Design history

28 February 2014

Design for life

Design for life

To mark First Things First’s 50th anniversary – an initiative to update the manifesto’s aims for the digital age
If you are not a graphic designer, you are unlikely to have heard of the ‘First Things First’ manifesto, writes Nigel Ball.

13 February 2014

Book of revelations

Book of revelations

Michael Rock delivers more words about buildings and fnord
The uncontroversial premise of Multiple Signatures is that design is a collaborative act, writes David Crowley.

4 February 2014

Books received #6

Books received #6

Fabriano, Sint Lucas University, Illustration Next, Roy G. Biv and Eduardo Paolozzi at New Worlds
Here is a brief look at some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.

28 January 2014

Sale of the century?

Sale of the century?

Antique or academic resource? Dan Rhatigan considers a dilemma: the disposal of type design archives once consigned to the scrapheap
On 5 January 2014, an episode of BBC Television’s popular Antiques Roadshow caught the attention of many typographers and lovers of type, writes Dan Rhatigan.

24 January 2014

Ken Briggs: 1931-2013

Ken Briggs: 1931-2013

A great Modernist graphic designer. Fraser Muggeridge pays tribute
Ken Briggs has died at his home in Eltham, South London aged 82 after struggling for several years with Parkinson’s disease. He is best known for the hundreds of posters and programmes he designed for The National Theatre in London during the 1960s, writes Fraser Muggeridge.

20 January 2014

With a gun

With a gun

The Cuban OSPAAAL posters in Kemistry’s show pack a macho sense of déjà vu, says Colin Davies.
Walk into Kemistry’s OSPAAAL exhibition in Shoreditch and you might be hit by the Cuban posters’ familiarity – there’s a sense of déjà vu, writes Colin Davies.

9 January 2014

Colours of Soviet film posters

Colours of Soviet film posters

Elena Sudakova and Lutz Becker curate Soviet silent film posters from the 1920s and 30s, on display at London’s GRAD gallery from 17 January
GRAD Gallery for Russian Arts and Design, in collaboration with online poster gallery AntikBar, is hosting a poster exhibition in London this month, and it is a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in the visual arts and communications, writes Alex Cameron.

4 December 2013

Type Tuesday – 10 December 2013

Type Tuesday – 10 December 2013

Archive night with Lucienne Roberts, Rathna Ramanathan, Fraser Muggeridge, Gerry Leonidas, Ken Garland, Simon Esterson and Martin Andrews
Next week we’ll be hosting another Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London. This time it’s an ‘archive night’ in collaboration with the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading.

28 November 2013

A century of lick and stick

A century of lick and stick

Michael Russem’s Postage Stamps By AIGA Medalists features graphic design in miniature from 1909-2007
Michael Russem’s book Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists,  showcases almost every known stamp designed by a medallist, writes Meredith Thomas.

18 November 2013

Design city in a hurry

Design city in a hurry

Singapore’s graphic design story matches the city-state’s dramatic narrative, but this breathless overview leaves little time for reflection
In the introduction to Independence: The History of Graphic Design in Singpore since the 1990s, author Justin Zhuang quotes Deyan Sudjic, ‘design is the language that a society uses to create objects that reflect its purposes and values’, writes Steve Rigley.
 
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