Visual culture

22 September 2021

Books received #47

Books received #47

The IBM Poster Program; This is What Democracy Looked Like; Flag Waves
Here is a selection of titles that caught our attention in recent weeks.

9 August 2021

A new space for illustration

A new space for illustration

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A derelict waterworks site in London’s Clerkenwell will become the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, the world’s largest public arts space dedicated to ‘art with a job to do’. By Clare Walters
In two years’ time, London’s re-named House of Illustration (formerly based in Granary Square, King’s Cross) will be moving into the new Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration, writes Clare Walters.

2 August 2021

Saturday afternoon fever

Saturday afternoon fever

Muddy Dance is a slender, large-format, velour-covered volume of black and white photographic prints assembled by artist, designer, curator and KesselsKramer creative director Erik Kessels, writes Nick Bell.

16 July 2021

Books received #45

Books received #45

Bill Brandt and Henry Moore; Closed on Mondays by Dinah Casson; Drama by Vanja Cuculić
Here are a few books about visual culture that have been languishing in a dark corner of the Eye office.

24 June 2021

Kind of Blued

Kind of Blued

In this series of pictures, Sameer Kulavoor focuses on an unavoidable element of Indian street life – the blue tarpaulin. By Marian Bantjes
Sameer Kulavoor is an artist famous in India for his illustrations of everyday life on the street, writes Marian Bantjes.

29 March 2021

Books received #44

Books received #44

Africa State of Mind; The Paper by Christoph Niemann; Modern Heraldry; and Abbatt Toys, Modern Toys for Modern Children.
Time to shine a light on some fascinating books about design and visual culture that have been piling up in a dark corner of Eye magazine’s office since the first lockdown.

20 February 2021

The printed howl

The printed howl

Though locked down in London, this exhibition of letterpress protest posters has plenty of messages for the world
If the past few years have felt like one long trail of division, doom and injustice, followed by the deadly silence and devastating death toll of the pandemic, then ‘Reverting to Type 2020: Protest Posters’ is the exhibition for you, writes John L. Walters.

1 January 2021

Rigorous play

Rigorous play

For almost three decades East Berlin duo Cyan has produced urgent, experimental yet precise graphic design. Jan Middendorp meets them while the city sleeps
Like all design studios, Berlin’s Cyan has gone through a very unusual year, writes Jan Middendorp.

17 December 2020

Waves of popularity

Waves of popularity

Graphic Design plays a key role in the re-emergence of Britain’s much-loved coastal resorts. The seventh and final instalment of Justin Burns’s series about seaside graphic design
The tide comes in. The tide goes out. The seaside is, by its very nature, a place in constant transition, writes Justin Burns.

11 November 2020

From analogue to activism

From analogue to activism

magCulture Live goes digital next week, for a two-day conference that celebrates the creative and social powers of magazines
Dividing its focus between ‘activism’ and ‘analogue’, magCulture 2020 shows that even in difficult, disruptive times, printed magazines keep their fingers on the pulse of the moment, writes Alex J. Todd.
 
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