Summer 2010

Contents Eye 76

Music design special issue

Regulars and features

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Critique: Left out of the frame

A collection of design shorts made for the COI is full of details, but short on context says Rick Poynor.

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Yin and yang

Type guru Matthew Carter explains how he came to design his first wooden type.

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Uncoated

Metahaven, Edward Tufte in London, TYPO Berlin. Plus Maira Kalman and wine labels.

Music design

special issue

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Record sleeves are dead – long live music design! Iconic covers that defined an evocative era.

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Sound and vision

From spectacle to content: time to find new, meaningful associations between music and design.

Attacked by music, type & light

Technology on tour. Noel Douglas talks to UVA’s Matt Clark about their sets for Massive Attack.

Classical crossroads

Design meets serious music: long programme notes, small budgets and ‘de-averaging’.

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Make music visible

Big Active aims to make music tangible – with stars such as Keane, Goldfrapp and Beck.

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One man brand?

Adrian Shaughnessy reassesses Manfred Eicher’s label ECM in the light of a new publication.

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Formal lawlessness

Fragmentation in the music industry has aided the rise of rock posters. Eric Heiman reports.

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Grab the hook

‘Musicians are cooler, more fun and more creative than normal people.’ Jane Cheng talks to Young Monster.

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Reputations

Steven Heller interviews Alex Steinweiss, the designer who invented the album sleeve.

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Pack shots

A new wave of extravagant music packaging: Unkle, Kate Moross, and Vaughan Oliver’s Minotaur.

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Eye education

Dan Fern explains his pioneering ‘MAP / making’ course – music, art and performance – at the RCA.

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All her own invention

For decades, Laurie Anderson has used graphic means to tell stories. Interview by John L. Walters.

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Dot dot rock

Zoë Street Howe on the black art of ‘metal umlauts’, with Motörhead, Mötley Crüe, Blue Öyster Cult, etc.

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Design + music = magic

Sleeves and bags tell us what their contents sound like, says Fred Deakin. But what next?

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Scribble and strum

From cool and literary to rude and crude: Andrew Losowsky looks at music mags old and new.

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