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Eye newsletter
22 November 2018

Jan Middendorp_Newsletter_November 2018

Dear friends

We’ve finished unpacking, the bookshelves are almost full in our new canal-side studio, and we are looking forward to a couple of type and design events in the coming weeks.


Cover and spreads from Eye 97.

Those of you who are Eye subscribers should now have our latest issue Eye 97, the magazine special issue part two, with its distinctive cover by Tom Gauld. If you are not a subscriber but curious to know what’s inside, you can see the contents here. You can also read a couple of pieces in full, including our preview of the Max Gill exhibition and the introduction, ‘The sound and the echo’, in which three magazine experts express their continued enthusiasm for the printed medium of mags.


Hamish Muir (MuriMcNeil) and John L. Walters in a teaser for 94 [8000 One-Offs], the new short film about Eye 94. Director: Adrian Harrison.

Next Tuesday film-maker Adrian (Adie) Harrison and I will visit Leeds for a special film night at the Hyde Picture House featuring short design docs and a Q&A, an event organised by the great book and magazine shop Colours May Vary. These include Adie’s A23D and 21st Century Victorian (about Joby Carter’s fairground sign-writing), When Better Letters met Cliff Headford, an interview with the late Bristolian signwriter, and Zetteler Films’ The Wolpe Collection, ending with the Northern premiere of Adie’s 94 [8000 One-Offs] about the making of MuirMcNeil’s award-winning variable-data cover for Eye 94. See the teaser and out-takes here.



Max Gill (1884-1947), Cable & Wireless Great Circle Map, 1945.

A week later, on Tuesday 4 December, we’ll be at St Bride for the last Type Tuesday of 2018. The theme is ‘Max Gill and maps’, a celebration of cartographic creativity, with Caroline Walker – great-niece of MacDonald (Max) Gill and co-curator of the Ditchling exhibition – and illustrator / artist Adam Dant, who maps the landscape of contemporary London with a keen eye for trends and absurdities. Caroline and Adam will be joined by more map-makers in an informal panel.

Read more about Max Gill on the Eye and Ditchling websites and more about Adam Dant on the Spitalfields Life blog. For more about maps, read ‘Paper planet’, an interview with Joost Grootens in Eye 79.

In case you haven’t seen it already, the St Bride Foundation is currently looking for a serious librarian – see my blog, ‘Search for a star’.

Warmest regards from our new home on the Haggerston Riviera

John Walters, editor

PS Dates for your diary: Our quarterly Type Tuesday events in 2019 will be held at St Bride Library on 5 March, 4 June, 3 September and 26 November. We hope you will join us once again to enjoy more exciting speakers and discussions in the year ahead.


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