9 July 2021

Beyond The Bell Jar

Beyond The Bell Jar

Ruth Sykes

Shirley Tucker’s book cover designs, made during her long career with Faber, show a sure command of image, lettering and typography. By Ruth Sykes
Book cover designer Shirley Tucker (b. 1930) is known for her iconic jacket for Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, published by Faber & Faber in 1966. But the rest of her career is less well documented writes Ruth Sykes.

2 July 2021

Novo Typo goes off the grid

Novo Typo goes off the grid

Jan Middendorp

At Berlin’s A—Z gallery, Dutch designer Mark van Wageningen tests the limits of self-sufficiency with his new project Offgrid. By Jan Middendorp
In Eye 94, four years ago, we described the unorthodox typographic research methods of Amsterdam designer Mark van Wageningen, aka Novo Typo, writes Jan Middendorp.

24 June 2021

Kind of Blued

Kind of Blued

Marian Bantjes

In this series of pictures, Sameer Kulavoor focuses on an unavoidable element of Indian street life – the blue tarpaulin. By Marian Bantjes
Sameer Kulavoor is an artist famous in India for his illustrations of everyday life on the street, writes Marian Bantjes.

10 June 2021

Brazilian type bonanza

Brazilian type bonanza

Massimo Gonzato

Lazy Dog Press aims to crowdfund an English-language anthology of Tupigrafia, founded in São Paulo by Claudio Rocha and Tony de Marco  
Few type mags have had a lifespan of more than two decades, but the Portuguese-language Tupigrafia is one example, writes Massimo Gonzato.

3 June 2021

Come to the Eye 101 launch

Come to the Eye 101 launch

John L. Walters

Please join Anette Lenz, Mario Eskenazi, Jim Sutherland & Elizabeth Resnick next Tuesday 8 June to celebrate Eye’s latest issue
The next Type Tuesday is a virtual launch party, designed to celebrate the publication of the latest edition of Eye, writes editor John Walters.

25 May 2021

The clarity of the innocent eye

The clarity of the innocent eye

ken garland

In this previously unpublished essay from 2003, Ken Garland (who died last week) urges designers to be ‘alert’. In an afterword, Andrew Howard explains the context
I’ve been working as a graphic designer for 50 years, first as an art director on periodicals, from 1954-62, then as a freelance design consultant, from 1962 to date, writes Ken Garland. Has our trade / craft / profession changed much in that time? Of course it has; but how?

5 May 2021

Have we all been bad designers?

Have we all been bad designers?

Richard van der Laken

Humans invented waste, and designers are part of the problem. Richard van der Laken writes about the No Waste Challenge
Recent data suggests that our landfills are growing by some two billion tonnes of garbage every year, writes Richard van der Laken.

29 March 2021

Books received #44

Books received #44

Eye editors

Africa State of Mind; The Paper by Christoph Niemann; Modern Heraldry; and Abbatt Toys, Modern Toys for Modern Children.
Time to shine a light on some fascinating books about design and visual culture that have been piling up in a dark corner of Eye magazine’s office since the first lockdown.

6 March 2021

What now? What next?

What now? What next?

Eye editors, Type Tuesday

Come to Eye’s Type Tuesday on 9 March, with Dines (Studio Blup), Malika Favre, Dafi Kühne and magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie
Next week is the first Type Tuesday of 2021, ‘What now? What next?’. We look forward to welcoming you, via Zoom, to a virtual St. Bride with the star-studded line-up of Dines (Studio Blup), Malika Favre, Dafi Kühne and magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie.

20 February 2021

The printed howl

The printed howl

John L. Walters

Though locked down in London, this exhibition of letterpress protest posters has plenty of messages for the world
If the past few years have felt like one long trail of division, doom and injustice, followed by the deadly silence and devastating death toll of the pandemic, then ‘Reverting to Type 2020: Protest Posters’ is the exhibition for you, writes John L. Walters.
 
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