Design history

29 March 2021

Books received #44

Books received #44

Africa State of Mind; The Paper by Christoph Niemann; Modern Heraldry; and Abbatt Toys, Modern Toys for Modern Children.
Time to shine a light on some fascinating books about design and visual culture that have been piling up in a dark corner of Eye magazine’s office since the first lockdown.

17 December 2020

Waves of popularity

Waves of popularity

Graphic Design plays a key role in the re-emergence of Britain’s much-loved coastal resorts. The seventh and final instalment of Justin Burns’s series about seaside graphic design
The tide comes in. The tide goes out. The seaside is, by its very nature, a place in constant transition, writes Justin Burns.

11 November 2020

From analogue to activism

From analogue to activism

magCulture Live goes digital next week, for a two-day conference that celebrates the creative and social powers of magazines
Dividing its focus between ‘activism’ and ‘analogue’, magCulture 2020 shows that even in difficult, disruptive times, printed magazines keep their fingers on the pulse of the moment, writes Alex J. Todd.

5 November 2020

An Iranian vision

An Iranian vision

editorial design, neshan magazine

Despite censorship and sanctions, a bilingual magazine showcasing Iranian and Western design has flourished for two decades. By Steven Heller
The history of visual arts in Iran is divided into two historical periods of Iranian pre-Islamic and post-Islamic art, writes Steven Heller.

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. 
 
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