Posters

11 June 2009

Beyond our Ken

Beyond our Ken

andrew robertson

Celebrating Ken Briggs’ colourful career at the National Theatre
Graphic designer Ken Briggs is one of the great Kens of 1960s London, writes Andrew Robertson. Possibly not quite as celebrated (or notorious) as Ken Garland, Ken Tynan, Kenneth Williams or Ken ‘Civilisation’ Clark, but always admired and appreciated by other designers for his characteristically British take on Modernism.

17 April 2009

Revival! preview

Revival! preview

the type department

Speed-dating, craft, obsessive photography and The DFC
Revival!: Eighth Annual Friends of St Bride Library Conference St Bride Library, London, 23 and 24 April 2008 This conference, explain the organisers, explores how we reinvigorate contemporary design thinking through a reconsideration of what it is we think we do best. The past has a part to play in such a reconsideration. On offer at this event then are a series of talks and displays, which set out the stories of key practitioners and their re-engagement with what it is they do as designers, writers and makers by looking backward to find fresh creative directions, renewed enthusiasm and a way forward.

7 April 2009

Curwen on the Stone(s)

Curwen on the Stone(s)

the picture department

Pasche’s rock’n’roll posters get the fine printing treatment
Designer John Pasche writes to tell us that his celebrated Rolling Stones posters (see Two degrees of (colour) separation, Eye Blog, September 2008) are available from his new website, rollingstonesposters.co.uk.

20 March 2009

Design auction

Design auction

the picture department

Were you there? How much did you drink? What did you buy?
Photographs: Julian Anderson, juliananderson.co.uk

23 February 2009

Collection by Matt Willey

Collection by Matt Willey

Scrapper vs. Slugger. Boxing posters: tough type; bare facts; no fuss
I found these old boxing posters recently and I think they are wonderful, writes Matt Willey. The typefaces and the way they are arranged appeal to me. The arrangement of the type is a result, I presume, of a simple need to get all this information on the poster – nothing more fancy than that.

27 January 2009

Barack, Marvin and John. And Miles

Barack, Marvin and John. And Miles

john l. walters

Now we have a world leader who looks like a visionary musician
Rageh Omaar, speaking on the BBC TV programme This Week, noted that it is easy for western commentators to underestimate the significance of one aspect of Obama’s presidency, writes John L. Walters. That, for the first time, the majority of the world is seeing a US president who is more like them: not white, and with a non-European name.

22 January 2009

Treasure trove of graphic resistance

Treasure trove of graphic resistance

noel douglas

Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution
What better time to see an exhibition of work by Emory Douglas, the official artist of the Black Panther Party, asks Noel Douglas (no relation – Ed). Like the Panthers, Barack Obama’s campaign also made highly visible use of ‘street’ graphics, with strong networks of grassroots flyposting, and the connections – and differences – between the two periods are made obvious as you walk around Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution at Urbis in Manchester.

15 January 2009

Design blitz at the museum

Design blitz at the museum

véronique vienne

Antoine+Manuel cram their oeuvre into the Musée des Arts Décoratifs
One goes to openings to gawk at people as much as the art, writes Véronique Vienne. Last night the upbeat Antoine+Manuel show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris was no exception. Everyone looked cool, no matter how haphazard their sense of colour. Weeks of freezing weather had sorely tested the fashion flair of most Parisians, but the exhibition’s over-the-top décor had a glamorising effect on the motley crowd wandering from room to room.

20 December 2008

Writing on the wall

Writing on the wall

jessica jenkins

Naples takes its Mafia anguish to the streets

Today, on 20 December, Naples leads Italy on to the streets to protest about political indifference towards the Camorra…

19 December 2008

Phil’s top type hits

Phil’s top type hits

the type department

Or . . . ‘Now that’s what I call typography, vol. 1’
Chris Wilson’s recent Reputations interview with Phil Baines (Eye 69) pointed out that his early work was ‘featured heavily in Typography Now: The Next Wave   (Booth-Clibborn Editions), selected by Rick Poynor and Why Not Associates in 1991. Here, by popular (and seasonal) demand, are a few examples of Phil’s work from that book.
 
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