John L. Walters

Recent articles by John L. Walters

Time stretched further out

Issue 103, Summer 2022

Feature

We made this: Punkt’s design for David Sylvian’s photobook ERR

Witness

Issue 103, Summer 2022

Feature

Lucinda Rogers’ reportage drawings captured the urgent activism and human drama that surrounded Cop26, the 2021 Glasgow climate summit. By John L. Walters. Portrait by Jillian Edelstein [EXTRACT]

Editorial Eye 103

Issue 103, Summer 2022

Opinion

It is commonplace to say that history is written by the winners, but the historical record needs to be challenged.

Design for a better world

Issue 102, Autumn 2021

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Indian design duo November balances commercial practice with a commitment to social change. By John L. Walters [EXTRACT]

Pop art before it was ‘Art’

Issue 102, Autumn 2021

Review

Several chapters into this captivating how-to book, Joby Carter jokes about ‘carrying on the fairground tradition …

Type as art objet

Issue 102, Autumn 2021

Review

‘At design school I became enamoured with typography,’ said Kris Sowersby to Mark Thomson in the…

Cool lists for dark days

Issue 102, Autumn 2021

Review

Gilles Peterson is known for his unfeasibly large record collection and an unstoppable enthusiasm for Black…

Editorial Eye 102

Issue 102, Autumn 2021

Opinion

Are we are in ‘a new golden age of type design’?

Word play

Issue 101, Summer 2021

Opinion

Sarah Boris’s letterpress collaboration with New North Press reflects the turbulence of 2020.

Crowd control

Issue 101, Summer 2021

Feature

Designers are making illustrated books through crowdfunding instead of traditional publishing methods. By John L. Walters

Drawn from the capital

Issue 101, Summer 2021

Review

London can be a hard city to love, but David Gentleman always finds good reasons, which…

Pictoglyphic time travel

Issue 101, Summer 2021

Review

If the concept of ‘designer and illustrator as author’ is worthy of close attention outside children’s…

Captain litho

Issue 101, Summer 2021

Review

Barnett Freedman (1901-56) was an artist / designer from a Jewish immigrant family who grasped…

Editorial Eye 101

Issue 101, Summer 2021

Opinion

The grids and graphs of Covid-19 graphics are familiar to nearly everyone, even those who…

Extinction Rebellion: Truth works

Issue 100, Summer 2020

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Extinction Rebellion has grabbed the world’s attention with its imaginative, disciplined and urgent approach to graphic activism

Malika Favre: Gridlocked

Issue 100, Summer 2020

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A love of mathematics and geometry underpins the immaculate illustrations of Malika Favre

Introduction Eye 100

Issue 100, Summer 2020

Opinion

For this issue, eleven prominent designers have generously given up time to talk about graphic design…

Design odyssey

Issue 99, Autumn 2019

Review

Stanley Kubrick (1928-99) has long been the ultimate designers’ director, a man who presided over…

Editorial Eye 99

Issue 99, Autumn 2019

Opinion

Eye has always been both a cultural journal and a business-to-business magazine. Though we value…

Business at the centre

Issue 99, Autumn 2019

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An interview with Sascha Lötscher, managing partner of G+A

Fritz Gottschalk and the Swiss-Canadian connection

Issue 99, Autumn 2019

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Gottschalk + Ash International spans more than five decades, a Swiss design studio with Modernist roots in Northern Europe and North America. Eye went to Zürich to meet the people behind the practice

Art and ambiguity

Issue 99, Autumn 2019

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The identity for Venice Biennale Arte 2019, designed by Melanie Mues, distorts type across a colourful three-dimensional grid

Walker’s riddles

Issue 99, Autumn 2019

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Tim Walker’s photographs are dispatches from a non-parallel universe. His images convey a glittering otherness…

They made Canada

Issue 98, Spring 2019

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Working against the clock, with virtually no budget, Greg Durrell made a design documentary that shows how European immigrants created Canada’s visual identity

New bottle old wine

Issue 98, Spring 2019

Feature

Drawing on the punches, matrices, specimens and smoke proofs at St Bride Library, Commercial Classics give nineteenth-century typefaces a new lease of life. By John L. Walters

Adventures 
in the book trade

Issue 98, Spring 2019

Review

Printing R-Evolution’ has been an unexpected public success, confounding expectations that the incunabula period of…

Editorial Eye 98

Issue 98, Spring 2019

Opinion

When you visit St Bride Printing Library in London, or the living archive that is…

Return to the square

Issue 98, Spring 2019

Feature

A chance discovery by some builders led to the adaptation and expansion of a 1930s alphabet by one of Switzerland’s foremost designers

Waste not

Issue 98, Spring 2019

Review

For many years Vaughan Oliver was the in-house designer for the 4AD record label, creating…

The heart and soul of Harlem

Issue 98, Spring 2019

Review

The black-and-white Esquire photo of 57 jazz musicians (plus a few local children) posed in…

Shock and oral history

Issue 97, Autumn 2018

Review

Ian Birch’s Uncovered: Revolutionary Magazine Covers is an entertaining browse through some of the most…

This woman’s work

Issue 97, Autumn 2018

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Kate Hepburn’s design career, embracing pioneering magazines such as Spare Rib and Vole as well as comedy and rock’n’roll, is rooted in rigorous typography

Anglo-Saxon latitudes

Issue 97, Autumn 2018

Review

The London transport maps designed by MacDonald (Max) Gill can be regarded as sitting in…

The art of small moments

Issue 96, Spring 2018

Review

To call Chris Ware a genius seems obvious, banal, almost. So much praise has been…

Editorial Eye 96

Issue 96, Spring 2018

Opinion

Magazine special issue, part one

The reviews

Issue 96, Spring 2018

Feature

Evaluations by ‘trusted third parties’ are a mag staple, says John L. Walters

Anatomy of a magazine

Issue 96, Spring 2018

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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’

Editorial Eye 95

Issue 95, Winter 2018

Opinion

Last summer, during a visit to London, Triboro’s David Heasty made a strong case for…

Hidden treasure

Issue 95, Winter 2018

Feature

Two hours from Paris, the historic printing house Imagerie d’Épinal is reborn as the heart of a contemporary French brand

