Visual Culture

9 February 2018

Photographs as catalysts

Photographs as catalysts

Teju Cole’s photobook Blind Spot deals with the loss and recovery of sight … in pictures and words. Review by Colin Davies
Teju Cole is a photographer, art historian and writer who contributes a regular column to the The New York Times, writes Colin Davies.

5 February 2018

The inescapable weirdness of the West

The inescapable weirdness of the West

It is not until the very end of Calls Will Be Recorded For Training And Monitoring Purposes (Optimologyº, £19.95) that any explanation of the 172-page, small-format book is given, writes Hannah Ellis.

24 January 2018

The visual language of Pooh

The visual language of Pooh

One of most charming and clever aspects of the Christopher Robin books (by A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard) is that they can be read on a number of levels, making them equally enjoyable for both children and adults, writes Clare Walters.

15 January 2018

Books received #31

Books received #31

Fili in Barcelona, the colours of Pawson, Bierut’s essays, dissent and the Resistance, and Alice Hawkins’ highly personal adventures
Here is yet another selection of books that caught our attention in recent weeks and months, reviewed by Lindsay Hargrave.

3 January 2018

The accidental student

The accidental student

What happens when you have just minutes to come up with a design? John Ridpath writes about the problem-solving benefits of ‘creative accidents’
‘Look at the photocopied type specimens on the table. Pick a letter “A” that you like. Draw a copy of it anywhere on your sheet of paper, using charcoal. It can be big or small, you can rotate it, you can draw it partially off the page. You have five minutes.’ Rod Judkins has just issued the first brief of ‘100 Design Projects’, a five-day course at Central Saint Martins, writes John Ridpath.

29 December 2017

Noted #85

Noted #85

Archimedes wood type, Lubalin’s root beer label, Play! diary, Fedrigoni 365, L’Obs does Camus, Riposte #9 … and eels
  Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

13 December 2017

Alone in the dark

Alone in the dark

Typographic artist Sam Winston explores the visual inspiration that comes from total darkness
Sam Winston’s new exhibition ‘Darkness Visible’ at London’s Southbank Centre brings the viewer into his mind through fields of text. Completed during seven days of total darkness, the dedicated corner of the National Poetry Library exposes the thoughts and experiences of someone searching for visual inspiration without any vision at all, writes Lindsay Hargrave.

20 November 2017

ModMag17: Part two

ModMag17: Part two

The second instalment of Sarah Snaith’s report from the fifth annual Modern Magazine conference in London
Writer and podcaster Liv Siddall kicked off the afternoon of the ModMag17 conference with a raw and comical look at her tenure as editor of Rough Trade magazine.

16 November 2017

Seeing double

Seeing double

An Italian duo combines illustrations with photographs for an exhibition that questions the authenticity of social media
‘Double Trouble’ is a collaboration between two Italian artists: the photographer and videographer Giacomo Favilla and graphic designer and illustrator Valeria Crociata, writes Lindsay Hargrave.

10 November 2017

ModMag17: Part one

ModMag17: Part one

Sarah Snaith reports from the fifth annual Modern Magazine conference
The fifth annual Modern Magazine conference, initiated and curated by magCulture founder Jeremy Leslie, took place this year at London’s Conway Hall. The speaker line-up reflected a wide array of approaches to publishing presented by art directors and editors who head up magazines young and old – from Migrant Journal (about to release issue three) to Japanese magazine Popeye, founded in 1976, writes Sarah Snaith.
 
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