Posts Tagged ‘Richard Hollis’

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.


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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.