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29 October 2020

Sea, sky, paint and pattern

Sea, sky, paint and pattern

Rich, decorative patterns shape our experience of the British seaside. The sixth in Justin Burns’s series on coastal graphic design
Patterns and decoration have long informed the design of seaside architecture – promenades, amusements, hotels and shops. Arcades, piers and theme parks display bunting, flags and decorative signage that create an entertaining environment, writes Justin Burns.

13 October 2020

Letterpress celebration

Letterpress celebration

Italy’s Tipoteca museum commemorates its quarter century with 25 specially commissioned posters. By Simon Esterson and James Clough
Based in Cornuda in the northeast of Italy, Tipoteca is one of the finest printing museums in the world.

1 October 2020

Twisted characters

Twisted characters

Hamish Smyth’s wordmarks for Gaslit Nation and Bellingcat are memorable graphic identities for organisations that fight populism and disinformation with solid research and truth. By John L. Walters
Hamish Smyth’s identity for the Gaslit Nation podcast is a smart piece of design for a project that is playing a part in the unravelling of Trump’s presidency, writes John L. Walters.

19 September 2020

Crouwel’s institutional intuition

Crouwel’s institutional intuition

On the first anniversary of Wim Crouwel’s death, Alex J. Todd recalls a visit to the Stedelijk Museum exhibition ‘Mr. Gridnik’
On 19 September 2019, nine days before the opening of ‘Wim Crouwel: Mr. Gridnik’ at the Stedelijk Museum, Crouwel died, aged 90, in Amsterdam, writes Alex J. Todd.

4 September 2020

Artificial sunshine

Artificial sunshine

Illuminated lettering signals entertainment and escapism by the sea. The fifth in Justin Burns’s series about coastal graphic design
If we take away the bright lights is there a place? The Blackpool Illuminations first lit the Lancashire seafront in 1879 when they were described as ‘Artificial Sunshine’, and remains an annual event every autumn, writes Justin Burns.

1 September 2020

David King: Ranged Left!

David King: Ranged Left!

Eye’s next Type Tuesday, ‘David King: Ranged Left!’ will celebrate the life and work of David King (1943-2016) 
Please join us for the next Type Tuesday at 6pm (British Summer Time) on 8 Sept 2020. This online event marks the publication of Rick Poynor’s new book David King: Designer, Activist, Visual Historian (Yale), designed by Eye’s Simon Esterson. 

20 July 2020

Pier review

Pier review

Decorative typography and lettering evoke the halcyon days of the British seaside. The fourth in Justin Burns’s series about coastal graphic design
Lettering, typography, and accentuated three-dimensional signs dominate the British coast, writes Justin Burns.

9 July 2020

Type Tuesday: I ❤️ MG

Type Tuesday: I ❤️ MG

Join us via Zoom for Eye’s Type Tuesday special on 14 July 2020 to hear Steven Heller and a panel of guests pay tribute to Milton Glaser
Milton Glaser, who died last month on 26 June, his 91st birthday, is such an important figure in graphic design that it’s hard to know where to start … or stop.

3 June 2020

Books of seaside revelations

Books of seaside revelations

Guidebooks have enticed visitors to resorts since the nineteenth century. The third in Justin Burns’s series about coastal graphic design in the UK
For decades, the guidebook has navigated visitors through the bright lights of the seaside, showcasing the attractions and architectural splendour of the British coast, writes Justin Burns.

27 April 2020

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

In the second instalment of Eye’s online series about graphic design at the UK seaside, Justin Burns navigates the history of the travel poster
The Bank Holiday, a very British institution, was first introduced in 1871, allowing workers an allocated day for respite and recuperation in August, writes Justin Burns.
 
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