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Eye newsletter
6 November 2019


Dear friends,

magCulture Live is only a few hours away (Thursday 7 November 2019) so now is your last chance to get tickets for what promises to be a terrific conference. Speakers include: Matt Willey, art director of the New York Times Magazine (see Eye 96); Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, the head of editorial at gal-dem magazine; and Serge Ricco, the creative director of L’Obs magazine (see Eye 97).

You can book tickets to magCulture Live here.
And read more about the conference speakers here.



Our next Type Tuesday, ‘From Apfel to normcore’ on 26 November, features Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas from A Practice for Everyday Life (Apfel), designer Melanie Mues and writer Elizabeth Glickfield who will be talking about type and identity design.

Apfel will discuss the importance of type in their designs for cultural projects and their plans for a new type foundry. Melanie Mues will present her identity for this year’s Venice Biennale Arte. And Elizabeth Glickfield will survey logomania and luxury fashion’s current obsession with minimal typography. The evening will conclude with a panel discussion about type, typography and identity design.

There will be a free drink on arrival, a chance to purchase Eye 99 and a selection of bargain back issues. You can buy your tickets here.

All proceeds go to support St Bride Foundation. 

Images from ATypI Tokyo taken by photographers Rodrigo Esper and Luke Garcia.

Recently published articles on the Eye blog include ‘Take the clear line’, Jan Middendorp’s review of the exhibition ‘Jooste Swarte Overal’ (‘Joost Swarte Everywhere’), on display at the Kunstal Rotterdam until 19 January 2020.

Also read ‘Tokyo two-track’, John D. Berry’s report from this year’s ATypI conference in Tokyo where talks addressed the production of Korean Hangul fonts, Japan’s printing history and ‘Czech handwriting-based scripts’.



Spread from Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland showing Wolfgang Weingart, Barbara Junod and Katie Taylor selecting and classifying samples at the Weingart archive in Basel, 2010-2011, and the cover of Weingart: My Way to Typography (see Eye 37).

You can now read all reviews, in full, from Eye 94, whose variable data cover will be featured in the Ljubljana Biennale in Slovenia. Reviews include Sarah Snaith’s ‘Stuck in neutral’, an examination of Mapping Graphic Design History in Switzerland, published by Triest Verlag, and Charlote Flint’s ‘Museums on display’, a review of Design Objects and the Museum, edited by Liz Farrelly and Joanna Weddel and published by Bloomsbury Academic.



Don’t miss Design Manchester 2019, titled ‘Smart Thinking, Thinking Smart’, which takes place from 11 November to 24 November and includes talks from Paula Scher (see Eye 77), Malcolm Garrett (see Eye 12) and Jonathan Barnbrook.

You can find details of DM 2019, alongside many other upcoming events, on our Eye Events page.


Warmest regards

John Walters, editor

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