A sharp eye for Brazilian design

Issue 95, Winter 2018

Review

The short title of this exhibition – ‘Brasil Hoje’ [Brazil Today] – gives an idea…

Market forces

Issue 95, Winter 2018

Review

Lucinda Rogers is a British reportage illustrator whose career has become intertwined with activism, working…

The crew with no name

Issue 95, Winter 2018

Review

This ambitious exhibition throws light on a circle of artists and designers grouped loosely around…

A house that type built

Issue 94, Summer 2017

Feature

Type foundry House Industries – the subject of a hefty new monograph and a retrospective exhibition near Detroit – champions the joyful vulgarity of United States graphic arts. Jason Godfrey and Dan Adams pay tribute

Editorial Eye 94

Issue 94, Summer 2017

Opinion

The notion that graphic design is fundamentally a creative business, a form of art undertaken…

Pleasure in the process

Issue 94, Summer 2017

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Paul McNeil and Hamish Muir are graphic designers who construct typefaces through mathematics, systems and experimentation, pushing hard at the boundaries of alphabetic form

Expressive geometry

Issue 94, Summer 2017

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Kabel, Rudolf Koch’s eccentric, geometric 1920s typeface, has been revived as a 21st century type family by Marc Schütz. By Madeleine Morley, with extracts from Gerald Cinamon’s book about Koch

Grignani

Issue 94, Summer 2017

Review

‘Franco Grignani: Art as Design 1950-1990’ at London’s Estorick Collection (5 July – 10 September…

Editorial Eye 93

Issue 93, Winter 2017

Opinion

Illustration and the power of the drawn image are at the heart of this issue…

Soothing deadlines

Issue 93, Winter 2017

Review

Christoph Niemann’s Sunday Sketching (Abrams, $40, £25) includes a few ‘greatest hits’ from his time…

Olivier Kugler: bearing witness

Issue 93, Winter 2017

Feature

This contemporary illustrator uses his ears and eyes – plus a camera, digital voice recorder, sketchbook, pencil, scanner and laptop – to document stories of exile, displacement and the complex reality of refugees’ lives

‘Because, history’

Issue 92, Summer 2016

Review

Despite its name, Typo Berlin, founded in 1996, has never been solely dedicated to type…

Time machine

Issue 92, Summer 2016

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Each summer since 1973, artist Tom Phillips has taken photos of the same twenty places in his South London neighbourhood. The resulting artwork – 20 Sites n Years – is both conceptual art and social history

Editorial Eye 92

Issue 92, Summer 2016

Opinion

In the feature ‘Tune out, dive deep, read on’, Riposte magazine founders Shaz Madani and…

Editorial Eye 91

Issue 91, Spring 2016

Opinion

Every city resonates to the rhythms of the graphic marks made on its surfaces, from…

Scissor action

Issue 91, Spring 2016

Review

John Heartfield: Laughter is a Devastating Weapon (David King and Ernst Volland, Tate Publishing, £29.9…

Tightly cropped critique

Issue 91, Spring 2016

Review

The subtitle of James Clough’s generously illustrated Signs of Italy: Outdoor Lettering Up and Down…

Colouring in the city

Issue 91, Spring 2016

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Camille Walala’s exuberant, colourful designs for the Splice Post building bring warmth and vitality to London’s Old Street

The case of Romek Marber

Issue 91, Spring 2016

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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

London Letters

Issue 91, Spring 2016

Feature

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

Editorial Eye 90

Issue 90, Summer 2015

Opinion

The wider world’s interpretation of type and typography can be broad, vague, prejudiced, opinionated, highly…

Nested narratives

Issue 90, Summer 2015

Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Abrams, $35, £21.99) – the book of the film – comes…

Editorial Eye 89

Issue 89, Winter 2014

Opinion

Photography and illustration may be separate disciplines, but they are interwoven with design. The photo…

We made this: Dorothy and Otis

Issue 89, Winter 2014

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In 2009, Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel arrived at an archive in Arizona to rediscover a legacy of graphic design left by Dorothy and Otis Shepard.

Reputations: Mucho

Issue 89, Winter 2014

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‘We were interested in working internationally, to learn from different cultures and to know how design behaves globally. We had international clients. But you really need people in those places to stay active. So the answer is sharing.’

Powered flight

Issue 88, Summer 2014

Feature

For fifteen years, Pegasus, an international biannual corporate magazine designed by Derek Birdsall, led a charmed life.

A small ‘M’ modern master

Issue 88, Summer 2014

Review

The history of graphic design has many gaps and omissions, whether through shifting tastes, technology…

Editorial Eye 88

Issue 88, Summer 2014

Opinion

Publication design is a thread that runs through Eye 88. There’s the innovation in books…

Luxury of less is more

Issue 87, Spring 2014

Feature

‘Roundhead’ Sean Perkins explains North’s designs for restaurateur Alan Yau and the St Pancras Hotel

Burger, fries, no logo

Issue 87, Spring 2014

Feature

With ‘nothing to show and nothing to say’, Ben Stott’s ‘anti-branding’ helped turn the Byron restaurant chain into a multi-million pound brand.

Editorial Eye 87

Issue 87, Spring 2014

Opinion

What do we think about when we look at design for food and drink? This…

We made this: A life in artefacts

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Review

Tom Dixon’s Dixonary (Violette Editions, £35) is a big book (632 pages) that is beautifully…

Towering ambition

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Review

Audiovisual events that genuinely work are so rare that Brooklyn Babylon (Holland Festival, 24 June…

Violently opposed to war

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Review

Looking for images of ‘peace’ on the internet yields predictable and clichéd results, as Signs…

Editorial Eye 86

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Opinion

This type special contains several examples of letters that lie some way off the usual…

Reputations: Tony Brook

Issue 86, Autumn 2013

Feature

‘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.’

