13 April 2010

Who’s responsible?

Who’s responsible?

steven mccarthy

We need to redefine the ethical implications of design
The web site of the AIGA Toledo’s Response_ability: Ethics and Sustainability in Design Education conference opens with this 1996 quote by Hans-Rudolf Lutz, writes Steven McCarthy: ‘One of the tragedies of the design scene is that it always acts too late.’

12 April 2010

Bound for glory?

Bound for glory?

the events department

Fraser Muggeridge: current exhibition and July typography summer school
Fraser Muggeridge is one of the three designers recently featured in ‘They work with words’ in Eye 75 (the article will be available online later this week).

9 April 2010

Peake’s Wonderland

Peake’s Wonderland

john ridpath

‘And what is the use of a book, without pictures or conversation?’
Lewis Carroll’s surreal Alice books have provided endless inspiration for visual reworkings, leaving behind a graphic history as unpredictable and contrary as his protagonist’s trip down the rabbit hole, writes John Ridpath.

8 April 2010

Making a difference

Making a difference

the events department

The future’s green, according to the Design Museum
Can designers make a difference? Judging by Sustainable Futures, a new exhibition at London’s Design Museum, the answer is an optimistic ‘yes we can’.

7 April 2010

Berlin snapshots: Pentagram

Berlin snapshots: Pentagram

berlin snapshots

Wide streets, a metropolitan lifestyle … and major clients
Berlin, according to its charismatic mayor Klaus Wowereit, is ‘poor but sexy’. So it may not be the obvious location for an established international practice such as Pentagram.

6 April 2010

On the road

On the road

Scouring Montana for the last roadside signs of America
The commercial landscape in the United States is dominated by national brand name stores and their insistence on consistency and predictability, writes Mike Kippenhan. This, coupled with cheaper and faster ways of producing signage, namely the use of printed acrylics and computer generated designs, is making roadside signage in the United States more and more visually homogeneous.

2 April 2010

Athens snapshots: G

Athens snapshots: G

athens snapshots, john ridpath

‘We live in a country that’s always striving to find its new identity’
Returning to Athens for another snapshot, we were happy to find a copy of Eye 74 sharing space with the studio’s own design work, writes John Ridpath.

31 March 2010

Type technology

Type technology

joe newton, veer

How new OpenType software is helping typography go retro
While a number of talented graphic designers have dabbled in type design, creating very charming and playful fonts, it takes a real type design professional to engage the full potential offered by font design software, writes Veer’s Joe Newton.

30 March 2010

No wasted space

No wasted space

the form of the book

McSweeney’s celebrates its vision of independent publishing
We’ve always had a soft spot for Timothy McSweeney’s quarterly, which wormed its way into our consciousness around the century’s end, and has kept us entertained and stimulated ever since.

29 March 2010

Visual ping-pong

Visual ping-pong

john ridpath

Designers in London and Berlin have started a creative conversation.
It’s good to talk, and this year’s Art Of Conversation has started up a unique dialogue between graphic designers, writes John Ridpath.
 
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