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Eye newsletter
2 October 2019

Dear friends

Eye 99 has gone out to subscribers and will arrive on the shelves of good design bookshops and indie mag stores worldwide over the next week or so. The new issue is gloriously ‘unthemed’. After several acclaimed special issues – two on editorial design followed by a type special – we have turned our attention to myriad examples of design for business and culture.Newsletter-Eye99

Opening spreads from Eye 99.

The cover feature is about Gottschalk+Ash, a Swiss studio with its roots in 1960s Canada. There is also an extensive article about Apfel (A Practice For Everyday Life), the London studio founded by Kirsty Carter and Emma Thomas.

In ‘Normcore inferno’, Elizabeth Glickfeld investigates what she terms the strange ‘double speak’ of logo design for fashion and luxury brands, while John Ridpath’s article ‘Ethics in the age of data capitalism’ asks whether we need a ‘First Things First’ for the digital world.

Other subjects include Italian editorial designer Francesco Franchi; Melanie Mues’s identity for the Venice Biennale Arte 2019; Dutch studio Thonik; and a project about national identity that Australian studio Inkahoots staged in Berlin. Rick Poynor’s regular Photo Critique looks at the work of Belgian collagist Katrien De Blauwer.

Eye 99 also features our biggest-ever Uncoated section, including reviews by Sarah Snaith, Adrian Shaughnessy, Aileen Kwun, Steven Heller and John-Patrick Hartnett.

If you haven’t done so already, you can subscribe to Eye magazine online, or by calling the Eye shop +44 1371 851885.Ontheblog

RPP_2_JV Julia Vance, Let Me In, on display at ‘Rock Paper Pixel’ at the Lettering Arts Centre in Snape.

Recent posts on the Eye blog include: Jez Owens’ ‘Corporate folk art’ about BMW Art Cars, for which famous artists try their hands at graphic design; Alliance Graphique Internationale’s international president Dean Poole’s ‘Work in progress in Rotterdam’ about last week’s AGI Open in Rotterdam; and curator Mark Noad’s ‘From stone to screen’ about the new exhibition ‘Rock Paper Pixel’, which opened a few days ago at the Lettering Arts Centre in Snape.Newsletter-GraphicDaysTorino


This weekend the Eye team will be heading to the northern Italian city of Turin in for Graphic Days Torino Vol. 4 – a four-day ‘visual design festival’ with an impressive programme of nearly 40 events. The theme of this year’s festival (3-6 October 2019) is ‘collaboration’.

Eye art director Simon Esterson and I will be giving a talk entitled ‘A-Z of Eye’, which explores the thinking, editing, designing and tea-drinking behind what we modestly call ‘the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal’.

Our presentation is part of Graphic Days Torino’s ‘Talk 05’, which runs from 11am–1pm on Sun 6 Oct and also includes talks by Spassky Fischer, Studio Thonik and DUDE. The Graphic Days festival also includes an exhibit about Eye 94, including 94 [8000 One-Offs] – Adrian Harrison’s award-winning short film about MuirMcNeil’s variable-data designs for the cover of that issue. You can see a preview clip here.

We hope you enjoy Eye 99!

Warmest regards from Europe

John Walters, editor

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