Visual culture

20 May 2019

Letters from Tokyo

Letters from Tokyo

Sam Roberts reports from Tokyo Letterheads, an international ‘meet’ for letterers and sign painters
Last month’s Tokyo Letterheads event ended with an auction. One of the items (won by London’s Ged Palmer) was a hanging paper sign, a collaboration between Dude Signs (Japan) and Kingson (Taiwan), that translates roughly as ‘Brush Mafia Invades Tokyo’, writes Sam Roberts.

2 May 2019

Optimism and purpose

Optimism and purpose

The wartime posters of Abram Games retain their persuasive power. Review by Monika Parrinder
This big retrospective exhibition of wartime posters by Abram Games at the National Army Museum is an opportunity to learn from the past, writes Monika Parrinder.

26 April 2019

Eye 98 out now

Eye 98 out now

The latest issue of Eye is a type special
The latest issue of Eye has been printed and it’s on its way to subscribers and shops right now.

20 March 2019

Noted #91

Noted #91

Tricia Treacy’s Situated Between, Crayonograph, Le Gun no. 6, a journal from The Pre-Vinylite Society … and a typeset rectangular doily
Here are a few miscellaneous graphic artefacts that caught our attention in recent weeks.

8 March 2019

Figures that don’t add up

Figures that don’t add up

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Designers Speak (Up) is challenging the male-dominated awards system. By Catherine Griffiths
A new campaign aims to address the gender imbalance in New Zealand design, writes Catherine Griffiths. For the past two decades, the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) has awarded its top accolade, the Black Pin, 43 times: 40 men, 3 women.

22 February 2019

Gentle reminder

Gentle reminder

Three books – all crowd-funded – from Spitalfields Life, offer complementary, clear-eyed observations of the history of London’s East End
The anonymous ‘Gentle Author’, best known for his popular daily blog Spitalfields Life, has built up an impressive small publishing ‘empire’ with crowd-funded books that largely deal with stories and images from the history of London’s East End.

10 January 2019

Eye on Campus

Eye on Campus

The University of Lincoln’s bulk subscription to Eye provides students with opportunities to relish the tactility of print – with a selfie to prove it
Several years ago, Barrie Tullett, graphic design programme leader at University of Lincoln, decided that his students should read Eye magazine.

2 January 2019

Books received #35

Books received #35

Jonny Hannah’s Fast Cars and Ukeleles; Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Colour; Sébastian Morlighem’s Essaime; and The Eye
Here is a selection of books that caught our attention in the dog days of 2019.

11 December 2018

To infinity and beyond

To infinity and beyond

Kevin J. Hunt reviews Paul Jackson’s accessible new book about pattern-making
Paul Jackson, an origami artist and design teacher, has created a highly accessible guide to making repeat patterns that encourages playfulness, adaptation, experimentation and vital rule-breaking, writes Kevin J. Hunt.

5 December 2018

Drawing up Modern man

Drawing up Modern man

Neurath and Kahn – the impresarios of early twentieth-century infographics. Review of Image Factories. Infographics 1920-1945
Image Factories. Infographics 1920-1945’s humble appearance belies its contents – a wealth of precious knowledge and visuals, and an elaborate inner design that uses three different papers and special colour prints, writes Sandra Rendgen.
 
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