John Ridpath

Recent articles by John Ridpath

Source code for a design revolution

Issue 85, Spring 2013

Review

Processing, an open-source programming language and environment for creating…

Free for all

Issue 83, 2012

Feature

In designing the Ubuntu type family, Dalton Maag had to produce faces for print and screen in…

Undergrowth

Issue 78, Winter 2010

Feature

Untangling the internet with IA’s metro ‘snapshot’

Tangible digital (case studies)

Issue 80, Summer 2011

Feature

How can we make the virtual more physical while bringing emotion into the digital domain?

Out of the darkroom

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

Newport’s reputation for cutting-edge photography is based on a solid grounding in film-based…

Two wheels good

Issue 77, Autumn 2010

Feature

Designers have always been attracted to bicycles. A new breed of cycling mags shows just how deep…

In the neighbourhood

Issue 81, Autumn 2011

Feature

John Ridpath profiles three design practices who work with local clients: Maddison Graphic; Mark…

Recent blog posts by John Ridpath

The other end of the spectrum

30 January 2013

Upon Paper 02 sports a Peter Saville cover. John Ridpath talks to editorial director Paul Hetherington about this monster-format ’zine
Upon Paper is a publication made so vast in format that I had to make special travel arrangements to get it home, writes John Ridpath.

Printer wonderland

14 December 2012

‘A Printer’s Tale’, in London next Monday evening, looks at new ways in which the worlds of physical and digital can be plugged together
We’ve known for some time that, despite the unerring rise of digital technologies, print is far from dead, write John Ridpath and Cath Richardson.

Photo finish

20 May 2012

Bike app brings black, cream & red-blooded photo-reportage to the iPad
Following the trend toward towards beautifully designed and illustrated publications for cyclists (see ‘Two wheels good’, my article in Eye 77) comes The Collarbone, a ‘pro-peleton photo-reportage’ journal for the iPad, writes John Ridpath.

Off the map

18 April 2012

It may be a masterpiece but Google Maps is losing ground to its rivals
The graphic thought behind Google Maps is fascinating, and for most internet users it ranks alongside Google Search as an essential tool of everyday life, writes John Ridpath.

In the neighbourhood #3

8 February 2012

Austin-based studio Bigger Than Giants makes another local connection
Working under the moniker Bigger Than Giants, Austin-based designer Ryan Rhodes has developed a distinctively off-kilter, handcrafted aesthetic, writes John Ridpath.

In the neighbourhood #2

1 February 2012

‘Working locally has allowed us to produce a personal body of work’
In Eye 81, for the article ‘In the neighbourhood’, I interviewed three designers who work with local clients, writes John Ridpath.

Greece, 2022

27 January 2012

Athenian designers reflect on how they might shape their country’s future
When I visited Athens in February 2010, the Greek government’s spiralling debt crisis was just beginning, writes John Ridpath.

Wordy shopping ’hood

12 January 2012

Balls, books, a rollercoaster … and tinned fear in Selfridges’ ‘concept store’
If the January sales haven’t lured you to London’s Oxford Street, perhaps a new installation at Selfridges might just reel you in, writes John Ridpath. ‘Words, words,

‘Need a new toolbox.’

9 January 2012

Type Tuesday: Made by Many chat about the challenges of webfonts
Eye has covered webfonts several times, most recently in ‘Andmoreagain’ a blog about the 2011Ampersand conference, and ‘New dawn’,Jack Yan’s excellent article in Eye 79, writes John Ridpath.

Type Tuesday: play on words

8 November 2011

Monotype opens up three typefaces to artists
Creative social enterprise space Mill Co. has collaborated with Monotype for their second annual exhibition, writes John Ridpath.

Let’s work together

28 February 2011

The Mill Co. Project and the collaborative work ethic
Mill Co. bills itself as a ‘full service creative agency’ – yet the ‘Co.’ doesn’t stand for company, but for co-operation, writes John Ridpath.

Visual ping-pong

29 March 2010

Designers in London and Berlin have started a creative conversation.
It’s good to talk, and this year’s Art Of Conversation has started up a unique dialogue between graphic designers, writes John Ridpath.