Editorial Eye 85

Issue 85, Spring 2013

Opinion

Anyone who creates something new – whether it’s an idea or an artefact – is…

Man of letters

Issue 85, Spring 2013

Review

For much of the past decade, illustrator Tom Gauld has been a regular contributor to…

Old school layout

Issue 82, Winter 2012

Feature

Every fortnight, art director Tony Rushton and editor Ian Hislop lay out Private Eye in a way that’s hardly changed in 50 years

Better than the real thing

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Review

A recent exhibition at the Ikon gallery in Birmingham presented work by Pakistan-born UK designer…

Robin Nicholas

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

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‘I don’t see myself as a typeface designer. Hermann Zapf is a typeface designer. What I have done is to develop typefaces: pulling component parts of various typefaces that seem to work well and amalgamate those into a new design.’

Alphabetical jazz soup

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Review

The most ingenious editorial design element of Jazz Covers is its double spine: a trompe…

Dan Rhatigan: All about workflow

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

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Monotype’s UK type director talks about the way the company’s 125-year history informs its approach to twenty-first century challenges.

Editorial Eye 84

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Opinion

The original Monotype was an ingenious piece of highly disruptive technology that caused the biggest…

Psychedelic tract

Issue 83, Summer 2012

Review

The era of psychedelic art – from the mid 1960s to the very early 70s…

Devil in the detail

Issue 83, Summer 2012

Feature

Careful, even-tempered typographer by day – wild art director by night? For John Morgan, both the typographic detailing and the grand gestures are essential to each project’s unique ‘atmosphere’. By John L. Walters.

Bible of babel

Issue 83, Summer 2012

Review

The 2012 European Design Awards, the winners of which were announced in Helsinki on 2…

Editorial Eye 83

Issue 83, Summer 2012

Opinion

Several recent issues of Eye have focused on type design, but this special puts the…

Resonating image-makers

Issue 29, Autumn 1998

Review

The graphic scores of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (1919-1994) date from the extravagant and exuberant period of…

Sound and vision

Issue 76, Summer 2010

Feature

Given the visceral feelings stirred by music, it’s time we found new, meaningful associations between music and design.

Abbott Miller in the driving seat

Issue 43, Spring 2002

Review

A new phase for the visual culture magazine 2wice begins with this paean to the…

Illuminated thought

Issue 69, Autumn 2008

Feature

The practice is said to ‘signal a break with the past’ but GTF has an unforced ‘style’ that is impossible to copy

Adventures in motion pictures. Aerial ballet of upholstery

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

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Matthew Donaldson’s high-speed ‘still life’ photoshoot with GTF for Kvadrat at Pinewood

Adventures in motion pictures. Narrative arc

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

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Editorial photographer Lauren Greenfield on the jump from ‘essay form’ to story-telling

Reputations: Marian Bantjes

Issue 72, Summer 2009

Feature

‘I’ve come close to working with a couple of agencies for very big brands, but either the money isn’t there or the agency just has a stupid idea that I’m not interested in working on. Like they want type with a bunch of bullshit curlicues coming off it. Yawn. Go away.’

Reputations: Commercial Type

Issue 82, Winter 2012

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‘There has been typography on the Web for its entire existence, because there are words, and where there are words there is typography … Some people believe that there is going to be a radical change in the process of reading because of webfonts. Actually, no.’

Hands-on design and digital angst at the AIGA

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Review

In past years the biennial conference of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has…

Reason and rhymes

Issue 63, Spring 2007

Feature

Can design for contemporary jazz, world and experimental music have a meaningful partnership with the musical content?

The United Nations of Type

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

Look beyond the confines of the Latin alphabet, urges Johannes Bergerhausen of Decodeunicode.

Art and art direction – Kuchar Swara

Issue 73, Autumn 2009

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The relationship between art directors and photography has developed in myriad ways alongside changes in fashion, taste and technology. Here we profile four very different practitioners: editorial designer Kuchar Swara, who collaborates regularly with photographers such as Nigel Shafran and Coppi Barbieri; Jens Gehlhaar (of directors’ collective Brand New School), who moves effortlessly between moving image campaigns, still photography and CGI; Thomas Lenthal, creative director for luxury fashion brands and his own magazine Paradis; and Daniel Eatock, whose approach to photography provides a provocative link between conceptual art and an objective, ‘vernacular’ approach to snapshot culture. All four have plenty to say about the place of photography and photographers in their working lives.

Reputations: John McConnell

Issue 81, Autumn 2011

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‘By wanting to be intelligent, it usually gets simpler and simpler. The creative process is paring back all the time. If you can’t defend it, get rid of it.That’s what turns me on. How simple can you make it? Usually, “creativity” means showing off to your peer group, and creativity without intelligence is as dumb as it comes.’

The mystery of frozen locomotion

Issue 75, Spring 2010

Review

This exhibition explores the static, two-dimensional representation of movement. In the catalogue (and in his…

All the flat boys

Issue 82, Winter 2012

Review

Michelle Cotton’s book, produced to accompany a Cubitt Gallery touring exhibition (see ‘From bombs to…

Reputations: Karsten Schmidt

Issue 74, Winter 2009

Feature

‘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.’

Black gold

Issue 74, Winter 2009

Review

If there can be such a thing as a revolutionary coffee table book, Freedom Rhythm…

The digital reality of ‘emotional products’

Issue 69, Autumn 2008

Review

Adrian Shaughnessy has long been an astute observer of music graphics from both outside and inside…

Character studies

Issue 73, Autumn 2009

Feature

Michael Johnson’s project to make a ‘phonetic typeface’ that English speakers can understand

Branches and roots

Issue 78, Winter 2010

Feature

John L. Walters on the break-ups and tearful reunions of Rock Family Trees

Letters from Bologna

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Review

You could read the promotional material for this conference several times without getting a clear…

Beyond the canon

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Feature

Introduction to special issue by editor John L. Walters

All her own invention

Issue 76, Summer 2010

Feature

Graphic design’s recent concerns have for decades been at the heart of Laurie Anderson’s practice

Over the rainbow

Issue 75, Spring 2010

Feature

From advertising to illustration; posters to badges; fashion shows to pop videos, the design work of Anthony Burrill has become quietly ubiquitous

Food dye chromatography

Issue 57, Autumn 2005

Feature

Stanley Donwood’s artwork for Matthew Herbert’s polemical album finds colour in chemistry

Polyphonic playground

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Feature

The world’s first museum of its kind, plus the ‘European Championship of Graphic Design’

What a genius

Issue 70, Winter 2008

Review

At one time, Barney Bubbles seemed like the Zelig of graphic design, the man who…

Make music visible

Issue 76, Summer 2010

Feature

Gerard Saint’s Big Active is on a mission to turn music into something tangible through art direction and design.

