Liz Farrelly

Recent articles by Liz Farrelly

Duo-tome

Issue 85, Spring 2013

Review

In 2013, the overblown, completist pretensions of a career-defining monograph…

Preview

Issue 84, Autumn 2012

Review

M/M (Paris) have set a new benchmark for the monograph. Their tome M to M of…

Gran Fury

Issue 6, Spring 1992

Feature

How AIDS activists use design to hammer home their message.

One from the heart

Issue 6, Spring 1992

Feature

Four years ago, Rick Valicenti said goodbye to his corporate clients and set out to reinvent…

US designers with attitude

Issue 5, Winter 1991

Review

Twelve-hundred graphic designers from over 30 regional chapters of the American…

Astro boy and the sex wars

Issue 5, Winter 1991

Feature

Curious comics: why the Japanese love their manga

Flights of fancy

Issue 82, Winter 2012

Feature

Si Scott made his name with baroque combinations of type and image, but his 3D paper insects are…

Relax and you’ll be swept away

Issue 73, Autumn 2009

Review

Where to start with a book like The Floating World: Ukiyo-e? There is a…

Make each letter speak out loud

Issue 75, Spring 2010

Feature

Illustrative typography is rewiring the way we read art, design and communication

The keyboards that ate the world

Issue 7, Summer 1992

Review

The celebratory aspect of this publishing exercise is evident from the outset. The…

Reputations: Ian Anderson

Issue 71, Spring 2009

Feature

‘When I took a back seat to allow TDR to grow beyond me, it died; its creative spark was crushed .…

In search of the perfect binding

Issue 10, Autumn 1993

Feature

The craft of covers

Traces of man

Issue 3, Spring 1991

Feature

Herbert Spencer’s photographs celebrate accidental design

Small, mobile, intelligent units

Issue 12, Spring 1994

Feature

Eye talks to young French designers who reject the atelier system and prefer to go it alone

Clarity and contradiction

Issue 13, Summer 1994

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Irma Boom’s work is lucid yet challenging. It upsets her colleagues, while pleasing her clients.

Recent blog posts by Liz Farrelly

Sharing the stage … sharing ideas

24 June 2013

Five D-Crit students team up with experts to make presentations at their graduate symposium
It’s that time of year again, when a host of graduating art and design students prepare to launch themselves upon the world. The degree shows have gone up and this year’s crew are buzzing with anticipation, writes Liz Farrelly. That’s fine if your work looks good on a wall or in a gallery. But what about the new breed of design critics on Masters courses on both sides of the Atlantic? Just how do writers make their mark?

Freeze!

9 November 2012

An exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery in London looks hard at the eyes of sharpshooters (from artists and anonymous punters to movie stars and Simone de Beauvoir)
The recently re-opened Photographers Gallery is right on target with its current show, writes Liz Farrelly. ‘Shoot! Existential Photography’ is a thematic celebration of an almost lost carnival attraction, the shooting booth, in which a camera is triggered as a shot hits home, snapping the punter’s photo as they fire.

That (postmodern) design smell?

22 October 2012

Graphic design Wunderkinder M/M (Paris) have worked with just about everyone in just about every medium: so why not carpets … or scent?
M/M (Paris), aka Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak, might represent that most elusive of all cultural phenomena – a genuine hybrid, criss-crossing cultural genres, economic models and geographic nodes. If the tag ‘postmodern’ didn’t sound so outmoded, it could easily apply, writes Liz Farrelly.

Don’t explain

11 October 2012

Raymond Pettibon straddles the high / low culture divide, adding his seductive scrawl to the white cube of a London gallery
Raymond Pettibon’s latest series of drawings, investigating recurrent themes around American pop culture, film noir and  baseball is currently on show at London gallery, Sadie Coles HQ, writes Liz Farrelly.

‘Shake hands with the devil’

26 September 2012

The final hours of Graphic Design: Now in Production (the New York leg) provided a snapshot of contemporary practice, from the Stone Twins to Metahaven.
For the final Saturday of Cooper-Hewitt’s ‘Graphic Design: Now in Production’ exhibition in New York, a student and professional crowd massed for ‘The Final Hours’, writes Liz Farrelly. The temporary location (while the Carnegie Mansion is closed for renovation) was Governors Island, a breezy six-minute ferry ride from Lower Manhattan.

Let’s hear it for the hinting slaves

25 June 2012

Type Tuesday: Ampersand Web Typography Conference 2012
When keynote speaker Phil Baines asked a full house at the second Ampersand Web Typography Conference, ‘Who’s a graphic designer? Who’s a web designer / developer?’, a show of hands revealed that three-quarters of the audience were web-based practitioners (up on last year), writes Liz Farrelly.

Lost and found

31 May 2012

The Pop-tastic Mr Edwards turns old images and type into collectable zines.
Expat Mister Edwards, still of the parish of Sydney, Australia, has been exploring the term ‘Pop’ via a series of zines, writes Liz Farrelly. So far Pop Gun, Pop Corn, Pop Sox and Pop Tarts (below) have hit the top shelf.

Pop panel

28 March 2012

Music design session at Pick Me Up with Malcolm Garrett & Kate Moross
On Friday night, as part of a ‘packed programme’ of events, talks and workshops at Pick Me Up (the graphic arts fair at London’s Somerset House, now in its third year), I chaired a ‘Music x The Graphic Arts’ panel discussion, writes Liz Farrelly.

Force of nature

11 January 2012

New Kapitza book replaces geometric certainty with organic structure
Following on from their 2008 book Geometric, the Kapitza sisters, Nicole and Petra, have produced another tome, full of colour, pattern and ideas, writes Liz Farrelly.

Outline of beauty

22 November 2010

René Gruau’s visual ‘personalities’ forged Dior’s brand language
Since founding her Munich-based graphic arts gallery, Bartsch & Chariau, in 1980, Joëlle Chariau has been an advocate of René Gruau, writes Liz Farrelly.