Visual Culture

26 June 2015

Exhibition ephemera

Exhibition ephemera

Graphic designers collect all kinds of ephemera, from boxes crammed with flyers to pinboards covered in cards and clippings. The latest book from Occasional Papers – the imprint founded by designer Sara De Bondt and curator Antony Hudek in 2008 – is a testament to this impulse, writes Elizabeth Glickfeld.

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.

8 June 2015

Ghosts of the ghetto

Ghosts of the ghetto

Photographer Henryk Ross risked his life to bear witness to the Holocaust. By Sarah Snaith
The Art Gallery of Ontario is showing a selection of salvaged photographs taken by Jewish photographer Henryk Ross in the Łódź Ghetto in Poland during the Second World War. ‘Memory Unearthed’ offers a rare glimpse into Jewish life during this horrific period in history, showing both everyday life and human suffering, writes Sarah Snaith.

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.

21 May 2015

Stuck in the middle of Thatcherism

Stuck in the middle of Thatcherism

Chris Dorley-Brown’s ‘time travel’ photobook Drivers in the 1980s is reviewed by art director (and car blogger) Roger Browning
Not so much Drivers in the 1980s as East London drivers on Wednesday 20 May 1987. Yes, I wondered why, too, writes Roger Browning.

13 May 2015

Beyond selfish

Beyond selfish

Could Selfiecity’s systems of visual analysis one day become a force for the common good?
‘Selfies’ are a cultural phenomenon, and it seems you cannot move for people taking them, writes Noel Douglas.

11 May 2015

Noted #67

Noted #67

Chineasy, The Happy Reader, Yellow, Brick and Puss Puss
Here are a few projects that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

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.

30 April 2015

Dancing on the ceiling

Dancing on the ceiling

Sound, dance, art and projection mapping at London’s Union Chapel
The multi-sensory project Kima – performed in March at Islington’s Union Chapel – explored the expanding discipline of immersive art, with a collaboration that involved sound, dance and projected visuals, writes Katie South.
 
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