18 October 2017
Tom Gauld’s literary bake-off, typography with balls, hot-metal Double Dagger 2, the smell of London and The Simoncini Method
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.
14 October 2017
The winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017 will be announced on 17 October. Robert Hanks talks to the designers whose covers wrap round the six shortlisted contenders
In ‘The look of literature’ I wrote about the thirteen covers on this year’s Man Booker Prize* longlist – widely praised as one of the most adventurous and wide-ranging ever, writes Robert Hanks.
9 October 2017
Black Medicine Book, Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work, Fear, Colour and Hackney Studios
Here is a selection of books that caught our attention in recent weeks and months.
20 September 2017
Sea Prayer, Poster House, Pit, Straight No Chaser and National 2
Here are a few things – VR journalism, Poster House, new issues of Pit and Straight No Chaser and a new typeface – that caught our attention in recent weeks.
18 September 2017
The 2017 Folkestone Triennial turns this seaside town into an open-air gallery for a kind of applied conceptual art … with a graphic edge
Folkestone is hosting its fourth Triennial, a two-month-long festival of contemporary art that can be appreciated in the open air of this British seaside town in Kent, writes John L. Walters.
22 August 2017
In the shadow of Grenfell, local children make pages for a magazine workshop. By Oswin Tickler
The devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in West London in June 2017 is still having a profound effect on the local community, writes Oswin Tickler.
26 June 2017
Custom Lettering of the 20s and 30s, Word Disco, Type is Beautiful, Type Tells Tales and Johnston & Gill: Very British Types
Here are a few typographically oriented books that caught our attention in recent months.
7 June 2017
Emigre specimens, Sunday Clarendon, Sinem Erkas, drawing type, from sketch to screen and Fontsmith’s TypeNotes
Here are a few type and lettering things – books, magazines, alphabets – that caught our attention in recent weeks.
1 June 2017
This year’s European Design Awards ceremony was held in the city of Porto, which is about to launch an international design biennale
Last weekend, designers from all over Europe converged on Porto for the European Design Awards (EDA) ceremony. The EDA has been running for the past decade, and now attracts entries from 34 countries, writes John L. Walters.
3 March 2017
Le Petit Néant, Pencil & Help, Tom Gauld’s Mooncop, The Fred and Knife
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.
23 January 2017
Awards tell only a fraction of the story, but there was plenty to learn from at the Information is Beautiful Awards, writes Max Gadney
The 2016 Information is Beautiful Awards were a generous and cerebral jamboree hosted by David McCandless, writes Max Gadney.
6 January 2017
Graffiti removal, Circular #19, The Phonografik Collectivo, Optimology° and Fermata
Here are a few things – graffiti removal, a Phoenician alphabet project, a media wall installation, Optimology° and a typography magazine – that caught our attention in recent weeks.
21 December 2016
Automated graphic design and the rise of robot creatives – Francisco Laranjo files a critical report from the perspective of Christmas 2025
From our perspective here in 2025, it all seems inevitable, writes Francisco Laranjo. But maybe it wasn’t.
7 December 2016
Eggers in the sky, Callahan’s streets, Tim Burton, rubber-stamped Chilean horror and a Brit in Japan
Here are a few photobooks that have recently caught our attention … each reviewed in no more than 140 characters.
2 December 2016
Tate Britain’s ‘BP Loud Tate’ brought together hip-hop, digital animation and a talk about women of colour in the arts hosted by Gal-dem magazine
On Saturday 12 November, an array of UK-based artists and musicians took over Tate Britain for a day of workshopping, discussion and performances, writes Mariam Dembele.
30 October 2016
US designers contribute type, posters, badges and branding to the Hillary Clinton cause
From the outset, the Hillary Clinton campaign has enlisted the help of some of the United States’ best designers to portray and propagate her messages.
24 October 2016
This poster exhibition is a powerful statement about women as global agents of social change. Marika Preziuso reviews ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights’ in Boston
The exhibition ‘Women’s Rights are Human Rights’ aims to inform international public opinion on all the important intersections between women’s rights and human rights, writes Marika Preziuso.
18 October 2016
TypoCircle exhibition, Arjowiggins paper sample, Double Dagger, D&AD Manual 2016 and SEA 20
Here are a few things – an exhibition, paper sample, letterpress journal, manual and book – that caught our attention in recent weeks.
