Design history

19 August 2015

The freedom principle

The freedom principle

Thierry Noir channels the improvisatory spirit of Berlin in ‘Jazz’ at the Howard Griffin Gallery
Thierry Noir is the street artist’s street artist, painting outdoor surfaces (famously the Berlin Wall) all over the world for more than 30 years, adding colour, line and a quizzical cheerfulness to public spaces, writes John L. Walters.

12 August 2015

Type Tuesday: Web 1.0

Type Tuesday: Web 1.0

The first generation of Web designers laid the foundations of the way we now work, play, share, buy, sell and participate in society. Digital archeologist Jim Boulton introduces four of the pioneers on 1 September at St Bride Library
When Tim Berners-Lee launched the first website in August 1991, it ran on the NeXTSTEP operating system. Only those with access to a cutting edge NeXT computer could view it. The Web was far from worldwide, writes Jim Boulton.

7 July 2015

Posters of protest and peace

Posters of protest and peace

This Czech poster book contains much that is fresh and surprising, but makes some odd omissions. Review by Ken Garland
The context for the work shown in this book is usefully established by the 70 photographs that form its endpapers, writes Ken Garland.

18 June 2015

The man who branded Sainsbury’s

The man who branded Sainsbury’s

Sheffield designer Leonard Beaumont created the UK supermarket’s first postwar identity
Sheffield-born Leonard Beaumont (1891-1986) was the graphic designer who gave Sainsbury’s supermarkets and products a consistent identity in the postwar era.

13 June 2015

Milan in Shoreditch

Milan in Shoreditch

Celebrated at Eye’s 12 June event, ‘Made In Italy’ is a book and an (all-too-short) exhibition with work by Grignani, Iliprandi, Noorda and many more
Eye’s ‘Made In Italy’ event took place on 2015’s hottest day (so far) at a packed Protein Gallery in Shoreditch last night.

5 June 2015

A glimpse of Italian graphics

A glimpse of Italian graphics

‘Made In Italy’, a brief chance to see the work of midcentury Italian graphic design masters – Friday 12 & Saturday 13 June 2015
Next week there’s a brief chance for Londoners to see work by some postwar masters of Italian graphic design, including Bob Noorda, Heinz Waibl, Giancarlo Iliprandi and Franco Grignani
. Eye magazine will also be hosting a special event on Friday 12 June.

2 June 2015

Retrogressive

Retrogressive

An archive of historical, ‘aw shucks’ clip art shows a clipped version of history, says Steven McCarthy
One afternoon about fifteen years ago, my University of Minnesota office phone rang, writes Steven McCarthy. It was an attorney at law, claiming to represent The Gap, the clothing retailer.

29 May 2015

London’s American poster king

London’s American poster king

McKnight Kauffer’s Modernist posters for London Underground go under the hammer next week. By Graham Twemlow
In the design canon, from a contemporary perspective, the American-born poster artist Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) remains an enigmatic figure. Yet in the 1920s and 1930s he was the most celebrated graphic designer in the UK, writes Graham Twemlow.

4 May 2015

Watch with mother

Watch with mother

Ladybird’s illustrative visions of mid-century Britain, on display at the De La Warr Pavilion and in a new book
A visit to the spacious light-filled De La Warr Pavilion – one of the most iconic Modernist buildings in Britain – is always a pleasure, even on a cold rainy wind-swept day, writes Clare Walters.

17 April 2015

Books received #14

Books received #14

An Atlas of Agendas, Communication Design, In Almost Every Picture, The Bright Labyrinth, Print is Dead. Long Live Print
Here is a quick look at some titles that have recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.
 
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