Visual Culture

9 August 2017

Wallcats take Chicago

Wallcats take Chicago

The future of sign painting is female, declares Meredith Kasabian, co-curator of a new show featuring under-represented women sign painters
On Friday 8 September 2017 the work of more than 60 women sign painters from nine countries will descend upon Chicago in the world’s first exhibition of hand-painted signs made exclusively by women, writes co-curator Meredith Kasabian.

30 July 2017

Letterheads in Oslo

Letterheads in Oslo

A report from the informal annual gathering of signwriters, pinstripers, calligraphers and other lettering experts. By Helen Ingham
Last month the ‘Letterheads’ met for their annual meeting, which this year took place in Oslo, Norway, writes Helen Ingham.

25 July 2017

Felt-tip fundamentals

Felt-tip fundamentals

Ink soaks into paper as Daniel Eatock’s mark-making processes result in a riot of colour
Designer and artist Daniel Eatock has a good-natured but unswerving way of reducing things to their essence, writes John L. Walters.

30 May 2017

Friendships and glue

Friendships and glue

A book of scrapbook pages gives new insights into the world of illustrator Edward Bawden
Designer-illustrator Edward Bawden is remembered for a prolific career that embraced posters, book covers, illustrations, murals and set design, writes John L. Walters.

24 May 2017

Books received #26

Books received #26

Frieze, Developing Citizen Designers, Classic Penguin, 2Create and Our World to Change!
Here are a few books that caught our attention in recent weeks.

6 May 2017

Characters in search of an emoji

Characters in search of an emoji

Can emojis help people with serious difficulties in communication and self-expression? Katie Baggs is on a mission to find the ‘emoji gaps’
For Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday on 7 March 2017, themed ‘Fists, fleurons & emojis’, I joined designers Alan Kitching, Gavin Lucas and Rian Hughes plus Emojipedia’s Jeremy Burge to chair a panel discussion on non-alphanumeric characters, writes Katie Baggs.

28 April 2017

Noted #81

Noted #81

De Worde, Span, Cashcow Oblique, Bad Decisions and Oz magazine
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

10 April 2017

Bubbles black as ink

Bubbles black as ink

For the past 28 years, Barrie Tullett has been making a typographic Dante, a project to illustrate all 100 Cantos of the Divine Comedy with letterpress, typewriters and Letraset. He is still in Purgatory … and on show in Dublin.
Appropriately enough, my love affair with typography began with a Lonely Hearts Ad, writes Barrie Tullett.

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.
 
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