10 October 2016
When War is Over, Drawn in Stereo, George McGovern & The Democratic Insurgents, The Big Adventure of a Little Line and Money
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks … each reviewed in no more than 140 characters.
15 September 2016
Oldřich Hlavsa, Fairy Tales, FBA: O design gráfico como prática de clarificação, Carved Names and El Protectorado español en Marruecos
The 2016 European Design Awards drew submissions from all across Europe – Poland, Greece, Hungary, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal and beyond (including the United Kingdom).
7 September 2016
Beer cans, Dutch Alphabets, the Global Synthesizer Project, An Anthology of Decorated Papers and Chanced Arm no. 2
Here are a few things – beer cans, books, a sound installation and a magazine – that caught our attention in recent weeks.
2 September 2016
The ICON illustration conference in Texas had both practical pizzazz and academic depth. Roderick Mills, one of the speakers, reports
‘Tall Tales’, the ninth edition of the biennial ICON illustration conference was held in Austin, Texas last month, writes Roderick Mills.
27 August 2016
After ten eventful years, St Bride’s house magazine is on pause
The news that St Bride Foundation intends to cease publication of Ultrabold in its present form for the forseeable future is an opportunity to look back on a fruitful ten years, writes Ben Weiner.*
17 August 2016
In Copenhagen this week: POST Design Festival – ‘a rallying cry for those who want design to serve society’
In October last year I met with illustrator Jody Barton over the coffee and pastries obligatory at any meeting here in Denmark, writes POST co-director Aideen McCole.
11 August 2016
Ron Arad’s Roundhouse installation is an immersive 360-degree cinema for artists’ films
Ron Arad’s Curtain Call is part art installation, part immersive cinema, writes Janet South.
27 July 2016
Pureprint Works #4, Francesco Griffo, Beatrice Warde Scholarship winner Ania Wieluńska, London bus destination boards and Ghostbusters!
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.
7 July 2016
A vernacular folk art has become synonymous with the visual identity of Buenos Aires. Gustavo Ferrari explains this extraordinary craft
Fileteado porteño is a traditional Argentinean artform, which began as simple decoration on the trade carts of bread, milk and vegetable sellers in the early twentieth century, writes Gustavo Ferrari.
30 June 2016
As a designer I feel guilty, says Marina Willer. Could we have done more to stop Brexit?
Twenty years ago, I chose to move from Brazil to London because it is the most diverse and cosmopolitan city in the world, writes Marina Willer.
21 June 2016
Visual poetry crashes into the 21st century in all its brutal beauty. Jeremy Noel-Tod reviews The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing)
The original postwar ‘concrete poetry’ movement, with its aspiration to a utopian ‘supranational’ poetry of untranslatable symbolism, was characterised by an emphasis on type in white space: the flat material surface of ‘rigid, non-sensuous’ printed language, writes Jeremy Noel-Tod.
13 May 2016
I Like Birds in Trittau; Mucho’s Tenderloin; Cercle on Costumes and P98a Paper’s Zombies of Berlin
Here is a small selection of graphic design for galleries and museums and magazines that caught our attention in recent weeks.
29 April 2016
Studio Dumbar, Niall McInnery, Andy Ristaino, Úna Burke, McBess, Stephen Averill and Shaughn McGrath … and Seb Lester. Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar conclude their coverage of the Dublin Offset conference
By the Sunday morning at Offset 2016, more coffee is required, with several extra shots, but there is still a lot to look forward to, write Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar.
4 April 2016
Posters aren’t dead, they’re just off the wall. David Crowley explains the thinking behind the forthcoming Warsaw International Poster Biennale
The Warsaw International Poster Biennale is 50 years old in June, writes David Crowley.
19 March 2016
Save the date! On 24 November 2016 the new Design Museum opens at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington
Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic yesterday announced the date – Thursday 24 November 2016 – for the somewhat delayed opening of the museum’s new home in Kensington.
24 February 2016
A new collection of Steve Hare’s writing demonstrates an erudite passion for the design and content of Penguin Books
The late Steve Hare (1950-2015) was one of those writers that every editor appreciates, writes John L. Walters.
