Karel Martens

Recent articles about Karel Martens


Issue 69, Autumn 2008


The act of erasure, or striking out, can add new, unintended meanings to the images and information…

Let the object speak

Issue 11, Winter 1993


The work of Dutch designer Karel Martens is rooted in materials rather than the ravishing image

French connections


Slender and serious, Back Cover is emerging as a Gallic platform for a resolutely non-American view…

Recent blog posts by Karel Martens

Graphic design live #1

26 October 2021

Beautiful Swiss Books; Martens in Shanghai; MagCulture Live on Thursday 4 November; Typoteka; Chaumont
Here is a selection of current and upcoming events that piqued the interest of our editorial team. Read the Eye Events page for more exhibitions, conferences, talks and workshops.

Sea, sky, paint and pattern

29 October 2020

Rich, decorative patterns shape our experience of the British seaside. The sixth in Justin Burns’s series on coastal graphic design
Patterns and decoration have long informed the design of seaside architecture – promenades, amusements, hotels and shops. Arcades, piers and theme parks display bunting, flags and decorative signage that create an entertaining environment, writes Justin Burns.