9 February 2018

Photographs as catalysts

Photographs as catalysts

Colin Davies

Teju Cole’s photobook Blind Spot deals with the loss and recovery of sight … in pictures and words. Review by Colin Davies
Teju Cole is a photographer, art historian and writer who contributes a regular column to the The New York Times, writes Colin Davies.

5 February 2018

The inescapable weirdness of the West

The inescapable weirdness of the West

Hannah Ellis

It is not until the very end of Calls Will Be Recorded For Training And Monitoring Purposes (Optimologyº, £19.95) that any explanation of the 172-page, small-format book is given, writes Hannah Ellis.

24 January 2018

The visual language of Pooh

The visual language of Pooh

Clare Walters

One of most charming and clever aspects of the Christopher Robin books (by A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard) is that they can be read on a number of levels, making them equally enjoyable for both children and adults, writes Clare Walters.

15 January 2018

Books received #31

Books received #31

Lindsay Hargrave

Fili in Barcelona, the colours of Pawson, Bierut’s essays, dissent and the Resistance, and Alice Hawkins’ highly personal adventures
Here is yet another selection of books that caught our attention in recent weeks and months, reviewed by Lindsay Hargrave.

9 January 2018

In-house hero

In-house hero

The second act of all-American graphic Renaissance man Chip Kidd
Chip Kidd Book Two. Work: 2007-2017 (Rizzoli $60, £45, designed by Mark Melnick) is a big fat book introduced by glittering endorsements from his fabulous clients (Haruki Murakami, Neil Gaiman, Orhan Pamuk), writes John L. Walters.

3 January 2018

The accidental student

The accidental student

John Ridpath

What happens when you have just minutes to come up with a design? John Ridpath writes about the problem-solving benefits of ‘creative accidents’
‘Look at the photocopied type specimens on the table. Pick a letter “A” that you like. Draw a copy of it anywhere on your sheet of paper, using charcoal. It can be big or small, you can rotate it, you can draw it partially off the page. You have five minutes.’ Rod Judkins has just issued the first brief of ‘100 Design Projects’, a five-day course at Central Saint Martins, writes John Ridpath.

29 December 2017

Noted #85

Noted #85

Archimedes wood type, Lubalin’s root beer label, Play! diary, Fedrigoni 365, L’Obs does Camus, Riposte #9 … and eels
  Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

20 December 2017

Lincoln in the limelight

Lincoln in the limelight

Robert Hanks

Robert Hanks takes a final look at the cover designs for The Man Booker 2017 shortlist and the winner – George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo
Book design can be an unlovely process – a set of negotiations to find something that satisfies the requirements of design, editorial and sales, with the last inevitably taking precedence. Along the way, art can get sidelined and the results can be garish or banal, writes Robert Hanks.

13 December 2017

Alone in the dark

Alone in the dark

Lindsay Hargrave

Typographic artist Sam Winston explores the visual inspiration that comes from total darkness
Sam Winston’s new exhibition ‘Darkness Visible’ at London’s Southbank Centre brings the viewer into his mind through fields of text. Completed during seven days of total darkness, the dedicated corner of the National Poetry Library exposes the thoughts and experiences of someone searching for visual inspiration without any vision at all, writes Lindsay Hargrave.

6 December 2017

Vertical hold

Vertical hold

Giulia Tugnoli

The redesign of Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica is a bold statement in a time of change. By Giulia Tugnoli
How can printed newspapers compete or coexist with the abundance of free information in the digital realm? Italian newspaper La Repubblica has some answers, writes Giulia Tugnoli
 
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