December 2020

17 December 2020

Waves of popularity

Waves of popularity

Justin Burns

Graphic Design plays a key role in the re-emergence of Britain’s much-loved coastal resorts. The seventh and final instalment of Justin Burns’s series about seaside graphic design
The tide comes in. The tide goes out. The seaside is, by its very nature, a place in constant transition, writes Justin Burns.

10 December 2020

In memoriam Bush Hollyhead

In memoriam Bush Hollyhead

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Bush Hollyhead’s illustrations had a nervous energy and paranoid style that enchanted both colleagues and rivals. Walker Mimms pays tribute
With the death last month of Bush Hollyhead, the illustration world has lost one of the most beguiling and self-aware interpreters of the 1970s, writes Walker Mimms.

26 November 2020

Type Tuesday: Happy Birthday St Bride!

Type Tuesday: Happy Birthday St Bride!

Eye editors, John L. Walters

Some of our favourite speakers return to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St Bride Printing Library on 1 December 2020
Eye magazine started organising Type Tuesdays as a regular St Bride Library event back in 2013, and it has been a wonderful partnership: a way to bring designers together for a social occasion that is educative and fun, and an opportunity for the magazine team to keep in touch with readers and contributors, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.

23 November 2020

Risoholics of the world unite!

Risoholics of the world unite!

Gabriela Matuszyk, Kiki Chang

A book printed entirely in Risograph technology seeks to share the love of this intriguing printing technique. By Gabriela Matuszyk and Kiki Chang
It took 850 days, 74 tubes of soy ink, fifteen colours, 660 masters, 690,000 sheets of paper, three fans, two digital Riso duplicators and four people to complete this 360-page book that focuses on one thing: the process of Risograph printing, write Gabriela Matuszyk and Kiki Chang

11 November 2020

From analogue to activism

From analogue to activism

Alex J. Todd

magCulture Live goes digital next week, for a two-day conference that celebrates the creative and social powers of magazines
Dividing its focus between ‘activism’ and ‘analogue’, magCulture 2020 shows that even in difficult, disruptive times, printed magazines keep their fingers on the pulse of the moment, writes Alex J. Todd.

5 November 2020

An Iranian vision

An Iranian vision

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Despite censorship and sanctions, a bilingual magazine showcasing Iranian and Western design has flourished for two decades. By Steven Heller
The history of visual arts in Iran is divided into two historical periods of Iranian pre-Islamic and post-Islamic art, writes Steven Heller.

29 October 2020

Sea, sky, paint and pattern

Sea, sky, paint and pattern

Justin Burns

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.

13 October 2020

Letterpress celebration

Letterpress celebration

James Clough, Simon Esterson

Italy’s Tipoteca museum commemorates its quarter century with 25 specially commissioned posters. By Simon Esterson and James Clough
Based in Cornuda in the northeast of Italy, Tipoteca is one of the finest printing museums in the world.

1 October 2020

Twisted characters

Twisted characters

John L. Walters

Hamish Smyth’s wordmarks for Gaslit Nation and Bellingcat are memorable graphic identities for organisations that fight populism and disinformation with solid research and truth. By John L. Walters
Hamish Smyth’s identity for the Gaslit Nation podcast is a smart piece of design for a project that is playing a part in the unravelling of Trump’s presidency, writes John L. Walters.

19 September 2020

Crouwel’s institutional intuition

Crouwel’s institutional intuition

Alex J. Todd

On the first anniversary of Wim Crouwel’s death, Alex J. Todd recalls a visit to the Stedelijk Museum exhibition ‘Mr. Gridnik’
On 19 September 2019, nine days before the opening of ‘Wim Crouwel: Mr. Gridnik’ at the Stedelijk Museum, Crouwel died, aged 90, in Amsterdam, writes Alex J. Todd.
 
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