Posts Tagged ‘Eye Magazine’

The Eye magazine archive 2

March 4, 2015

The website for Eye magazine is well catalogued, listing most issues and critiques going back to 1999. Anne Odling-Smee’s interview with Ken Garland for Eye 66 draws attention to his first written piece, for the Penrose Annual, in which he argues that British graphic design blended Swiss discipline (Karl Gerstner) with American freedom (Saul Bass). See also Eye 85’s review by Jim Northover of Ken Garland: Structure and Substance, Adrian Shaughnessy’s biographical essay.

In Eye 72, John L Walters talks to Marian Bantjes. Her dazzling book, I Wonder, presents a collection of inimitable observations on visual culture and design. Her obsessively playful, highly-crafted word-pictures have made her name and achieved a late but loyal following around the world.

Finally, Germano Facetti Eye 29, 1998 by Richard Hollis. Facetti commissioned Romek Marber to design a new cover design for the Penguin Crime series. Its success persuaded Facetti to apply the design to the blue Pelicans and the orange covers of Penguin fiction. Producing up to 70 covers per month, Facetti brought in leading designers who worked to his brief, achieving a rare consistency of style. See also Rick Poynor’s obituary of Facetti from 2006 and browse the gallery of book covers.



May 11, 2011

Typetoken is a new online magazine that discusses and reviews the world of typography, icons and visual language.

A collaboration between graphic designers Mike Sullivan of Mister and Mark Millic of Modularlab, and web developer David Cole of Mayfield Digital, typetoken features contributions from designers around the globe and aims to be a source of inspiration for those drawn to what’s new in mainstream and experimental typography and iconography.

The first post contains a video interview between dezeen magazine and Wim Crouwel for his UK retrospective exhibition at the Design Museum in London. Another post, Spacing system by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert shows typesetting guides for the typeface, Transport, used in 1958 for UK road signage. It also has a video interview with Margaret Calvert. See Eye 78, where the late Paul Stiff explores why Kinneir and Calvert’s road signage has stood the test of time.

Design education — think again

March 16, 2011

Q: What is the most treasured and well-used piece of equipment in your studio?

A: My head.

Alan Fletcher’s reply to a question from design students is the starting point for three blogs on a need to re-think design education.

Don Norman writes in Core 77 on the broader understanding that designers must acquire:

We must not lose the wonderful, delightful components of design. The artistic side of design is critical: to provide objects, interactions and services that delight as well as inform, that are joyful. Designers do need to know more about science and engineering, but without becoming scientists or engineers. We must not lose the special talents of designers to make our lives more pleasurable.

There’s a substantial bank of commentary following the article, worth reading for its own insights into the subject, on both sides of the argument.

In Eye 78, Max Gadney highlights the importance of information design in the world and the lack of preparation for this in graphic design schools:

Confidence with the content leads to better relationships with the clients and better solutions. I am staggered at how many designers do not understand the businesses whose work they represent. They then wonder why the clients treat them as ‘Mac men’.

Finally, Steve Heller’s interview with Milton Glaser for Eye 25, on adapting to change over 40 years, including a re-appraisal of design skills:

Drawing skills are not about becoming an illustrator. The most fundamental way of understanding the visual world is through the act of drawing. When you are about to draw something you become attentive to its appearance (and sometimes humble before it) for the first time. I know of no better way of preparing yourself for a career in the visual arts.

Attentive to appearance, and sometimes humble: Glaser, a lifelong learner, describes the moment when he knew he was  “no longer hot”!

The Eye magazine archive

January 21, 2011

The archive contains a prescient account of a book publisher re-thinking book conventions in an age of new media (1994, when the Internet had limited access), namely TV, video, computer games and CD-ROM. This report is revisited in an Eye article from 2008, showing the publisher still thriving, though not as emboldened as it could have been.

The website for Eye magazine is well catalogued, listing most issues and critiques going back to 1999. Rick Poynor interviews Alan Fletcher, who was about to publish a labour of love:

RP: You’ve been working on a book about design for seven years. When will you publish it?

AF: It’s really a scrapbook. I wrote down some thoughts on a whole series of things like “taste”, “perception”, “imagination”, “visualisation” – pigeon-holes. I took all the quotes, clippings, observations and images I’d collected, including my notes, and put them in the pigeon-holes. There are lots of things written about the visual business that are not explained very clearly. I’m using words like pictures.

This ‘scrapbook’ was eventually published as The Art of Looking Sideways in 2001.

Finally, a recent article, Survivor, on Romek Marber, responsible for the Marber Grid used on the Penguin covers of the early 1960s, and author of a memoir, No Return: Journeys through the Holocaust. Published in 2010, the first title under the Richard Hollis imprint. A quietly devastating account by a man for whom design has been an affirmation of life.