Design history

4 April 2017

Dear Mr Johnston

Dear Mr Johnston

A letter from Eiichi Kono to the designer of Johnston Sans, the famous London Underground typeface
Dear Mr Edward Johnston May I take the liberty of introducing myself so that I can bring you up to date on the fate of your typeface?

27 February 2017

Games people play

Games people play

From Senet to Pandemic, the Museum of Childhood’s exhibition ‘Game Plan’ covers five thousand years of fun with board games
If there’s one thing to take away from the ‘Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered’ exhibition is that playing board games is a serious business, writes Clare Walters.

2 February 2017

Draw the Truth

Draw the Truth

At Chelsea College, London – an evening about reportage illustration on Wed 22 February 2017.
This informal event features illustrators Lucinda Rogers and Olivier Kugler talking about their work, plus curators Isabelle Bricknall and Olivia Ahmad on the legacy of the late Jo Brocklehurst, followed by a panel discussion chaired by Prof. Neil Cummings of Chelsea College.

23 January 2017

Information is everywhere

Information is everywhere

Awards tell only a fraction of the story, but there was plenty to learn from at the Information is Beautiful Awards, writes Max Gadney
The 2016 Information is Beautiful Awards were a generous and cerebral jamboree hosted by David McCandless, writes Max Gadney.

29 December 2016

Moments captured

Moments captured

Edward Ardizzone’s humanity comes to the fore in a new monograph, and a retrospective at London’s House of Illustration. Review by Clare Walters
Edward Ardizzone (1900-79) was one of the foremost and most prolific artists of mid-twentieth century Britain, writes Clare Walters. His contemporaries included Edward Bawden, Pearl Binder, Eric Ravilious and John Piper – the latter two of whom were, like Ardizzone, official war artists during the Second World War.

17 November 2016

Survival guide

Survival guide

At Firstsite in Essex, Gee Vaucher’s ‘Introspective’ covers a long career spent tackling political and social issues that are more urgent than ever.By Nigel Ball
When I was a teenage punk in the early 1980s it would have seemed inconceivable that Gee Vaucher’s artwork might ever grace the walls of a gallery, let alone the front page of a daily newspaper, writes Nigel Ball.

11 November 2016

Offset Sheffield 2016: day two

Offset Sheffield 2016: day two

offset, sheffield

Florence Blanchard, LEGO, Shane Griffin, Ben Bos, Laura Carlin, Sabrina Bongiovanni, TDR, Cat Powell, Morag Myerscough & Droga5 in Sheffield
The second of two reports from Offset Sheffield … written by final-year students at Sheffield Institute of Art’s Graphic Design and Illustration course. The first day’s report can be read here.

4 October 2016

Giancarlo Ilipriandi (1925-2016)

Giancarlo Ilipriandi (1925-2016)

fedrigoni, milan

A recent interview with the distinguished and prolific Milan designer, who died on 15 September 2016 at the age of 91.

27 August 2016

The ultimate Ultrabold

The ultimate Ultrabold

After ten eventful years, St Bride’s house magazine is on pause
The news that St Bride Foundation intends to cease publication of Ultrabold in its present form for the forseeable future is an opportunity to look back on a fruitful ten years, writes Ben Weiner.*

7 July 2016

Fileteado Porteño – past and present

Fileteado Porteño – past and present

A vernacular folk art has become synonymous with the visual identity of Buenos Aires. Gustavo Ferrari explains this extraordinary craft
Fileteado porteño is a traditional Argentinean artform, which began as simple decoration on the trade carts of bread, milk and vegetable sellers in the early twentieth century, writes Gustavo Ferrari.
 
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