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Eye newsletter
16 February 2018

Dear friends

At the end of last month, we launched Eye 95 at the Type Directors Club in New York to a sold-out audience. Speakers at the event included Stefanie Weigler and David Heasty of Brooklyn-based graphic design studio Triboro and illustrator, graphic designer and film-maker R. O. Blechman.

It was a pleasure to meet some of our American readers; we look forward to staying in touch in the coming months.



Our first Type Tuesday event in 2018, ‘Sophie Thomas: Rethink, Recycle, Redesign’, will be held at St Bride Library on 6 March.

On the night, Sophie Thomas and guests will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of design agency Thomas.Matthews by looking forward to graphic design’s role in surviving the next twenty years.

We hope you will join us once again to enjoy exciting speakers and thought-provoking discussion.



Installation image of ‘Andreas Gursky’, showing 99 Cent, 1999, remastered 2009 (left), and Pyongyang VI, 2007/2017 (right). Photo: Ralph Goertz. Hayward Gallery, 25 January to 22 April 2018.

Rick Poynor’s most recent Photo Critique ‘Fabricated reality’, written exclusively for, reviews the ‘Andreas Gursky’ exhibition at the newly reopened Hayward Gallery in London.

Rick questions Gursky’s images, manipulated like digital paintings, by asking, ‘Should the real be approximated when it is represented in order to perceive its intrinsic qualities, its ‘thingness’, more clearly?’



The submission deadline for the 2018 European Design Awards is today. Submissions can be made here. Hurry!

This year, Eye will be represented on the jury by assistant editor Sarah Snaith. Other members of the print jury include Bettina Schulz (Novum), Brigitte Willinger (designaustria), Freek Kroesbergen (Dutch Designers Magazine) and Jonathan Pierini (Progetto Grafico), among other design critics, editors and academics specialising in communication design. As always, the judging will be observed by an ico-D representative.


Installation image of ‘Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic’ © Victoria and Albert Museum; spread from Calls Will Be Recorded For Training And Monitoring Purposes; and Teju Cole’s Rivaz, October, 2014.

You may also enjoy recent articles on the Eye blog including ‘The visual language of Pooh’, ‘The inescapable weirdness of the West’ and ‘Photographs as catalysts’.

Warmest regards

John Walters, editor

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