Design history

15 September 2008

Q&A with Strange Attractors

Q&A with Strange Attractors

q&a

Who cares about graphic design history?
Read our Eye 68 Q&A with Ryan Pescatore Frisk and Catelijne van Middelkoop of Strange Attractors on the Eye site.

12 September 2008

Up against the wall

Up against the wall

andrew howard

The Poster-Film Collective. Beyond the designer-client relationship
The Summer 2008 issue of Eye, no. 68, went ‘Beyond the canon’ to question and to enlarge the accepted pantheon of graphic design; here, designer Andrew Howard draws attention to the History Sets of posters produced by the Poster-Film Collective.

5 September 2008

Two degrees of (colour) separation

Two degrees of (colour) separation

john l. walters

Graphic Rolling Stones artefacts are saved for the nation
It began with a letter – addressed to the designer at the Royal College of Art, writes John L. Walters.

5 August 2008

A raid on sacred cows

A raid on sacred cows

mary ann bolger

The Táin demonstrates how design can contribute to a nation’s sense of itself
Graphic design heroes might be, as Martha Scotford noted, Western white men, but they’re a particular kind of Western, white, man: there are few Finns, Greeks or Irish in the canon. As a 1992 article in Graphis asked: ‘Where are the Paul O’Rands, the Milton McGlasers?’

4 August 2008

Not fade away

Not fade away

graphic design history, kenneth fitzgerald, mit, posters

Jacqueline Casey: the foremost US practitioner of the International Style
By selecting Jacqueline Casey as her most underappreciated graphic designer in Eye’s ‘Beyond the canon’ issue (‘Woman at the edge of technology’), Elizabeth Resnick gave a shout-out to my own candidate, writes Kenneth FitzGerald.

30 July 2008

Commercial modernism

Commercial modernism

steven heller

Teague’s modernistic gem gave Kodak a distinct visual personality
The Summer 2008 issue of Eye, no. 68, goes ‘Beyond the canon’ to question and to enlarge the accepted pantheon of graphic design history; here Steven Heller reminds us of a forgotten ‘modernistic gem’.

29 July 2008

Googling the canon

Googling the canon

martha scotford

For this special issue of Eye, we put 93 designers into the search engine
Nearly two decades ago, historian Martha Scotford analysed five key books (including Meggs’ History) to discover what the canon of graphic design history might be.

28 July 2008

Founding father of infodesign

Founding father of infodesign

simon esterson

How Will Burtin used design for science in exhibitions and magazines
Above: the walk-in Cell exhibition, a million times larger than life, designed by Will Burtin for UpJohn. From Design and Science: The Life and Work of Will Burtin, reviewed by Eye art director Simon Esterson in Eye no. 68.
 
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