Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 83, 2012

A Disappointing Splash
A disappointing splash Making Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing By Leonard Koren. Designed by Esmilia Burchiellaro and Leonard Koren Imperfect Publishing, £24.95 Reviewed by Rick PoynorThe archly titled Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing has a semi-legendary...
Bible of Babel
The 2012 European Design Awards, the winners of which were announced in Helsinki on 26 May, attracted nearly 900 entries. Founded and run by editor Demetrios Fakinos and logistics expert Jonas Uddman, the awards were judged by a fifteen-strong jury of...
Critique: The Woman Who Took on the Wolf Man
Slawa Harasymowicz's first foray into graphic novels illuminates a Freudian case history with thrilling clarity'The Wolf Man' is Sigmund Freud's most famous case study and it has been described as the test case on which the theory and efficacy of psychoanalysis...
Dan Dare, Bunty and All Their Pals
Dan Dare, Bunty and all their pals British Comics: A Cultural History By James Chapman Reaktion Books, £25Reviewed by Julia RoundJames Chapman states his intentions openly: to trace the development of the British comics industry (from the late nineteenth...
Devil in the Detail
Careful, even-tempered typographer by day - wild art director by night? For John Morgan, both the typographic detailing and the grand gestures are essential to each project's unique 'atmosphere'.John Morgan has branded a city and typeset the words of...
Eye 83/2012
EditorJohn L. Waltersjohn.walters@eyemagazine.comT +44 (0)20 7684 6531Art directorSimon EstersonEsterson Associatessimon.esterson@eyemagazine.comT +44 (0)20 7684 6500Art editorJay Prynnejay.prynne@eyemagazine.comDesignerAlexander Ecobalexander.ecob@eyemagazine.comEditorial...
Fear of the Black
Fear of the black Pierre di Sciullo: En esthète de gondole Galerie Anatome, Paris 19 January - 24 March 2012 Reviewed by Véronique VienneLast winter, as queues formed outside Paris's Musée des Arts Décoratifs for retrospectives on graphic designers Jean-Paul...
Free for All
In designing the Ubuntu type family, Dalton Maag had to produce faces for print and screen in thirteen styles and numerous non-Latin languages - all under scrutiny from an online audience of millions. By John Ridpath'Personally I refuse to do it. If...
Gentle Giant
Tom Gauld's Goliath (Drawn & Quarterly, £14.99, $19.95), tells the story of David and Goliath from the latter's point of view. In this version, Goliath of Gath is a gentle giant, a mediocre swordsman who loves paperwork.Nevertheless, he is selected...
Giant Monkeys in Sagmeister's Soul
Giant monkeys in Sagmeister's soul Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Show Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia 4 April - 4 August 2012 Reviewed by Joan K. SmithPhiladelphia ICA, never an institution to shy away from re-contextualising culture and art,...
Last Things Last
It's not a case of 'us and them'! Ken Garland addresses an issue leftunsaid in his 1964 First Things First manifesto: an acknowledgement of the client's essential role in graphic designI believe it would be inappropriate for someone of my age - I am...
Paper Tigers
Deborah Burnstone describes Fedrigoni's inspirational workshops for secondary school art and design teachersWith paper mills closing down at an alarming rate the world over, Fedrigoni's investment of half a million euros into a four-year education programme...
Paper Tigers
A tale of two diagramsFrank Pick, the London Underground system's legendary manager, believed good design was good for business. He commissioned a typeface for the network from Edward Johnston and modern stations from Charles Holden. Pick applied a corporate...
Postmodern Jam Session
Jan Middendorp recalls Fuse, the type 'magazine' that opened up (and put the lid on) a transient era of adventurous type design from small digital foundriesPostmodernism came late to type design, but when it did, around 1990, designers embraced the postmodern...
Psychedelic Tract
Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art By Norman Hathaway and Dan Nadel Damiani £27, $39.95Reviewed by John L. WaltersThe era of psychedelic art - from the mid 1960s to the very early 70s - was so short that it is often overlooked, misunderstood...
Relentless Information
Riding the persistent wave of popular interest in data visualisation, Taschen's Information Graphics (by Sandra Rendgen and Julius Wiedemann, designed by Praline, £44.99) is a shelf-breakingly extensive compendium of the past few years' infographic explosion....
Reputations: MassimoVignelli
Massimo Vignelli, who turned 81 in January 2012, has been practising design in New York for nearly 50 years, during which time he has made a big impact on all forms of design, from graphic design, to furniture, to clothing. All the while he has steadfastly...
Rethinking Lubalin
As his book on Herb Lubalin - the first in almost 30 years - goes to press, Adrian Shaughnessy explains his change of heart about the US typographerWhen I started out as an untrained, apprentice graphic designer in the 1970s, Herb Lubalin (1918-81) was...
Shadows over Poland
Shadows over Poland Against All Odds: Polish Graphic Design 1919-1949 (published in Polish as Nie gesi: Polskie projektowanie graficzne 1919-1949) By Piotr Rypson; translated by Richard Bialy. Designed by Przemek Debowski Karakter (karakter.pl), 139...
Signs of Life under an Iron Fist
Graphics Without Computer: 40 Years of Modest Achievements By Calin Torsan, Viviana Iacob, Madalina Mirea; translated by Samuel Onn Atelierul de Grafica, euro18 (euro16 for art students / teachers from pr@atelieruldegrafica.ro)Graphics Without Computers:...
Skewed Perceptions
Skewed perceptions Rock, Paper, Scissors By Julien Vallée Gestalten, euro35, £32.50, $55 Sarah Illenberger By Sarah Illenberger Gestalten, euro19.90, £17.50, $30 Reviewed by Caroline RobertsTwo books from the same publisher. Both are hardbacks, both...
Square Pegs
The postwar reconstruction era of 1950s in the Netherlands is usually viewed as a dreary time of hard work and obedience to state, church and nation, particularly when compared to the 1960s. However, if you consider the dynamic cultural production of...
Street Life
Bremen's street magazine Die Zeitschriftder Strasse is a social project that benefits its student publishers as much as its homeless vendors. By Nick KapicaAlternative newspapers and magazines that draw attention to poverty-related issues have been around...
The Business Model: Miss Fixit
Tina Roth Eisenberg never had a business plan. But all the things she dreams up - the Swissmiss blog, 'creative mornings', stick-on tattoos - pay off.Tina Roth Eisenberg, aka Swissmiss, a design impresario by any other name, has over the past few years...
The Line of Beauty
Script typefaces, currently enjoying an unprecedented popularity, bring a vital element of humanity to the digital age.Unruly scriptsScripts, once the orphans of the type world, relegated to the back pages of type specimen books and ignored in typography...
Ways of Seeing Design
Ways of seeing design Richard Hollis Gallery Libby Sellers, London 23 March - 28 April 2012 Curated by Emily King Exhibition design: Simon Jones; graphic design by Sara de Bondt; installation photographs by Ed ReeveAbout Graphic Design: Writings By Richard...
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