Design history

5 December 2018

Drawing up Modern man

Drawing up Modern man

Neurath and Kahn – the impresarios of early twentieth-century infographics. Review of Image Factories. Infographics 1920-1945
Image Factories. Infographics 1920-1945’s humble appearance belies its contents – a wealth of precious knowledge and visuals, and an elaborate inner design that uses three different papers and special colour prints, writes Sandra Rendgen.

30 November 2018

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

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

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 hope that many of you will be joining us for the final Eye event of the year.

20 November 2018

Search for a star (librarian)

Search for a star (librarian)

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, which is for ‘Library & Information’ jobs. Yet what it is advertising is one of the most crucial roles in type and design history: the job of Librarian at St Bride Printing Library in London, writes John L. Walters.

9 November 2018

If you know where to look …

If you know where to look …

Graphic design academics assemble in Sheffield to prepare for the next REF, the Research Excellence Framework. Report by Steve Rigley
The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which takes place every seven years, is the means by which UK funding councils assess the quality and impact of academic research in higher education, writes Steve Rigley.

27 September 2018

AGI’s Mexican handover

AGI’s Mexican handover

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 the annual Congress and AGI Open, the former just for members, the latter a star-studded (and now sold-out) public conference from 28-29 September 2018.

6 September 2018

‘XXX’ marks the spot

‘XXX’ marks the spot

Letter Exchange, a network of professionals in the lettering arts, type design and typography, is to host a conference in Cambridge in October
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Letter Exchange, the organisation for professionals in the lettering arts, and to celebrate, we are hosting a conference in Cambridge, entitled ‘XXX’, writes conference organiser Mark Noad.

13 August 2018

Soft sell machines

Soft sell machines

A rare insight into the ‘quietly hilarious’ advertising artwork of William Heath Robinson.
William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was a prolific artist and illustrator whose name has entered the dictionary as a way of describing excessively convoluted processes using people and machines, writes Andrew Robertson. 

26 July 2018

Weapons of craft and satire

Weapons of craft and satire

A satirical, eighteenth-century revival is heading for London’s Oxo Tower Wharf. Curator Meredith Kasabian (Pre-Vinylite Society) sets the scene
This August the Pre-Vinylite Society will present a London show lasting just four days. ‘The Grand Exhibition of the Pre-Vinylite Society: An 18th Century Revival’ is a contemporary interpretation of a historic satirical exhibition, writes curator and sign painter Meredith Kasabian

4 July 2018

Invisible women in Australian graphic design

Invisible women in Australian graphic design

The ‘afFEMation’ project throws new light on influential women in Australian design history. Jane Connory explains her multifaceted project
The afFEMation project stems from my belief that designers included in the history of Australian graphic design should be measured by their local influence rather than by their connections abroad, writes Jane Connory.

17 June 2018

Bawden galore

Bawden galore

This summer sees a host of opportunities to enjoy the work of Edward Bawden, with exhibitions in Dulwich, Saffron Walden and Morley College, new publications and an Eye event on Fri 13 July
Admirers of Edward Bawden (1903-1989) will have a heyday this summer, with an assortment of new exhibitions, catalogues and books to enjoy, writes Clare Walters.
 
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