Design history

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

10 January 2019

Eye on Campus

Eye on Campus

The University of Lincoln’s bulk subscription to Eye provides students with opportunities to relish the tactility of print – with a selfie to prove it
Several years ago, Barrie Tullett, graphic design programme leader at University of Lincoln, decided that his students should read Eye magazine.

5 December 2018

Drawing up Modern man

Drawing up Modern man

Neurath and Kahn – the impresarios of early twentieth-century infographics. Review of Image Factories. Infographics 1920-1945
Image Factories. Infographics 1920-1945’s humble appearance belies its contents – a wealth of precious knowledge and visuals, and an elaborate inner design that uses three different papers and special colour prints, writes Sandra Rendgen.

30 November 2018

Type Tuesday: Max Gill, Adam Dant, City ID and maps

Type Tuesday: Max Gill, Adam Dant, City ID and maps

Come to Type Tuesday at St Bride for an unforgettable evening of art, illustration, lettering and typography for maps. Plus free glass of fizz
The next Type Tuesday is ‘Max Gill and maps’ at St Bride Library, and we hope that many of you will be joining us for the final Eye event of the year.

20 November 2018

Search for a star (librarian)

Search for a star (librarian)

St Bride Library is looking for someone to take charge of its extraordinary archive
The ad looks almost mundane at first glance, tucked away on a site called lisjobnet.com, which is for ‘Library & Information’ jobs. Yet what it is advertising is one of the most crucial roles in type and design history: the job of Librarian at St Bride Printing Library in London, writes John L. Walters.

9 November 2018

If you know where to look …

If you know where to look …

Graphic design academics assemble in Sheffield to prepare for the next REF, the Research Excellence Framework. Report by Steve Rigley
The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which takes place every seven years, is the means by which UK funding councils assess the quality and impact of academic research in higher education, writes Steve Rigley.

27 September 2018

AGI’s Mexican handover

AGI’s Mexican handover

What next for AGI? Outgoing and incoming presidents Nikki Gonnissen and Dean Poole talk to Eye about their graphic design ‘club’
This week, the Alliance Graphique Internationale, aka AGI, has been meeting in Mexico City for the annual Congress and AGI Open, the former just for members, the latter a star-studded (and now sold-out) public conference from 28-29 September 2018.

6 September 2018

‘XXX’ marks the spot

‘XXX’ marks the spot

Letter Exchange, a network of professionals in the lettering arts, type design and typography, is to host a conference in Cambridge in October
2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Letter Exchange, the organisation for professionals in the lettering arts, and to celebrate, we are hosting a conference in Cambridge, entitled ‘XXX’, writes conference organiser Mark Noad.

13 August 2018

Soft sell machines

Soft sell machines

A rare insight into the ‘quietly hilarious’ advertising artwork of William Heath Robinson.
William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was a prolific artist and illustrator whose name has entered the dictionary as a way of describing excessively convoluted processes using people and machines, writes Andrew Robertson. 

26 July 2018

Weapons of craft and satire

Weapons of craft and satire

A satirical, eighteenth-century revival is heading for London’s Oxo Tower Wharf. Curator Meredith Kasabian (Pre-Vinylite Society) sets the scene
This August the Pre-Vinylite Society will present a London show lasting just four days. ‘The Grand Exhibition of the Pre-Vinylite Society: An 18th Century Revival’ is a contemporary interpretation of a historic satirical exhibition, writes curator and sign painter Meredith Kasabian
 
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