Reviews

31 March 2009

Type, Metahaven and TDR

Type, Metahaven and TDR

the promotion department

Get your hands on a copy of Eye 71. Plus Type Week on the blog
The new issue of Eye 71 is out. And to celebrate, we are having our first-ever Type Week on the blog. Watch this space for blogs about typography books, typefaces, new technology and extracts from Eye 71.

28 November 2008

MAP/making’s acid test

MAP/making’s acid test

john l. walters

Music, art and performance in action at the Royal College
What is it about the last Thursday in November in London, asks John L. Walters? There were at least half a dozen events competing for our attention: Sanky doing a D&AD lecture; the launch of the AR’s Emerging Architecture at RIBA; Jost Hochuli at St Bride; the ‘Deface Value’ view at Mutate Britain; and so on . . . The one I opted for was a specially commissioned presentation of live audio-visual work at the Upper Gulbenkian Gallery at the Royal College of Art.

24 November 2008

Impeccable stupidity

Impeccable stupidity

roger sabin

Boosh’s Bollo reveals his inner graphic designer
Occasionally, a comedy show will enter the public consciousness to the point where it becomes a ‘cultural resource’ for people to draw upon. It happened in the 1960s and 70s with Monty Python and it’s happened recently with The Mighty Boosh.

7 October 2008

Showbiz kids

Showbiz kids

john l. walters

There are no originals in ‘Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms’
If Andy Warhol had lived to see the proliferation of cheap, flat screens that makes an exhibition like ‘Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms’ possible . . . well he would have been a very happy 80-year-old.

22 September 2008

Record design framed

Record design framed

john l. walters

Does ‘Spin’ reduce graphic design to the level of art on a wall?
The Spin exhibition is small, free, easy to find (if you’re in or near London) and won’t take up too much of your time, writes John L. Walters.

16 September 2008

Format follows function

Format follows function

liz farrelly

Provokateur wraps its manifesto doodlings in a snake-oil special
With the internet hailed as an effective force for political change, writes Liz Farrelly, as news, campaigns and petitions   circulate paper-free, does it follow that old-school paper manifestoes are dead as the dodo?

16 September 2008

The Ed and Geoff show

The Ed and Geoff show

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Review of Two Lines Align
Two Lines Align is the catalogue for the exhibition of that name curated by Michael Worthington for REDCAT in LA.

12 September 2008

Page turner overdrive

Page turner overdrive

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Review of Fully Booked (DGV)
Books are never just books. They can be catalogues, toys, models, play centres, showcases for bindings, gatefolds, special papers and card and portfolios of design. Some of them might even be worth reading.

26 August 2008

Chalk and talk

Chalk and talk

john l. walters

‘A Recent History of Writing & Drawing’ at the ICA
It’s not an obvious design or art exhibition – more like an interactive playroom from the design museum of our dreams.

8 August 2008

Pushing the envelope

Pushing the envelope

simon esterson

Great British design, deliveredin a plain brown wrapper
Great British Editorial (Barcelona: Index Book, €40), writes Simon Esterson, is a simple idea carried off with confidence: ask lots of studios to send in work, photograph the envelopes it comes in to make the opening spread of each section, and then place the projects as simply as possible on the pages . . . all 648 of them.
 
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