Book design

9 October 2009

A night at the Loeries

A night at the Loeries

sean o'toole, sean o’toole

South African creativity finds a voice at this year’s awards
‘Woop woop woop korr, korr, korr, korr…’ So goes the call of the crow-sized Knysna Loerie, at least according to my burgundy coloured Roberts’ Birds of Southern Africa, an enduring classic in South African book design and illustration, writes Sean O’Toole.

7 October 2009

Framing the evidence of war

Framing the evidence of war

rick poynor

An ambitious hybrid combines graphic novel with photojournalism.
If a book like The Photographer already exists (cover pictured above), I have certainly never seen it, writes Rick Poynor. This three-way collaboration between the late French photographer Didier Lefèvre, graphic novelist Emmanuel Guibert and graphic designer Frédéric Lemercier is a breathtakingly

6 October 2009

Just Add Stock winner, Books

Just Add Stock winner, Books

dan wilkinson, the awards department

Henry Sene Yee’s minimalist cover for Dave Cullen’s Columbine
The book category in Eye’s Just Add Stock awards attracted more entries than any other, but our judges were quick to dispense with the more formulaic and generic designs, and focused on a strong shortlist.

28 September 2009

The plight of Tibet – in typography

The plight of Tibet – in typography

the pro bono department

Interview with DAHRA’s Rishi Sodha about 3 Minutes
3 minutes is an elaborate graphic design project, a black slipcase containing eleven sixteen-page booklets (above). And it’s in aid of a good cause, the Tibet Relief Fund. The content – ten moving, often shocking interviews that shed light on ‘the issues faced by the people of Tibet’ – is intended to make us stop and think about the situation, and maybe do something about it.

27 August 2009

Sam Haskins and other stories

Sam Haskins and other stories

wayne ford

The South African photographer with a graphic edge
‘Sam Haskins is an important photographer. There, I’ve said it!’ This is the first line from acclaimed editor and critic Bill Jay’s* Album (Nazraeli Press, 2007) entry on South African born photographer Sam Haskins. Like Jay, I, too, believe that Haskins is an important photographer, writes Wayne Ford. Haskins’ influence is like a string of DNA that can be seen throughout contemporary photography – particularly fashion photography.

11 August 2009

The pleasures of browsing

The pleasures of browsing

rick poynor

An exclusive, Web-only Critique by Rick Poynor for the Eye site and blog
In Australia, Rick Poynor plays ‘hotel inspector’ to explore a bookshop that understands its books and readers: Sydney’s Published Art.

27 July 2009

The Form of the Book 6

The Form of the Book 6

fraser muggeridge

Fully Booked vs. Jan Tschichold’sThe Form of the Book; it’s a knockout
In the red corner we have The Form of the Book by Jan Tschichold in 1975 (English translation published by Lund Humphries in 1991) weighing in at 182 pages.

17 July 2009

Out of the box

Out of the box

the post room

Another mysterious package from the wacky world of design
Sometime, stuff turns up at the Eye office that nobody knows what to do with. Such as this mysterious package. Seems a shame to open it, really. When we have a moment, we’ll let you know what’s in it.

7 July 2009

Photo realism

Photo realism

robert hanks

Penguin use Magnum archive stock to make reportage desirable
Publishers these days are all a-jitter at the prospect of a digital future, writes Robert Hanks, when people will download their books rather than buying old-fashioned paper. They’re probably overreacting – it will be hard for digital readers to compete with something as cheap, sturdy and easy to use as a paperback – but Penguin has been showing the right way to react to the supposed crisis: make the physical object much more desirable.

19 June 2009

Eye 72 is on its way

Eye 72 is on its way

the marketing department

Marian Bantjes, Airfix, MTV and ‘the designer as illustrator’
Here’s the cover of the latest issue of Eye. We like it. And no, it doesn’t say ‘sex’, it’s a detail of Marian Bantjes’ ‘Seduction’ poster for Yale School of Architecture. 
 
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