Men behaving stylishly

Issue 79, Spring 2011

Feature

Who would dare to launch a glossy men’s magazine during an economic crisis? The team behind Port discuss their new quarterly

Cage recast as eye candy

Issue 73, Autumn 2009

Review

American composer John Cage was a prankster, a gameshow champion and a creator of graphic…

Step and repeat

Issue 70, Winter 2008

Feature

Richard Rhys’s new foundry, which sells original patterns by designers and artists, gives a new twist to a timeless concept

In the thick of it

Issue 79, Spring 2011

Feature

Morag Myerscough puts an eclectic graphic sensibility into public spaces, with colour, pattern and big type

Adventures in motion pictures. ‘This is reality’

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

Tim Hetherington and Restrepo, the prize-winning documentary he made with Sebastian Junger

He has ways of making you read

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Review

Few novels have made use of graphic design for background or context, let alone made…

Type space

Issue 78, Winter 2010

Review

Supergraphics (Unit Editions, £25 + p&p, only available from uniteditions.com) is a 320-page softback about…

Interview with Dan Fern

Issue 76, Summer 2010

Feature

Professor Dan Fern explains his pioneering ‘MAP / making’ course at the Royal College of Art, London.

A certain smile

Issue 80, Summer 2011

Feature

Sara De Bondt is a shaker and mover, who leads a studio with a decisively contemporary approach to identity design

The Monograph as Atlas

Issue 79, Spring 2011

Review

In his slim but tactile volume I Swear I Use No Art At All: 1…

Love letters

Issue 80, Summer 2011

Review

Scripts, with a jazz-like mix of virtuosity and improvisation, can represent many things, from intimacy…

Fading away before the issues

Issue 41, Autumn 2001

Review

This £400 one-day symposium aimed to instigate ‘an overdue overhaul of the very principles of…

On message

Issue 74, Winter 2009

Feature

Content is king at Nicolas Bourquin’s Onlab, but its editorial focus incorporates visual delight and conceptual ingenuity.

10,000 one offs

Issue 80, Summer 2011

Feature

Field’s 10,000 ‘illustrations’ for SEA’s GF Smith paper swatch give a new dimension to variable data printing

David Pearson: inside out

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

The man who made series design fashionable (and profitable) at Penguin is also a publisher who relishes the ‘big puzzle’ of books.

Shouting from the shelves

Issue 73, Autumn 2009

Review

Faber and Faber, the independent British publisher founded in 1929 by Geoffrey Faber (there was…

Reputations: Paula Scher

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

‘I am fascinated by organisations and the way people behave in power structures.’

Wanted: self-images

Issue 66, Winter 2007

Feature

A facial composite kit from the 1970s is the basis for an intriguing personal project

Slow print

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

Allow plenty of time to read Marian Bantjes’ highly personal book debut.

Frank’s wild years

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Review

Had Robert Frank never opened another shutter after 1956, his reputation would be secure on…

Pin-sharp process

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

GTF’s Tord Boontje monograph employs structural and decorative devices drawn directly from the product designer’s work

Eine's walls: notes from a vandal

Issue 65, Autumn 2007

Feature

The summer of 2007 brightened up when Vandalism appeared in Holywell Lane

Big ideas and giant turkeys

Issue 70, Winter 2008

Review

The culture of ‘album cover design’ often runs in a kind of parallel universe to…

The book design complex

Issue 75, Spring 2010

Review

The annual one-day conference at St Bride Library in Bride Lane (off Fleet Street) has…

An Online Drift

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Feature

Five Eye commentators take a stroll along the highways and strip malls of contemporary cyberspace

The orderly chaos of James Joyce

Issue 72, Summer 2009

Feature

The blank canvas of a monthly flyer gave this graphic designer the opportunity to become a full time illustrator

Power of two

Issue 70, Winter 2008

Feature

Clients who hire the company behind Five’s new identity always work directly with the main men

Reputations: David Gentleman

Issue 78, Winter 2010

Feature

‘I did absolutely anything that came my way, which I’ve done throughout my life. But what I know about design, as opposed to wood engravings or illustrating, I learned from stamps – my interest in refining an idea down to an absolute minimum.’

Fanfare for the common man

Issue 79, Spring 2011

Review

This book is neither biography nor visual monograph but an entertaining compilation that throws additional…

Art and art direction – Daniel Eatock

Issue 73, Autumn 2009

Feature

Daniel Eatock’s approach to photography provides a provocative link between conceptual art and an objective, ‘vernacular’ approach to snapshot culture.

Port: Prêt á porter

Issue 79, Spring 2011

Feature

Jeremy Leslie, Port’s iPad app designer, explains his methods

The Mechanical Bride

Issue 27, Spring 1998

Feature

Marshall McLuhan's 1951 analysis of advertising's unholy trinity of sex, death and technology

Scoop

Issue 30, Winter 1998

Feature

A board game based on page layout, newspaper rivalry and editorial approval, who knows what strange ideas it gave to budding journalists and designers at an impressionable age

Stephen Byram: art & design

Issue 42, Winter 2001

Feature

A New Yorker opts for content, tactility and the sound of surprise

Reputations: Gerard Unger

Issue 40, Summer 2001

Feature

‘Papers have all kinds of information on the same page; very distressing and very joyful; gossip and facts. I wanted to bring that variety, that liveliness into the typeface design.’

Reputations: Terry Jones

Issue 30, Winter 1998

Feature

‘I’m a creative director. I work with photographers. Years ago I said design is a piece of piss. Design is something that shouldn’t be complicated.’

Paper planet

Issue 78, Winter 2010

Feature

Joost Grootens, whose background is in multimedia and architectural design, is reinventing the atlas for the 21st century

Sound, code, image

Issue 26, Autumn 1997

Feature

Postwar composers, such as Cage, Cardew and Crumb, have left an exuberant legacy of seductive graphic scores that still puzzle and fascinate the artists and musicians of today.

