Visual Culture

13 September 2017

Robin Broadbent interview

Robin Broadbent interview

In this follow-up to ‘Obsessive meditations’ in Eye 94, art director Richard Krzykak interviews photographer Robin Broadbent about his practice
Obsessive meditations UK photographer Robin Broadbent left the UK for New York in 1999. Though he had published some personal work in the photobooks Marmalade and Minus Sixteen (both published by Browns), he had become frustrated with the still life photography he was asked to do by London art directors.

6 September 2017

Books received #28 (music and visual culture)

Books received #28 (music and visual culture)

The design and look of music – from classical CDs and rave culture to stock (library) album covers and jazz photography
Here are some musically inclined books that came to our attention in recent months.

31 August 2017

The look of literature

The look of literature

The Man Booker longlist provides a snapshot of graphic design for literary fiction. By Robert Hanks
The variety of the novels on this year’s Man Booker longlist is reflected in the cover designs: it is hard to pin down any themes, writes Robert Hanks.

22 August 2017

Zines with superpowers

Zines with superpowers

In the shadow of Grenfell, local children make pages for a magazine workshop. By Oswin Tickler
The devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in West London in June 2017 is still having a profound effect on the local community, writes Oswin Tickler.

9 August 2017

Wallcats take Chicago

Wallcats take Chicago

The future of sign painting is female, declares Meredith Kasabian, co-curator of a new show featuring under-represented women sign painters
On Friday 8 September 2017 the work of more than 60 women sign painters from nine countries will descend upon Chicago in the world’s first exhibition of hand-painted signs made exclusively by women, writes co-curator Meredith Kasabian.

30 July 2017

Letterheads in Oslo

Letterheads in Oslo

A report from the informal annual gathering of signwriters, pinstripers, calligraphers and other lettering experts. By Helen Ingham
Last month the ‘Letterheads’ met for their annual meeting, which this year took place in Oslo, Norway, writes Helen Ingham.

25 July 2017

Felt-tip fundamentals

Felt-tip fundamentals

Ink soaks into paper as Daniel Eatock’s mark-making processes result in a riot of colour
Designer and artist Daniel Eatock has a good-natured but unswerving way of reducing things to their essence, writes John L. Walters.

30 May 2017

Friendships and glue

Friendships and glue

A book of scrapbook pages gives new insights into the world of illustrator Edward Bawden
Designer-illustrator Edward Bawden is remembered for a prolific career that embraced posters, book covers, illustrations, murals and set design, writes John L. Walters.

24 May 2017

Books received #26

Books received #26

Frieze, Developing Citizen Designers, Classic Penguin, 2Create and Our World to Change!
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks.

6 May 2017

Characters in search of an emoji

Characters in search of an emoji

Can emojis help people with serious difficulties in communication and self-expression? Katie Baggs is on a mission to find the ‘emoji gaps’
For Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday on 7 March 2017, themed ‘Fists, fleurons & emojis’, I joined designers Alan Kitching, Gavin Lucas and Rian Hughes plus Emojipedia’s Jeremy Burge to chair a panel discussion on non-alphanumeric characters, writes Katie Baggs.
 
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