Design history

15 October 2019

At your service

At your service

Armin Hofmann’s Graphic Design Manual. A review by Alex Cameron
A reproduction of Armin Hofmann’s poster, Giselle, designed for the Basel Open Air Theatre in 1959, has hung at my desk for more than twenty years, writes Alex Cameron.

27 September 2019

From stone to screen

From stone to screen

Curator Mark Noad explains the thinking behind ‘Rock Paper Pixel’, a new exhibition at the Lettering Arts Centre in Snape
Letter Exchange is an organisation for professionals in the lettering arts – calligraphy, letter cutting, type design and typography – that encourages discussion between these disciplines that can influence new approaches to lettering across different traditions, writes Mark Noad.

20 September 2019

Work in progress in Rotterdam

Work in progress in Rotterdam

AGI’s international president Dean Poole (New Zealand) talks about the ambitions of ‘In Progress’, this year’s AGI Open, 24 September 2019
Established in 2010 by the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) – a network of graphic designers that spans 43 nations – AGI Open is an annual, student-focused conference designed to share ideas with students and the local design community, writes Dean Poole.

16 September 2019

Corporate folk art

Corporate folk art

For BMW Art Cars, famous artists try their hands at graphic design, transforming sports cars into motorised canvases. Report by Jez Owen
If you are an art lover or a car enthusiast the phrase ‘Fine art curated by corporate automobile manufacturer’ might give you a shiver of dread, writes Jez Owen.

27 August 2019

Books received #40 (education)

Books received #40 (education)

Teaching Graphic Design History; Unfrozen – a Design Research Reader; The Graphic Design Reader; Writing for the Design Mind
Here is a collection of educationally oriented titles that have caught our attention in recent weeks.

25 July 2019

Access all areas

Access all areas

Letterform Archive needs our help to move to a new home in San Francisco. Claire Mason describes her first encounter with the collection
Three years ago, in the summer of 2016, I took a sabbatical from Penguin Books in London and spent three months in the United States, writes Claire Mason.

28 May 2019

Type now: Eye 98 live

Type now: Eye 98 live

Join us at St Bride Library for Eye’s quarterly Type Tuesday on 4 June, with Hansje van Halem, Mark Thomson, Ferdinand Ulrich and more …
The next Type Tuesday on 4 June 2019 is a live version of our latest type special issue.

2 May 2019

Optimism and purpose

Optimism and purpose

The wartime posters of Abram Games retain their persuasive power. Review by Monika Parrinder
This big retrospective exhibition of wartime posters by Abram Games at the National Army Museum is an opportunity to learn from the past, writes Monika Parrinder.

26 April 2019

Eye 98 out now

Eye 98 out now

The latest issue of Eye is a type special
The latest issue of Eye has been printed and it’s on its way to subscribers and shops right now.

13 March 2019

Hacking Gutenberg

Hacking Gutenberg

Eye’s Type Tuesday about 21st-Century letterpress featured Double Dagger, The Counter Press and Erik Spiekermann. A splendid time was had by all
Erik Spiekermann opened his talk at Type Tuesday on 5 March 2019 with some ruminations on the subject of craft: ‘Craft, skill, trade, vocation: The human impulse to make something for its own sake, to do it as well as you can,’ writes John L. Walters
 
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