Another self-indulgent design monograph

Issue 41, Autumn 2001

Review

A wall of Stefan Sagmeister’s work / live apartment in New York bears the handwritten…

Revealing images

Issue 82, Winter 2012

Review

Bookshop shelves groan with giant compendiums of illustration, heavy on image, light on information or…

Reputations: Graphic Thought Facility

Issue 39, Spring 2001

Feature

‘It’s to do with keeping things simple and having the confidence to present an idea where everything can be understood. You don’t have to be in the know to unravel it.’

Reputations: J. Abbott Miller

Issue 45, Autumn 2002

Feature

'We could be more aware of the civility of design, of how it can be constructive in a poetic sense, not just like a sneeze of capitalist excess’

Britain’s signature

Issue 71, Spring 2009

Feature

Margaret Calvert signed the UK – from road to rail to air. Now Henrik Kubel has digitised her Rail Alphabet

Self-aggrandising, self-satisfied

Issue 38, Winter 2000

Feature

Brochures: Frost, Push, Elliott Peter Earls, the Office of CC …

Self-evident, self-motivated, self-perpetuating

Issue 38, Winter 2000

Feature

Creative work by Experimental Jetset, Mother, Struktur and others

Editorial Eye 82

Issue 82, Winter 2012

Opinion

After several special issues – on Berlin, music design, the designer-client relationship and our regular…

Editorial Eye 81

Issue 81, Autumn 2011

Opinion

Designers and clients special issue.

Editorial Eye 80

Issue 80, Summer 2011

Opinion

Eye 80 – celebrating two decades of graphic design and change

Editorial Eye 79

Issue 79, Spring 2011

Opinion

One of the fascinating things about type is its dynamic nature. Take any era and…

Editorial Eye 78

Issue 78, Winter 2010

Opinion

Information design, the main focus of this issue of Eye, has given rise to some soul-searching…

Editorial Eye 77

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Opinion

Photography and the joy of publishing in Eye 77.

Editorial Eye 75

Issue 75, Spring 2010

Opinion

We all work with words, whether we’re writers, bloggers, editors, Tweeters, curators or designers. And…

Editorial Eye 73

Issue 73, Autumn 2009

Opinion

This photography special issue is about the way photographs are commissioned, selected, edited, sequenced and…

Editorial Eye 72

Issue 72, Summer 2009

Opinion

Last summer we tackled the canon of graphic design history in a special issue; this…

Editorial Eye 70

Issue 70, Winter 2008

Opinion

Given the sophisticated times we live in, it is odd to note how often the…

Eye Editorial 69

Issue 69, Autumn 2008

Opinion

The mood and structure of this issue is somewhat different from the last...

Brought to Light

Issue 69, Autumn 2008

Feature

Editorial

Editorial Eye 68

Issue 68, Summer 2008

Opinion

The beginning of a new era . . . and thanks!

Editorial Eye 67

Issue 67, Spring 2008

Opinion

I don’t know about you, but the world of origami, with its ‘molecules’ and ‘bug…

Editorial Eye 66

Issue 66, Winter 2007

Opinion

The revelation may not be earth-shattering, but it can be humbling: the solution is not…

Editorial Eye 65

Issue 65, Autumn 2007

Opinion

Talking about design is not the same as writing about design, and blogging is somewhere…

Editorial Eye 63

Issue 63, Spring 2007

Opinion

Whenever people ask how to get their work into Eye, I’m reminded of the ancient joke…

Editorial Eye 62

Issue 62, Winter 2006

Opinion

My battered Collins dictionary lists nineteen meanings for the word ‘character’, noting that it comes from…

Editorial Eye 61

Issue 61, Autumn 2006

Opinion

A few years ago, when interviewing Abbott Miller for Reputations (Eye no. 45 vol. 12) I…

Editorial Eye 60

Issue 60, Summer 2006

Opinion

One of the ‘hidden themes’ that occasionally resonates through Eye’s pages is that of ‘life after…

The Vignellis: a thoroughly Modernist marriage

Issue 60, Summer 2006

Opinion

Lella and Massimo Vignelli talk to Eye’sJohn L. Walters and Simon Esterson

Editorial Eye 59

Issue 59, Spring 2006

Opinion

Relational aesthetics, advertising, type design, photography, identity and Richard Hollis; the editor attempts to summarise the latest issue

Editorial Eye 58

Issue 58, Winter 2005

Opinion

The editor summarises the contents of the latest issue of Eye

Editorial Eye 57

Issue 57, Autumn 2005

Opinion

The editor summarises the contents of the latest issue of Eye

Editorial Eye 56

Issue 56, Summer 2005

Opinion

The editor summarises the contents of the latest issue of Eye

Editorial Eye 55

Issue 55, Spring 2005

Opinion

The editor summarises the contents of the latest issue of Eye

Editorial Eye 53

Issue 53, Autumn 2004

Opinion

Every now and then I run into an old acquaintance from my musical past – a…

Editorial Eye 52

Issue 52, Summer 2004

Opinion

‘Social vision’, Paul Rennie’s account of wartime industrial safety posters, many taken from his own…

Editorial Eye 48

Issue 48, Summer 2003

Opinion

There are times when graphic design seems stuck in what Lorraine Wild called the Great Tao…

Editorial Eye 47

Issue 47, Spring 2003

Opinion

There is a certain kind of urban store which in addition to stocking magazines and books…

Editorial Eye 46

Issue 46, Winter 2002

Opinion

This ‘Australian special issue’ of Eye marks the first time that the magazine has chosen…

Editorial Eye 44

Issue 44, Summer 2002

Opinion

Why Homer liked graphic design conferences

Editorial Eye 39

Issue 39, Spring 2001

Opinion

An old German saying claims that the Devil hides in the details. Most designers, aligning…

Editorial Eye 37

Issue 37, Autumn 2000

Opinion

The editors of a magazine featured in ‘Visual journalism’ (Eye no. 36 vol. 9), though…

