Design history

1 May 2018

Unofficial war artist

Unofficial war artist

During the First World War, Gertrude Leese made sketches that revealed the day-to-day realities of life on the Allied military base at Etaples, France
The name Gertrude Leese (1870-1963) may not be instantly familiar, yet in the early 1900s she was a successful and prominent British illustrator and watercolour painter, writes Clare Walters.

10 April 2018

Independence day

Independence day

Over the past decade, Eye magazine has not only survived but thrived
Ten years ago, on 10 April 2008, Eye became an independent magazine, owned by the people who make it, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.

21 March 2018

Great display in Harlem

Great display in Harlem

Inspiring exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture illustrate the dynamic power of graphic design. By Robert Newman
If, like me, you’ve been both inspired and entertained by the cultural moment that the Black Panther movie has engendered, writes Robert Newman, you’ll want to see two equally inspiring and entertaining visual exhibitions at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City: ‘Power in Print’ and ‘Black Power!’.

15 March 2018

Powers of Pabrü

Powers of Pabrü

To discover the work of ‘Pabrü’ – Swiss designer Paul Brühwiler – head to Falmouth University. Jessica Jenkins sets the scene
‘Pabrü’, opens on 23 March 2018 at Falmouth University and offers fresh insights into the output of Swiss designer and artist Paul Brühwiler, writes the exhibition’s instigator Jessica Jenkins.

25 February 2018

Music deco

Music deco

‘Rhythm & Reaction’ gets under the skin of a British love affair with American jazz
Jazz first came to Britain as a visual and cultural style – rather than as a musical form, writes John L. Walters.

26 June 2017

Books received #27 (type books)

Books received #27 (type books)

Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s, Word Disco, Type is Beautiful, Type Tells Tales and Johnston & Gill: Very British Types
Here are a few typographically oriented books that caught our attention in recent months.

16 June 2017

Brief encounters and the pleasures of ambiguity

Brief encounters and the pleasures of ambiguity

Design, illustration, animation and anecdotes at Here London 2017
Here London, It’s Nice That’s annual conference, has become an established fixture on the design calendar, with speakers from a range of ‘creative’ disciplines showing their work, entertaining an audience of professionals and students with anecdotes, videos and slide shows of career highlights writes John L. Walters.

30 May 2017

Friendships and glue

Friendships and glue

A book of scrapbook pages gives new insights into the world of illustrator Edward Bawden
Designer-illustrator Edward Bawden is remembered for a prolific career that embraced posters, book covers, illustrations, murals and set design, writes John L. Walters.

4 April 2017

Dear Mr Johnston

Dear Mr Johnston

A letter from Eiichi Kono to the designer of Johnston Sans, the famous London Underground typeface
Dear Mr Edward Johnston May I take the liberty of introducing myself so that I can bring you up to date on the fate of your typeface?

27 February 2017

Games people play

Games people play

From Senet to Pandemic, the Museum of Childhood’s exhibition ‘Game Plan’ covers five thousand years of fun with board games
If there’s one thing to take away from the ‘Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered’ exhibition is that playing board games is a serious business, writes Clare Walters.
 
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