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Eye monthly newsletter
24 February 2015

Dear friends

Our next Type Tuesday, on 10 March at St Bride Library in London, is themed ‘Eric Ravilous Rediscovered’. Guest speaker James Russell, who wrote ‘Puffins on the plate’ in Eye 85, will talk about this remarkable designer / illustrator. (The image below is from High Street, Country Life Books, 1938.)

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Eric Ravilious (1903-42) is better known and more popular today than he ever was in his lifetime; indeed, he is increasingly considered one of Britain’s finest twentieth century artists. Why is this? 

On the eve of a major exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, curator and author James Russell asks what it is about this enigmatic artist that we find so captivating in the 21st century. Contemporary designers and illustrators will also contribute their views to the question: ‘Why Ravilious? Why now?’ in a discussion chaired by Eye’s John L. Walters and Simon Esterson.

You can book tickets for £8, £10 and £12 via Eventbrite.

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The forthcoming Eye 90 will be packed with typographic splendour and detail, including articles by Gerry Leonidas, Sam Roberts & Lara Cécile Krueper, Mark Thomson, Peter Bain and Kat Phan.

In the meantime there are several articles from our current issue, Eye 89, for you to enjoy online in full – Paul McNeil’s review of the Neubau Forst CatalogueTaxonomy of twigs and trees’ (below), David Crowley’s review of a new book about Jurriaan SchroferSlip sliding into history’ and Clare Walters’ review of Ladybird, A Cover Story Learning from Ladybird’. Eye 89 also includes our Mucho interview and Rick Poynor’s profile of Project Projects, ‘Pay close attention’ (see spread from The Electric Information Age Book, 2012, at the foot of the newsletter).

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Don’t forget that you can subscribe to Eye by picking up the phone (084 5456 7757), but if you prefer to shop in the dead of night, there’s always email or the Eye Shop, where you can also order back issues. If you need to plug a few gaps in your Eye magazine collections, we recommend you do it sooner rather later – our warehouse stocks are dwindling fast.

Warmest regards from chilly London

John L. Walters, editor

PS Save the date: the next Type Tuesdays are on 10 March, 2 June, 1 September and 1 December 2015 – all at St Bride Library in London.

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