Editorial Eye 36

Issue 36, Summer 2000

Opinion

When El Lissitzky dreamt of the future in his 1926 essay “Our Book”, he may…

Editorial Eye 35

Issue 35, Spring 2000

Opinion

Whenever there is a burning issue, be it the end of illustration or the ethics of…

Editorial Eye 38

Issue 38, Winter 2000

Opinion

Anniversaries – the landmarks, jubilees and significant milestones favoured by journalists and broadcasters – should…

Editorial Eye 33

Issue 33, Autumn 1999

Opinion

The first editorial by Eye’s new editor

Editorial Eye 34

Issue 34, Winter 1999

Opinion

Though we have designated this edition a ‘Public realm special issue’, it could be argued…

Editorial Eye 45

Issue 45, Autumn 2002

Opinion

Though Eye 45 began its life as a ‘typography special', we thought it fairer –…

Editorial Eye 76

Issue 76, Summer 2010

Opinion

Introducing Eye’s first-ever music design special …

Editorial Eye 43

Issue 43, Spring 2002

Opinion

Eye goes live

Editorial Eye 49

Issue 49, Autumn 2003

Opinion

There is a moment in Adrian Shaughnessy’s profile of Angela Lorenz where the latter talks…

Editorial Eye 71

Issue 71, Spring 2009

Opinion

This issue of Eye, a ‘type special’, celebrates a great era for the art, craft…

Editorial Eye 64

Issue 64, Summer 2007

Opinion

There’s nothing like working on a quarterly magazine for giving one an acute sense of…

Editorial Eye no. 40, vol. 10 [full text]

Issue 40, Summer 2001

Opinion

Many designers and design writers have talked about the \'new simplicity\', an approach characterised by straightforward…

Editorial Eye 42

Issue 42, Winter 2001

Opinion

The physical materials that make up a magazine are straightforward and predictable: there is no need…

Editorial Eye 41

Issue 41, Autumn 2001

Opinion

Eye’s second redesign in its ten-year history

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23 June 2022
Book design, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography, Events and exhibitions

Buy your tickets for ‘Book night!’ – Eye’s next Type Tuesday – and help raise money for St Bride

Eye’s first Book night! will feature presentations by acclaimed designers Giles Dunn, Sonya Dyakova, Hugh Miller and Jim Sutherland, chaired by David Pearson and Eye editor John L. Walters

Come to the Eye 101 launch

3 June 2021
Book design, Design education, Design history, Food design, Graphic design, Posters, Type Tuesday

Please join Anette Lenz, Mario Eskenazi, Jim Sutherland & Elizabeth Resnick next Tuesday 8 June to celebrate Eye’s latest issue
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The printed howl

20 February 2021
Graphic design, Posters, Visual culture

Though locked down in London, this exhibition of letterpress protest posters has plenty of messages for the world
If the past few years have felt like one long trail of division, doom and…

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…

Twisted characters

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Design history, Graphic design

Hamish Smyth’s wordmarks for Gaslit Nation and Bellingcat are memorable graphic identities for organisations that fight populism and disinformation with solid research and truth. By John L. Walters
Hamish Smyth’s identity for the Gaslit Nation podcast is a smart piece of design for…

Sunday photo-painter

31 January 2020
Photography, Typography, Visual culture

In the early 1950s, Swiss designer Gérard Ifert walked the streets of Paris on quiet Sundays, taking pictures of the colourmen’s shopfronts
The ‘designer as photographer’ is a trope that has been much explored in articles, books…

MagCulture Live 2019

20 November 2019
Graphic design, Magazines, Typography, Visual culture

The conference formerly known as ModMag gave magazine makers plenty to think about, and reasons to be optimistic
The ‘magCulture Live’ day of presentations by editors, art directors and publishers was one of…

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24 June 2019

Lucinda Rogers finds something rich and strange in the streets of New York. Her drawings will be the subject of a substantial book – if it gets the support it needs via crowdfunding
The city is both familiar from movies and books and utterly alien at the same…

Hacking Gutenberg

13 March 2019
Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Type Tuesday, Typography

Eye’s Type Tuesday about 21st-Century letterpress featured Double Dagger, The Counter Press and Erik Spiekermann. A splendid time was had by all
Erik Spiekermann opened his talk at Type Tuesday on 5 March 2019 with some ruminations…

Search for a star (librarian)

20 November 2018
Critical path, Design education, Design history, Information design, Type Tuesday, Typography

St Bride Library is looking for someone to take charge of its extraordinary archive
The ad looks almost mundane at first glance, tucked away on a site called lisjobnet.com…

New York state of mag

24 May 2018
Graphic design, Magazines, Visual culture

ModMag takes Manhattan next Wednesday for a one-day celebration of magazine-making with Gail Bichler, Richard Turley, Emily Oberman and more
Anyone who has attended or taken part in London’s annual Modern Magazine conference will know…

Independence day

10 April 2018
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Magazines, Type Tuesday, Typography, Visual culture

Over the past decade, Eye magazine has not only survived but thrived
Ten years ago, on 10 April 2008, Eye became an independent magazine, owned by the…

Music deco

25 February 2018
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Visual culture

‘Rhythm & Reaction’ gets under the skin of a British love affair with American jazz
Jazz first came to Britain as a visual and cultural style – rather than as…

Two tribes

27 November 2017
Awards madness, Critical path, Graphic design, Magazines

It’s always fun to win awards. But what do two wildly different ceremonies tell us about the state of magazine design, editing and publishing? By John L. Walters
Last week I attended two magazine awards ceremonies on two successive days. I don’t make…

Sea levellers

18 September 2017
Visual culture

The 2017 Folkestone Triennial turns this seaside town into an open-air gallery for a kind of applied conceptual art … with a graphic edge
Folkestone is hosting its fourth Triennial, a two-month-long festival of contemporary art that can be…

Books received #28 (music and visual culture)

6 September 2017
Book design, Graphic design, Music design, Photography, Visual culture

The design and look of music – from classical CDs and rave culture to stock (library) album covers and jazz photography
Here are some musically inclined books that came to our attention in recent months. Spread…

