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.
Graphic scores go on the road – played by an alchemical, avant-garde supergroup of musicians prepared to turn line, type and image into sound
This month, an ensemble of five extraordinary musicians takes to the road to perform graphic scores (see ‘Sound code image’ in Eye 26).
Martin South unmasks Tim Leong’s witty and positively nerdgasmic Super Graphic
‘Nerdgasm’ has not yet reached the Oxford English Dictionary. Even ‘twerk’, ‘omnishambles’ and ‘selfie’ seem likely to get there first, writes Martin South.
Extended review: Rob Waller takes a closer look at Underground Maps Unravelled by psychologist Maxwell Roberts
Harry Beck’s underground map has to be the most celebrated and discussed instance of information design, writes Rob Waller.
Open Set summer school tackles autonomy within design culture under the theme of ‘Commonomy’ – with a special offer for Eye blog readers
Design summer programmes offer many enticing reasons to participate, not least of which is the chance to learn from renowned design professionals while gaining new perspectives and experimenting with new design approaches, writes Linda Kwon.
Several quite different summer schools take design education to Portugal, Lithuania and Sicily
Summer presents a chance to explore new destinations and starting this month, a number of summer schools are using location as the starting point for design exploration writes Linda Kwon.
Twenty graphic artists respond to Hari Kunzru’s post-apocalyptic tale with infographics, reliquaries, type, animation and a playhouse made of rubbish
‘London has been destroyed in fiction … innumerable times,’ said Hari Kunzru at press view for ‘Memory Palace’, just opened at the V&A in London. Kunzru’s specially commissioned text imagines a world in which all information has been erased by a digital holocaust.
Henrik Kubel takes the stage for Eye’s forthcoming Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library
Next week’s Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London features designer Henrik Kubel talking about his work as a type designer, including his collaboration with Margaret Calvert on New Rail Alphabet and New Transport, and his ongoing partnership with Scott Williams in the design practice A2/SW/HK. Other participants include Ben Terrett and Simon Esterson.
Steven McCarthy examines the way maps represent Eritrea’s capital city, Asmara – from architectural gems to military legacy
Unable to find a map of Asmara prior to my trip to Eritrea, apart from the page-sized version in a Lonely Planet guidebook, I made several screen grabs of Google maps in progessive levels of detail and saved them as images on an iPad, writes Steven McCarthy in his second report from Eritrea.
Future Everything launches with a downloadable collection of essays that explore the ideas behind ‘digital public space’
Future Everything, just opened in Manchester, is tackling the issue of ‘public space’ in the digital realm.