11 February 2016
Surf back down the information superhighway to a time when the World Wide Web was thrillingly new – with Eye nos. 14, 16, 23 & 25
Most early editions of Eye magazine are out of print. However a handful from the mid-to-late 1990s are still available from the Eye shop at ESco in Essex, and this bundle is an especially good bargain for magazine addicts.
7 February 2016
What do Luke Skywalker and Oliver Twist have in common? Clare Walters reviews Drawing on Childhood at the Foundling Museum
Given the perennial struggle against war, famine, disease and poverty, it is not surprising that many myths and fairy tales feature orphans, foundlings and fostered or abandoned children – think of Romulus and Remus, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel, writes Clare Walters.
21 January 2016
Nigel Ball on packaging graphics, ‘gutter share’ – and whether design blogs should be more sceptical about big brand news stories
As a design educator I need to keep on top of the latest developments, writes Nigel Ball, and a large aspect of this involves reading design blogs.
14 January 2016
Paul Rennie casts new light on RoSPA’s safety posters. Review of Safety First by Clare Walters
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) employed many of the best designers of the twentieth century to make its safety posters.
7 January 2016
Menu Design in America looks back at more than a century of visual and culinary history
There is something very satisfying about a menu. Whether it be the cutout of a pig just before delving into a pulled pork sandwich or a space age diner preparing you for some interstellar fry-up.
31 December 2015
A bundle of poster-themed back issues – 38, 46, 51 & 69
Eye magazine has often covered the changing nature of poster design and its place in the graphic design world.
4 December 2015
In Assembly Point, a new gallery space in Peckham, eleven illustrators take a critical approach to their practice
This exhibition of contemporary illustrators is a serious affair, writes Colin Davies.
18 November 2015
The BSME’s upcoming event ‘Indie Mag Madness’ is a chance to hear from some of the best people making and distributing indie magazines today
Next Monday the BSME (The British Society of Magazine Editors) will hold its first ever event on the subject of indie magazines. Speakers include David Lane (The Gourmand), Cathy Olmedillas (Anorak), Rob Orchard (Delayed Gratification), David Jenkins (Little White Lies) and Steve Watson of Stack, the indie mag subscription company.
3 November 2015
TPTQ Arabic; Frank; FS Brabo by Fontsmith; Typomad 2015; New Perspectives in Typography; The Eric Gill Series
Typotheque’s Peter Biľak has announced the launch of TPTQ Arabic, a new type foundry dedicated to developing original high-quality Arabic typefaces and systems for bi-lingual typography.
26 October 2015
In Progress, Glyph*, Lago, Patternalia and Street Art Santiago
Here are a few books that have caught our attention in recent weeks.
24 September 2015
The Graphic Workshop was a Boston artists’ collaborative, whose ‘Endangered Species’ poster series is celebrated in a current exhibition.
By Paul Dobbs and Elizabeth Resnick
The Graphic Workshop was an artists’ collaborative in Boston that produced hundreds of remarkable silkscreen posters during a 22-year period, write Paul Dobbs and Elizabeth Resnick.
9 August 2015
Data Design; Mucho’s Sonia Delaunay catalogue; Alvin Langdon Coburn; and Irma Boom explores the cosmos with Olafur Eliasson
Here are a few more books that caught our attention in recent weeks.
13 May 2015
Could Selfiecity’s systems of visual analysis one day become a force for the common good?
‘Selfies’ are a cultural phenomenon, and it seems you cannot move for people taking them, writes Noel Douglas.
11 May 2015
Chineasy, The Happy Reader, Yellow, Brick and Puss Puss
Here are a few projects that have caught our attention in recent weeks.
24 March 2015
Gourmand Grotesque 777 & 888, 10x10, Type Team, PLINC and A Typographic Bestiary
Here are a few #TypeTuesday books, catalogues and specimens that caught our attention in recent weeks.
20 March 2015
Aisha Zeijpveld, Declan Shalvey, Steve Doogan, Tomi Ungerer, Veronica Ditting, Anders Eklind and Björn Engström, Chrissie Macdonald and Snask. Anna Kealey continues her coverage of the Dublin conference
Saturday’s illustration-heavy line-up at Offset welcomed artist, author and designer Tomi Ungerer, illustrator Chrissie Macdonald and creative agency Snask, among many others, to the stage, writes Anna Kealey.
