry (Potter) and Design Yatra.
Here’s a random-ish selection of (non-Olympic) things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Next…

Creative countdown

15 August 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Photography, Technology, Visual culture

Paul Smith, Giles Duley, GTF and Quentin Jones head the line-up for Here 2012, 21 September
How does a wannabe racing cyclist from Nottingham become one of the foremost creative figures…

Noted #42

11 August 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Technology

Olympic graphics watch 3 – stamps, steely Jess Ennis, ringing in the data and icons of the Times
More Olympic graphics (and more to come, once the Paralympics get going). Here are some…

Noted #41

4 August 2012

Olympic graphics watch 2 – infographics, ironic accuracy and competitive armchair Olympics
More Olympic graphics have caught our attention. As the games continue – please send us…

Noted #40

22 July 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

Typecache, marginal Brazil, mags with letters, Malick Sidibé’s studio
Here are a few more links that caught our attention in recent days. Typecache.com is…

Noted #39

13 July 2012
Graphic design, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

Olympic graphics watch – pictograms, logos & signs that keep the flame alive
Here are a few reflections on Olympics graphics that caught our attention.More to come –…

Noted #38

14 June 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, New media, Photography, Posters, Technology

Details, webfonts, operatic Len Lye, torn posters and Olympic variations
Here are some links to things that have caught the attention of the Eye team…

Alan’s capital letters

12 June 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

This July show will take us round the London boroughs of Kitching
Later this summer, Alan Kitching’s forthcoming exhibition, ‘Mr Kitching’s London’ at London’s Advanced Graphics will…

Noted #30

13 February 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Posters, Technology, Visual culture

Surrogate Valentines, movie posters, Kama Sutra letters, social donuts
Here are some links to sites, images and texts that have caught the attention of…

In the neighbourhood #1

19 January 2012
Graphic design, Posters, Visual culture

‘There’s instinctive understanding ... we barely need a brief any more’
For Eye 81, John Ridpath interviewed three designers who work with local clients. One of…

Picture puzzle

18 January 2012
New media, Photography, Visual culture

When is a photo not a photo? Why not ask Sue Steward’s ‘New Alchemists’ …
‘The New Alchemists’, an exhibition in Islington curated by Sue Steward, features 50 works by…

Lines of communication

3 January 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

Carl DeTorres on IBM, Ogilvy and avoiding ‘over art direction’
For Eye 81, the ‘Designers and clients’ special issue, Chris Maillard spoke to several clients…

Five from the archive

16 December 2011
Design history, Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

A handful of articles from Eye’s back pages. Kinross, Margolin, etc.
While we look forward to launching a new Eye website next year, we’ve been busily…

Graphic designers in Barcelona

23 September 2011
Book design, Graphic design, Information design, Music design, Posters, Typography, Visual culture

This year’s AGI Open has the theme: ‘What. How. Why.’
There’s just over a week to go until this year’s AGI Open in Barcelona (…

Historical digital #3

8 September 2011
Graphic design, Illustration, New media, Technology, Visual culture

Grow your own. More digital food for thought … made with Processing
Here are some more examples of digital work from ‘Grow your own’, the article about…

Historical digital #1

20 July 2011
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, New media, Technology, Typography, Visual culture

Digital craft. A new wave reasserts the primacy of skills and knowhow
In ‘Magic box’ (Eye 70), David Crow argues: ‘In a world where ideas are the…

In graphic detail – Critique on Kiki

15 April 2011
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture

See Rick Poynor’s latest Critique – about Catel and Bocquet’s graphic biography of Surrealist icon Kiki de Montparnasse
I had some reservations about Kiki de Montparnasse, a new graphic biography of the artists’…

Fixed compass

20 March 2011
Design history, Graphic design, Typography, Visual culture

David Gentleman talks about his identity design for British Steel
The most recent issue of Eye includes a Reputations interview with David Gentleman, whose career…

Critique: French connections

1 March 2011
Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Typography

Back Cover signals an allegiance to graphic design as a serious endeavour
In his latest Web-only Critique, Rick Poynor looks at the French graphic design and typography…

Popshot’s illustrated poetry

1 December 2010
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Visual culture

‘We want to be the first result in Google when people type in “brilliant”’
Popshot Magazine is a bi-annual publication that brings together poetry and illustration with an eye…

The science of magazine design

22 November 2010
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Posters, Typography

Stack America’s infographic explores the fundamentals of art direction
Few people outside the hothouse world of magazine production realise what a difficult and intellectually…

Troubled waters

25 October 2010
Graphic design, New media, Posters

Anthony Burrill designs a poster that’s screenprinted with oil from the BP spill
Anthony Burrill has made a new series of limited-edition posters, printed in BP oil from…

Divine Noir

2 September 2010
Illustration, Visual culture

From Hell to Heaven in Seymour Chwast’s graphic take on Dante
Seymour Chwast’s first graphic novel, published next week, sees the designer / illustrator tackle Dante…

Barbara Wojirsch: Eyes and ears

19 August 2010
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Photography, Typography, Visual culture

A rare glimpse of the art and craft behind ECM’s visual identity
Adrian Shaughnessy’s article ‘One man brand’ in Eye 76, the Music design special issue, is…

Comic serif

11 August 2010
Illustration, Magazines, Typography, Visual culture

How Punch magazine turned table talk into cartoons and typography
The British Library have just published a book that explores the inner world of Victorian…

Glamour profession

26 February 2010
Graphic design, Music design, Visual culture

Anthony Burrill’s graphics for Jenny Packham at London Fashion Week
‘It was all my favourite things in one place,’ says Anthony Burrill, delighted by his…

Small and perfectly formed

1 January 2010
Graphic design, Photography, Visual culture

Ken Garland takes another close look at the world around us
In recent years, graphic designer Ken Garland has devoted increasing amounts of his time to…

The aesthetics of emptiness

11 December 2008
Photography, Visual culture

Pictures of empty and abandoned spaces in the US and Japan
Abandoned buildings and places have always invited photography. Derek Yates sent us this link to…