22 October 2021

Style and satire

Style and satire

Anne Braybon

What happened when Private Eye went to Town? Anne Braybon reveals a curious link between two very different 1960s magazines
In March 1962 Private Eye published About, a parody of About Town magazine, writes Anne Braybon.

15 October 2021

Dreamscapes in miniature

Dreamscapes in miniature

Michèle Woodger

Michèle Woodger reviews ‘Shaping Space: Architectural Models Revealed’ at London’s Building Centre
Architectural models are a vehicle for cross-pollination between design disciplines, as I discovered at ‘Shaping Space: Architectural Models Revealed’, writes Michèle Woodger.

22 September 2021

Books received #47

Books received #47

Eye editors

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.

14 September 2021

Always drawn, never written

Always drawn, never written

Jan Middendorp

This unusual biography of book designer Helmut Salden (1910-96) shows the processes behind his lettering for dust jackets. By Jan Middendorp
Helmut Salden (1910-96) was the most productive book cover designer in the Netherlands, during the postwar era, writes Jan Middendorp.

8 September 2021

Year of the pictograms

Year of the pictograms

Gabriela Matuszyk

‘Tokyo 1964’ demonstrates the lasting influence of that year’s games on design for the Olympics
As this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games were nearing their end, an exhibition exploring the legacy of Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics opened at Japan House in London. ‘Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow’ is a comprehensive case study of the 1964 Olympics and its lasting design legacy, writes Gabriela Matuszyk.

27 August 2021

Books received #46

Books received #46

Eye editors

Dosłownie by Janusz Górski; Eco Worrier by James Marsh; Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives
Here are three titles that caught our attention in recent months.

9 August 2021

A new space for illustration

A new space for illustration

archive, quentin blake

A derelict waterworks site in London’s Clerkenwell will become the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, the world’s largest public arts space dedicated to ‘art with a job to do’. By Clare Walters
In two years’ time, London’s re-named House of Illustration (formerly based in Granary Square, King’s Cross) will be moving into the new Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, writes Clare Walters.

2 August 2021

Saturday afternoon fever

Saturday afternoon fever

Nick Bell

Muddy Dance is a slender, large-format, velour-covered volume of black and white photographic prints assembled by artist, designer, curator and KesselsKramer creative director Erik Kessels, writes Nick Bell.

16 July 2021

Books received #45

Books received #45

Eye editors

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 corner of the Eye office.

9 July 2021

Beyond The Bell Jar

Beyond The Bell Jar

Ruth Sykes

Shirley Tucker’s book cover designs, made during her long career with Faber, show a sure command of image, lettering and typography. By Ruth Sykes
Book cover designer Shirley Tucker (b. 1930) is known for her iconic jacket for Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, published by Faber & Faber in 1966. But the rest of her career is less well documented writes Ruth Sykes.
 
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