13 March 2015
Kemistry Gallery’s brief pop-up exhibition at Protein Studios gives visitors a chance to sample its quirky approach to design and graphic art
Kemistry Gallery occupied a small space in Shoreditch for ten years, and in that time, they showed a series of stimulating exhibitions.
5 February 2015
International street artists ‘map their spaces’ on the walls of London’s Somerset House
‘Mapping the City’, featuring 50 artists, occupies the New Wing of Somerset House, a space in transition that features bare concrete floors, fireplaces in disrepair and unfinished stonework doorways, writes Sarah Snaith.
21 January 2015
The global financial crisis sparked the creation of O Espelho (The Mirror) – a wall newspaper for the streets of Lisbon. By Rose Epple
The first appearance of the Portuguese wall newspaper O Espelho – on 12 November 2012 – was timed to coincide with Angela Merkel’s visit to Lisbon, writes Rose Epple.
16 January 2015
The Story Museum in Oxford celebrates the power of fiction with an exhibition that combines spoken word with photography and installation design
The Story Museum, which opened in 2014, occupies an unrefurbished building in the heart of Oxford and ‘26 Characters’ is its inaugural exhibition, writes Clare Walters.
31 December 2014
Noble Rot and OOMK magazines, the Redstone Press diary and two calendars in glorious colour
Here are a few things that caught our attention as 2014 crossfades into 2015.
7 November 2014
Paul Graham, Rian Hughes, Modern Toss, The Art of Noir and Nude’s take on underground graphics
Here are a few books that have caught our attention in recent weeks.
1 September 2014
Eye’s panel of printers, designers, photographers and publishers will talk about the past, present and future of printing this Tuesday evening at St Bride
The Type Tuesday event at St Bride Library in London (2 September 2014) is entitled ‘No end of print?’ and will include speakers from Calverts, New North Press, Kin, Pureprint and Hoxton Mini-Press, among many others.
31 July 2014
A review of 21 Revolutions by Elizabeth F. Beidler
21 Revolutions tells the story of Glasgow Women’s Library (GWL) through the eyes of 42 women – 21 artists and 21 writers – who have created work that responds to the Library’s unique collection of donated materials, writes Elizabeth F. Beidler.
24 July 2014
East London students attend a letterpress workshop with the Barcelona printing collective
The University of East London discarded its letterpress equipment years ago, like many UK-based higher education institutions, in favour of digital technology, writes Stephen Barrett.
1 May 2014
The exhibition ‘Century: 100 Years of Type in Design’ opens in New York
The ‘Century: 100 Years of Type in Design’ exhibition opens today at the AIGA National Design Center in New York.
14 April 2014
Le Petit Néant, The Pitchfork Review, Please Come to the Show, Mould Map and Typolitic, a new site for undergraduate work
Here is a selection of things – magazines, exhibitions, books and posters – that caught our attention in recent weeks.
25 March 2014
Content Aware typography makes Adobe’s software ‘fail’ in the most interesting way
Content Aware Fill first appeared in Adobe Photoshop CS5, released in 2010, writes Tom Harrad.
17 March 2014
Pop Art Design, The Magazine 19, Punk 45, D&AD 2013 and REsolutions
Here are brief reviews of some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.
20 January 2014
The Cuban OSPAAAL posters in Kemistry’s show pack a macho sense of déjà vu, says Colin Davies.
Walk into Kemistry’s OSPAAAL exhibition in Shoreditch and you might be hit by the Cuban posters’ familiarity – there’s a sense of déjà vu, writes Colin Davies.
2 December 2013
Alphabet postcards, type geeks as ‘birders’, post-digital letterpress, understanding type basics and calligraphy
Here is a brief look at some type-oriented titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.
18 November 2013
Singapore’s graphic design story matches the city-state’s dramatic narrative, but this breathless overview leaves little time for reflection
In the introduction to Independence: The History of Graphic Design in Singpore since the 1990s, author Justin Zhuang quotes Deyan Sudjic, ‘design is the language that a society uses to create objects that reflect its purposes and values’, writes Steve Rigley.
1 November 2013
Biografiktion, Graffiti School, Travellers’ children, Tretchikoff, Soho divas and Xerography
Biografiktion (Nobrow Press, £18.99, $29.00) is a book of fictional stories about celebrities, set in comic book format.
