Graphic design

22 September 2021

Books received #47

Books received #47

The IBM Poster Program; This is What Democracy Looked Like; Flag Waves
Here is a selection of titles that caught our attention in recent weeks.

14 September 2021

Always drawn, never written

Always drawn, never written

This unusual biography of book designer Helmut Salden (1910-96) shows the processes behind his lettering for dust jackets. By Jan Middendorp
Helmut Salden (1910-96) was the most productive book cover designer in the Netherlands, during the postwar era, writes Jan Middendorp.

8 September 2021

Year of the pictograms

Year of the pictograms

‘Tokyo 1964’ demonstrates the lasting influence of that year’s games on design for the Olympics
As this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games were nearing their end, an exhibition exploring the legacy of Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics opened at Japan House in London. ‘Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow’ is a comprehensive case study of the 1964 Olympics and its lasting design legacy, writes Gabriela Matuszyk.

16 July 2021

Books received #45

Books received #45

Bill Brandt and Henry Moore; Closed on Mondays by Dinah Casson; Drama by Vanja Cuculić
Here are a few books about visual culture that have been languishing in a dark corner of the Eye office.

9 July 2021

Beyond The Bell Jar

Beyond The Bell Jar

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

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.

10 June 2021

Brazilian type bonanza

Brazilian type bonanza

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

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?

29 March 2021

Books received #44

Books received #44

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.
 
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