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Eye newsletter
13 June 2018

Dear friends

Eye 96, a magazine special issue, is out and on its way to readers worldwide. If you don’t yet have your copy, you can catch a glimpse via Eye Before You Buy on Vimeo, and see the contents listed here.


Cover and spreads for Eye 96. Art director: Simon Esterson. Art editor: Holly Catford. Designer: Leo Field.

It’s the first of two special issues on the theme of magazines, with a Reputations interview with New York Times Magazine design director Gail Bichler, an article about soccer magazine Eight by Eight and ‘Town shaped the Sixties’ about art director Tom Wolsey, one of the subjects of our recent Type Tuesday event ‘Anatomy of a magazine’ at St Bride Library in London. In ‘Looking at magazines looking at themselves’ we look at some big books about Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, New York, The Face and Octavo.



Jason Ford’s illustrations for Eye 96 have inspired us to launch another ‘EyeSight’ competition on social media, for a chance to win a year’s subscription to Eye. (We last did this for Eye 85, when Richard Marston was the winner.) A few people have already taken their own versions of the cover picture, of a reader being drawn into a magazine, but this time we would like to broaden out the ‘EyeSight’ challenge. We invite you to recreate any of the pictures from ‘Anatomy of a magazine’ and post it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #Eye96 and #EyeSight.



Some of our contributors – book cover designer Jon Gray, photographer Ed Park and the arms of Eye’s business manager Janet South and Heart illustration agent Jenny Bull – re-enacting and interpreting illustrator Jason Ford’s spot illustrations from the cover of Eye 96 and the cover feature ‘Anatomy of a magazine’.


A walk-through of the ‘Edward Bawden’ exhibition with curator James Russell. See ‘Friendships and glue’, a review of Edward Bawden Scrapbooks, on the Eye blog.

Our next event is on the early evening of Friday 13 July at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Lates: By The Seaside. The next Type Tuesday is on 4 September, and you can find more fantastic design and visual culture dates for your diary – including the new ‘Print!’ exhibition at Somerset House and ‘Amsterdam, The Magic Centre: Art and Counter Culture 1967-1970’ at the Stedelijk Museum – on the Eye Events page.

For more on the subject of magazines, read my editorial, where I write that ‘at its best, magazine design is an endlessly rewarding dialogue with contributors and readers.’

Warmest regards

John Walters, editor


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