16 October 2013
The work of Enid Marx links two new exhibitions about animals at Compton Verney in Warwickshire
For designers and illustrators with an interest in print-making there is much to see in two inter-related exhibitions at the beautiful (if rather remote) Compton Verney gallery in Warwickshire, writes Clare Walters.
14 October 2013
A report from day two of the AGI Open conference at London’s Barbican.
Day two of AGI Open kicked off with insights and wisdom about ‘collaborative practice’, write Pam Bowman and Matt Edgar.
10 October 2013
Pulp!, a 1989 newspaper devoted to trees, drew attention to green issues through art, illustration, writing and photography
Pulp! was a one-off, large-format newspaper published in 1989 to raise awareness of pressing green issues.
30 September 2013
Fresh off the rollers and over to the mailing house
The new issue, Eye 86, has been printed and is ready to be sent out to subscribers and bookstores around the world.
5 September 2013
For the Love of Letterpress, Brighton Swimming Club, the history of CGI, Blackletter and Thomas Heatherwick
Here is a brief look at some titles that arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office in recent weeks.
27 August 2013
Image-makers go Underground to seek inspiration for the outer surfaces of Oyster card holders
Outline Editions, in collaboration with Designjunction, have commissioned ten designers and illustrators – including Noma Bar, Kate Moross and James Joyce – to decorate some limited-edition Oyster card* holders in celebration of the 150th anniversary year of London Underground (whose first journey was in January 1863).
14 August 2013
New Movement Collective inhabits a disused space with dance, architecture, light and sound
The prospect of combining contemporary dance with architecture, light installation and sound is an enticing one – it recognises the natural relationship between body, sound, image and space, writes Sarah Snaith.
6 August 2013
88 magazine lovers have made this one-off newsprint publication for a good cause – raising money to support mag maven Bob Newman
Last March (2013), art director Bob Newman suffered an appalling accident in a swimming pool.
5 August 2013
Works That Work #2, Printed Pages #2, Desktop publishing, Presstival and some words for the London Design Festival
Here are a few publications and announcements that have grabbed our attention over the past week or so.
1 August 2013
Francis Atterbury’s Hurtwood Press takes a high-tech approach to publishing short-run books for photographers, designers and artists
Francis Atterbury’s Hurtwood Press is a new kind of publisher with a old name, writes Andrew Robertson.
31 July 2013
After Butler’s Wharf from the RCA’s CWAD graduates, Vapourware, Tractor Boys, Map of Days and Abram Games’s Penguin covers
23 July 2013
Established graphic designers struggle with the ‘white cube’ of a gallery space. How can emerging designers explain their work in the crowded environs of a graduate show?
Each year, graduating students of the Visual Communication course at the Royal College of Art are faced with the problem of their final graduate show, writes Jessica Morgan.
17 July 2013
Design through a typographic lens – a report from the TDC Awards in New York by Doug Clouse
The Type Directors Club annual competition captures a portrait of design in our time through the lens of typography, writes Doug Clouse.
14 July 2013
The Roundel, quotes and quips, Various Small Books, interaction design and Unearthing
In the first of a new series of ‘Books received’ blog posts, here is a brief look at some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.
28 June 2013
A new exhibition recounts the history of political persuasion, from coins to tweets.
The British Library’s exhibition, ‘Propaganda: Power and Persuasion’, shows a 1982 political cartoon that was drawn shortly after martial law was imposed in Poland. The drawing is of General Jaruzelski, a Polish political leader, attempting to bridge the gap between two sides of a widening chasm. The left side represents propaganda; the right represents reality, writes Katy Canada.
26 June 2013
A collaboration – between Columbo, in Sri Lanka, and Falmouth, in the UK – explores the typographic possibilities of the Sinhalese abugida
The orthography of the Sinhalese, one of the peoples of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka‚ is one of three writing systems that populate the visible culture of the south Asian island nation, writes Timothy Donaldson.
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?
14 June 2013
We shouldn’t glamourise ‘de-branding’ as cool ‘anti-design’, says Alex Cameron. It’s simply against design.
In March this year, the Australian government’s ‘de-branded’ cigarette packaging design was one of fourteen nominated entries – in the Graphics category – in the Design Museum’s ‘Designs of the Year 2013’ awards / exhibition, writes Alex Cameron.
