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The pandemic that launched a thousand visualisations

Issue 101, Summer 2021


Covid-19 has generated a growth in information design and an opportunity to compare different ways of visualising the impact of this deadly virus. By Paul Kahn

Brand in the hand

Issue 94, Summer 2017


In Melbourne, more than a century ago, a ‘printer’s fist’ inadvertently became one of the earliest corporate identities

James Mosley: A life in objects

Issue 90, Summer 2015


Through his ideas, collecting and dogged research, the former St Bride librarian has shown that printing history can be both lively and opinionated. The world of typography owes him a great debt

Crash covers

Issue 52, Summer 2004


J. G. Ballard’s novel resists attempts to summarise it with a single image

Physical display

Issue 67, Spring 2008


How lettering is made for public display: hand-cutting in wood and stone, & routing in metal and plastic

Art without its bitter history

Issue 23, Winter 1996


I have a problem with Stalin’s face. He looked exactly like my cat. Exactly. This…

Punk uncovered: an unofficial history of provincial opposition

Issue 33, Autumn 1999


British punk gave a sound, a voice and a visual currency to the disenfranchised and remote. Overlooked, uncelebrated and difficult – the output of the anonymous artworkers who packaged the vinyl spewed out by punk’s first waves captured the oppositional (and occasionally political) spirit of the time. By Russell Bestley and Ian Noble.

Talking pictures

Issue 11, Winter 1993


The comic book speech bubble has evolved into a highly expressive form of vernacular lettering

Poundtastic bombastic


Is there is a graphic mismatch between Poundland’s presentation and its ambitions? Critique by Rick Poynor

Beer: the real thing


Beer labels promise authenticity and reliability. But what about taste? Critique by Rick Poynor

Visual systems of life and death

Issue 101, Summer 2021


In this appendix to ‘The pandemic that launched a thousand visualisations’, Paul Kahn outlines more of the dynamic visual systems that help our understanding of Covid-19

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Covid visualisations: 2023 update

6 February 2023
Design history, Information design, Motion graphics

Paul Kahn reflects upon the way Covid-19 data visualisations and reporting have changed over the past three years

In 2021, when ‘The pandemic that launched a thousand visualisations’ was published in Eye 101, there were hundreds of visualisations per week

Books of seaside revelations

3 June 2020
Book design, Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

Guidebooks have enticed visitors to resorts since the nineteenth century. The third in Justin Burns’s series about coastal graphic design in the UK
For decades, the guidebook has navigated visitors through the bright lights of the seaside, showcasing…

Ghosts of designbots yet to come

21 December 2016
Critical path, Design education, Graphic design, Technology

Automated graphic design and the rise of robot creatives – Francisco Laranjo files a critical report from the perspective of Christmas 2025
From our perspective here in 2025, it all seems inevitable, writes Francisco Laranjo. But maybe…

What we pretend to be

2 December 2015
Illustration, Visual culture

Pulp fiction, Pussy Riot and The Jungle: art dealer-artist duo The Connor Brothers question our perceptions of reality
London’s Hang-Up Gallery hosted a launch party on 12 November for an exhibition by The…

Beer signs in the grain belt

13 January 2015
Food design, Graphic design, Type Tuesday, Typography, Visual culture

Water, grain and time converge at the source of the Mississippi in Minnesota. Steven McCarthy tastes the typefaces and signs that brand his local beers
Minnesota has abundant quantities of beer’s two main ingredients: water and grain, writes Steven McCarthy…

Straight from the gentleman in Whitehall

21 May 2014
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Information design, Posters

Information posters told British citizens what to do about nearly everything – from posting early to eating potatoes, writes Clare Walters
From protecting national secrets to guiding work choices, from cleaning our teeth to dish-washing, public…

Printer wonderland

14 December 2012
New media, Technology, Visual culture

‘A Printer’s Tale’, in London next Monday evening, looks at new ways in which the worlds of physical and digital can be plugged together
We’ve known for some time that, despite the unerring rise of digital technologies, print is…

Hand-made in Cambodia

21 November 2012
Illustration, Typography, Visual culture

Painted signs enliven the streetscapes of Kratie, a sleepy provincial capital in North East Cambodia.
Cambodia is a country awash with hand-painted signs, writes Sam Roberts. They form an integral…

The notes may be fabricated

31 July 2012
Design history, Graphic design, Illustration, Visual culture

Alternative currencies show that money is just an idea that can be redesigned. By Livia Lima
We live in an age when it is difficult to trust our banks, writes Livia…

Historical digital #2

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

Grow your own. Generating unique images with Processing.
In Eye 65, we published ‘Grow your own’, an article by Luke Prowse that was…

Off the wall

15 July 2009
Visual culture

Just a little fun? Or advertising that plumbs new depths of cynicism?
If Lee and Dan’s fake suicide bomber ad* ‘for’ Volkswagen a few years back seemed…