Felt-tip fundamentals

25 July 2017
Book design, Design education, Graphic design, Reviews, Technology, Visual culture

Ink soaks into paper as Daniel Eatock’s mark-making processes result in a riot of colour
Designer and artist Daniel Eatock has a good-natured but unswerving way of reducing things to…

Brief encounters and the pleasures of ambiguity

16 June 2017
Design history, Food design, Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, New media

Design, illustration, animation and anecdotes at Here London 2017
Here London, It’s Nice That’s annual conference, has become an established fixture on the design…

Porto’s studio culture

1 June 2017
Awards madness, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Posters, Typography

This year’s European Design Awards ceremony was held in the city of Porto, which is about to launch an international design biennale
Last weekend, designers from all over Europe converged on Porto for the European Design Awards…

Friendships and glue

30 May 2017
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

A book of scrapbook pages gives new insights into the world of illustrator Edward Bawden
Designer-illustrator Edward Bawden is remembered for a prolific career that embraced posters, book covers, illustrations…

Talented talent-spotter

17 January 2017
Book design, Graphic design, Magazines, Posters, Typography

Unit Editions’ second book about Herb Lubalin zeroes in on his ‘expressive typography’ and his gifted collaborators
Unit Editions’ Herb Lubalin: Typographer is a slimmer, more compact volume than the publisher’s popular…

Giancarlo Ilipriandi (1925-2016)

4 October 2016
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Posters, Typography

A recent interview with the distinguished and prolific Milan designer, who died on 15 September 2016 at the age of 91.
In the summer of 2015, Giancarlo Iliprandi came to London for the Fedrigoni-initiated exhibition Made…

Roger Perry’s London letters

10 March 2016
Book design, Design history, Typography, Visual culture

A ‘replica reissue’ of The Writing on the Wall’, designed by Pearce Marchbank, delivers a gritty slab of mid-1970s graffiti
The Writing on the Wall (Plain Crisp Books) is a recent, Kickstarter-financed ‘replica reissue’ of…

The calm collector

24 February 2016
Book design, Brand madness, Design history, Graphic design

A new collection of Steve Hare’s writing demonstrates an erudite passion for the design and content of Penguin Books
The late Steve Hare (1950-2015) was one of those writers that every editor appreciates, writes…

Pop justice

30 September 2015
Illustration, New media, Reviews, Visual culture

The curators of ‘The World Goes Pop’ have scoured the globe for overlooked and under-appreciated artists from a moment when art collided with the mass media
It is hard to dislike ‘The World Goes Pop’ (Tate Modern), with its mad visual…

Illustrated gumbo

27 August 2015
Book design, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture

A children’s picturebook about jazz musician Trombone Shorty brims with positive vibes
The story of children’s picturebook Trombone Shorty is a familiar one, writes John L. Walters…

The freedom principle

19 August 2015
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

Thierry Noir channels the improvisatory spirit of Berlin in ‘Jazz’ at the Howard Griffin Gallery
Thierry Noir is the street artist’s street artist, painting outdoor surfaces (famously the Berlin Wall)…

Was, is & will be

29 June 2015
Graphic design, Typography

For its 160th anniversary, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph unveils a new masthead, crest and typefaces
Some news outlets have a hard time staying in business for more than a generation…

Observer’s post

15 April 2015
Design history, Illustration, Reviews, Visual culture

Watercolours by Eric Ravilious at South London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery
With its verdant gardens, mausoleum (with sarcophaguses) and a smart tea-room, the Dulwich Picture Gallery…

Full bleed

13 February 2015
Book design, Music design, Typography, Visual culture

The catalogue for Glenn Ligon’s Come Out evokes the power and brutal claustrophobia of Steve Reich’s 1966 tape composition, first made to raise legal expenses for the Harlem Six.
The catalogue for Glenn Ligon’s Come Out is a picture book full of words, based…

AK and A23D on press

18 September 2014
Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Technology, Typography

Two 21st-century letterpress projects breathe new life into this arcane, antiquated but much-loved method of mark-making
The LDF’s opening graphic weekend featured plenty of stimulating events and fascinating displays, with workshops…

Design for eating: Milton Glaser

15 July 2014
Food design, Graphic design, Illustration, Typography

Milton Glaser recalls working with an inspirational client – the great New York restaurateur Joe Baum (1920-98). Interview by John L. Walters
New York designer Milton Glaser has long been associated with design for food and drink…

Poster engineer

8 July 2014
Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Reviews

Naomi Games profiles the life and work of her father Abram Games in this recent book from the Antique Collectors’ Club
Flaubert once wrote that when one writes the biography of a friend or relative, one…

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…

Comp up the volume

18 December 2013
Posters, Reviews, Typography, Visual culture

A loud new book pays tribute to the Colby Poster Printing Company of LA and their clients, from artists to junk dealers
This new book is a riotous feast of posters produced in recent decades by the…

Insanely integrated, day one

12 November 2013
Design history, Graphic design, Posters, Reviews, Technology, Visual culture

Despite its vague theme of ‘The fluidity in-between …’, the Integrated2013 conference in Antwerp was sharp and entertaining
The biannual Integrated conference organised by Hugo Puttaert, can seem bewilderingly complex at first glance…

The gospel of Dave

30 October 2013
Book design, Food design, Illustration, Music design, Visual culture

Graphic Renaissance man Dave McKean sings two of his Nine Lives and launches Sandman Overture at Foyles’ 3rd floor gallery
Dave McKean is a prolific illustrator, film director, animator, designer and self-publisher – the bearded…

Whodunnit?