27 May 2013
A magazine for Bob Newman; ‘Image Duplicator’; Erwin Blumenfeld at Somerset House; and Rémi Noël’s ‘This is not a map’
When French art director / photographer Rémi Noël goes to the States, he uses road maps rather than relying on a GPS device. And he prefers silver film to digital photography.
20 May 2013
The Bauhaus Archive presents a tour of German-language typographic history with ‘On-Type: Texts on Typography’.
They say that an exhibition should never be a book on a wall, but ‘On-Type’ is exactly that. The entire exhibition is made up of many books and texts all over the walls at Berlin’s Bauhaus Archive, writes Jessica Jenkins.
1 May 2013
Steven McCarthy examines the way maps represent Eritrea’s capital city, Asmara – from architectural gems to military legacy
Unable to find a map of Asmara prior to my trip to Eritrea, apart from the page-sized version in a Lonely Planet guidebook, I made several screen grabs of Google maps in progessive levels of detail and saved them as images on an iPad, writes Steven McCarthy in his second report from Eritrea.
22 April 2013
Juggalos, Marmite, Thatcher, Fatherless, Dogs in Cars and Designs of the Year
A few awards, books and images that caught our attention in recent weeks.
10 April 2013
Do designers read and write? The Blunt conference aims to inject more writing into design education. Preview by Linda Kwon.
Graphic design is by and large a visual practice used as a tool in the service of others, writes Linda Kwon. The field of design has given little attention to nurturing an integrated practice of writing and criticism.
3 April 2013
Rich in reproductions and spanning a wide range of musical genres, Classic Rock Posters is eye candy for anyone interested in music poster design, writes Holly Harris.
24 March 2013
The Alliance Graphique Internationale pulls out the stops for a two-day, student-oriented event at London’s Barbican this autumn
Last Wednesday saw a rare gathering of some of the UK’s most senior designers (David Gentleman, Sean Perkins, Margaret Calvert, Henrik Kubel), and design educators, crammed into a small room at the Design Museum to announce an event at London’s Barbican Centre on 26-27 September – AGI Open.
18 March 2013
Sign painters, film trailers, Nieves’ zines, Tom Gauld and Pencil to Pixel in New York
A few books, videos, zines and events that caught our eye …
28 February 2013
Designers have been engaged in sex since neolithic times. Well, maybe those neolithics were not designers per se, but they were designing sexual representations, such as Venus (9500-8700BC), found in Lake Bracciano in Italy, writes Steven Heller.
27 February 2013
Bastard chairs and other Works that Work; geometric rugs at the Design Museum; Strike!, posters, a standards manual & the first live Type Tuesday at St Bride in London
Last week we spoke to graphic artist Clayton Junior about his fair trade rug, launching as part of the NODE collection at the Design Museum on 5 March 2013.
24 February 2013
Get your skates on! Only a few days left to enter the 2013 European Design Awards
The submission deadline for the 2013 European Design Awards in Belgrade is fast approaching – it’s Thursday 28 February 2013.
11 February 2013
Scroll down; paper time capsule; Typography Summer School in two cities; design activism at the V&A; Sketchnotes; icons for data
A few objects, images and forthcoming events that caught our attention in recent weeks …
6 February 2013
A review of this year’s Design of Understanding conference by Mark Barratt
‘Stuff that Max Gadney and his friends think is interesting’ would have been a more awkward but accurate title for the one-day conference ‘The Design of Understanding’, writes Mark Barratt. The event was curated by Gadney, an information designer, at St Bride Library, London on Friday 25 January 2013.
28 January 2013
Rick Finlay recalls his time at Reading, a university education that was not about vocation, but ‘raw knowledge and research, and their applicability to whatever life throws at you’
As an undergraduate on the Typography course at Reading University around 1980 I found enough fellow tunesmiths to put together a five-piece band made up only of students on the course, writes Rick Finlay. We were proud of our rock-pop constructions, but also fastidious about the packaging of our demo cassette.
17 January 2013
Dr Hans Sachs was the poster aficionado who launched Das Plakat. By Graham Twemlow
Graham Twemlow writes: A large part of the Hans Sachs poster collection is about to be sold off at auction (see ‘Back on the market’). Born in Breslau, Germany in 1881, Dr Sachs began collecting posters at the end of the nineteenth century while he was training to become a chemist (he later turned to dentistry).