Eye, Issue 068, Summer 2008

Eye, Issue 068, Summer 2008

Content includes:
Features:
Beyond the canon by John L. Walters
Introduction to special issue by editor John L. Walters
Googling the design canon by Martha Scotford
In the late 1980s, US designer and historian Martha Scotford set out on a mission to discover what might constitute a canon of graphic design …
Design’s wayward cousins by Steve Rigley
Humble and often vulgar, chapbooks offer an illuminating window into the medieval world.
Modernism and monograms by Paul Barnes
Both artisan and art director, Hermann Eidenbenz was a subtle master of Swiss design.
Prototype propagandist by Jan Middendorp
Rivadulla’s revolutionary poster art avoids socialist cliché.
Iguana stew by Nick Bell
Ko Sliggers conveyed a complex, subtle message with a seemingly effortless collage.
Talking pictures (Isotype) by Christopher Burke
By representing data in simple graphic form, Isotype anticipated modern information design.
Woman at the edge of technology by Elizabeth Resnick
Jacqueline Casey’s posters used wit, invention and the grid to reach the essence of each subject.
The digital essence by Mario Feliciano
Lexicon, by Bram de Does, is a type designer’s type design, par excellence.
Typographic tango by Krzysztof Fijalkowski
The journal Néon was a unique graphic expression of Surrealism
The new, weird America by Eric Heiman
Michael Stipe’s early R.E.M. sleeves were a strange fusion of the DIY spirit of punk and the mystery of America’s Deep South.
Going the distance by Matt Soar
Roundel’s identity for Railfreight in the late 1980s unified a multi-faceted business with a strong identity that boosted morale.
Gender rendition by Stuart McKee
Todd Trexler’s Das Black Moonlight poster marked drag’s movement into the public consciousness.
The right stuff by Jonathan Baldwin
Though touted as the ‘university of the air’, it was the OU’s graphic design that made it a revolutionary success.
Voice control by Michael Worthington
The title sequence for this Truffaut movie heralds brilliantly a world where the written word is forbidden.
Beneath the radar by Teal Triggs
Katy Keene made comic history by being the first magazine to be designed in part by its readers.
Terms of reference by Catherine Dixon
A modest dictionary of print terms has been a source of inspiration for 60 years.
On the nose by Roger Sabin
Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday was a wonder of populist design.
The test of time by Eric Kindel
After 90 years, Ishihara’s colour deficiency plates have proved their effectiveness as a diagnostic tool – and they are still beautiful.
New frontier by Steven Heller
When art director Art Paul made the journey from Bauhaus to Hefner’s Playboy mansion, men’s mags became truly ‘Modern’.
Home Counties surrealism by John Beck, Matthew Cornford
Keef’s album covers are visual essays of their time, full of bleakness and possibility.
Polyphonic playground by John L. Walters
The world’s first museum of its kind, plus the ‘European Championship of Graphic Design’
Reviews:
Jan van Toorn: Critical Practice
100 Days of Monsters
Paul Rand: Conversations with Students
The Art of Ill Will: The Story of American Political Cartoons
Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels
The Learners: A Novel
Design and the Elastic Mind
Verbalising the Visual: Translating Art and Design into Words
The Somnambulists: Photographic Portraits From Before Photography
Photo Art: The New World of Photography
Mute Magazine Graphic Design
Uncredited: Graphic Design and Opening Titles in Movies
A Century of Olympic Posters
Design and Science:The Life and Work of Will Burtin
The Americans

Eye, Issue 068, Summer 2008
Eye, Issue 068, Summer 2008

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