23 October 2013
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines

Last few days to catch the exhibition ‘Romek Marber: Graphics’ at the Minories in Colchester.
If you live within a few hours of Colchester in Essex, I strongly recommend a…

See and hear

22 August 2013
Music design, Photography, Reviews, Visual culture

If you have an interest in the intersection of sound and visual culture and you’re…

Cover story

8 August 2013
Brand madness, Graphic design, Magazines, Photography, Posters, Visual culture

You’ve seen that face before. But why is Jeanne Moreau (as seen in La Notte) staring soulfully from the cover of Eye 85?
The cover of the current issue, Eye 85, has attracted lots of (largely welcome) attention…

Babylon aan ’t IJ

12 July 2013
Illustration, Music design, New media, Reviews

Brooklyn Babylon, a multimedia spectacular by Darcy James Argue and Danijel Žeželj, raises the roof at the Holland Festival
In the critic’s lexicon, there are few terms more problematic than ‘multimedia’, writes John L…

Chair man

19 June 2013
Magazines, Photography, Reviews

London’s Estorick Collection shows the work of Giorgio Casali, the photographer who framed Domus’s modernist dream
The Estorick Collection is one of London’s smaller galleries, just a short walk from Highbury…

Jazz in print

14 November 2012
Graphic design, Music design, Photography, Typography

Matt Willey’s sumptuous brochure for UK radio station JazzFM evokes a golden age of magazine and LP sleeve art direction.
Jazz and radio came of age around the same time, the 1920s, when ‘physical music’…

The purpose of posters

3 October 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Posters, Visual culture

London Transport’s spare posters go under the hammer at Christie’s tomorrow.
‘Of course it's not about graphic design,’ said my friend, glancing at the high proportion…

The Olympic press gang

26 July 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Magazines, Photography

Editorial designers get into the fast lane to deliver print for the Games
One big, but largely unsung design challenge of the 2012 Olympic Games has been the…

Type Tuesday: Reputations

3 July 2012
Graphic design, Magazines, Technology, Typography

Commercial Type’s Christian Schwartz & Paul Barnes – interviewed in Eye 82
‘There has been typography on the Web for its entire existence, because there are words…

Music, flesh and fantasy

21 June 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Reviews, Visual culture

When Mati Klarwein’s hyperactive paintings stole the psychedelic show.
Mati Klarwein is best known for a handful of album covers in the very early…

Sonorama panorama

12 June 2012
Magazines, Music design, New media, Technology

A French magazine that put a new light (and spin) on musical multimedia
This June issue of French magazine Sonorama includes reports from the Cannes film festival, writes…

Type Tuesday: West coast ghosts

29 May 2012
Design education, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Music design, Typography, Visual culture

This Emigre type specimen celebrates a lost era of LPs and recording studios
I once heard someone dismiss a former boyfriend with the put-down, ‘he’s the sort of…

Full tilt

11 May 2012
Music design, New media, Reviews, Technology, Visual culture

Glass & Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach liberates the space-time continuum.
Though I missed the UK premiere* of Einstein on the Beach by Robert Wilson and…

Clicks and sparks

27 April 2012
Information design, Reviews, Technology, Visual culture

data.anatomy – Ryoji Ikeda’s new audiovisual installation in Berlin
Ryoji Ikeda’s work quivers somewhere between electronic music, digital art, installation and performance, writes John…

Blue notebook

19 April 2012
Book design, Music design, Photography, Reviews

David Wild’s Jazzpaths is a personal and poetic ‘photomemento’
David Wild’s Jazzpaths is labelled a ‘photomemento’. It is a carefully printed hardback collection of mid-1960s…

Javier & Fernando & Bebo

25 February 2012
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Technology, Visual culture

Mariscal’s full length movie Chico & Rita is in the running for an Oscar
As this weekend’s 84th Academy Awards ceremony brings the season of movie awards madness to…

Getting away with murder

2 February 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Photography, Reviews, Typography, Visual culture

Good, bad and ugly cover ‘tributes’: a new spin on the death of music design.
The album cover may have lost its mojo as far as contemporary culture is concerned…

One day, all this will be ours

26 January 2012
Design education, Design history, Graphic design, Information design, New media, Technology

Getting ready for the hyperbolic new Design Museum in Albertopolis.
The new Design Museum, slated to open in 2014, is cause for celebration in London’s…

Type Tuesday: Private Eye

18 October 2011
Design history, Graphic design, Magazines, Technology, Typography

Matthew Carter’s timeless typographic masthead for Private Eye magazine
Tony Rushton has been art director of satirical magazine Private Eye for 49 of its…

Who’s who

4 October 2011
Book design, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Posters

High-octane graphic design in Barcelona for AGI Open
AGI Open is a high-octane assemblage of graphic designers with international reputations, performing to a…

Awesomely awesome FOTB

16 September 2011
Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, New media, Reviews, Technology

Buzzwords and the inspiration of improv at the Brighton codefest
If you were to play buzz-word bingo at Brighton’s ‘Flash on the Beach’, the squares…

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…

Port of entry

24 February 2011
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines, Typography, Visual culture

Two art directors and an editor launch a brand new men’s magazine
You could be forgiven for thinking that the cold Spring of 2011, with its cutbacks…

Sound and vision #1

9 November 2010
Music design, New media, Visual culture

Time to find some new, meaningful associations between music + design.
Think about design for music, and record covers spring to mind, writes John Walters. (See…

The cover that never was

6 May 2010
Graphic design, Illustration, Magazines

Is Chris Ware’s rejected cover for Fortune 500 right on the money?
The world of graphic design is full of images that never were, writes John L…

Text without type

3 February 2010
Graphic design, New media, Typography

Building Sound: can a website work with just speech, space and colour?
Here’s an interesting sound-based concept – a website that has no type or lettering whatsoever…

Fine words for Kitching / Stothard

19 November 2009
Design education, Graphic design, Posters, Technology, Typography, Visual culture

Breathing life into the dying embers of letterpress … to light graphic fireworks
The great thing about spoken tributes, when they’re done well, is that they give the…

Never mind the music

11 November 2009
Awards madness, Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Photography, Visual culture

Your chance to vote for the best of 2009’s vinyl sleeve art
Formats come and formats go (and MP3s are going the way of cassettes now that…

The right lines

30 October 2009
Graphic design, Illustration, Music design, Posters

iwant’s illustrative identity for the London Jazz Festival
Album covers may be a dying art, but design for live music is thriving, writes…

Record design framed

22 September 2008
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Photography, Reviews, Visual culture

Does ‘Spin’ reduce graphic design to the level of art on a wall?
The Spin exhibition is small, free, easy to find (if you’re in or near London)…

Two degrees of (colour) separation

5 September 2008
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Posters

Graphic Rolling Stones artefacts are saved for the nation
It began with a letter – addressed to the designer at the Royal College of…