Reviews

16 December 2018

Hold your breath …

Hold your breath …

An exhibition at London’s Japan House explores the materiality of paper
‘Takeo Paper Show: Subtle’ is a touring exhibition curated by graphic designer Kenya Hara, writes Janet South.

11 December 2018

To infinity and beyond

To infinity and beyond

Kevin J. Hunt reviews Paul Jackson’s accessible new book about pattern-making
Paul Jackson, an origami artist and design teacher, has created a highly accessible guide to making repeat patterns that encourages playfulness, adaptation, experimentation and vital rule-breaking, writes Kevin J. Hunt.

23 November 2018

Books received #34

Books received #34

Thinking in Pictures, Typewriters, Pittori Di Cinema, The Golden Thread Project UK-USA and AGI Members 2007-2017
Here is a selection of books that caught our attention in recent months.

9 November 2018

If you know where to look …

If you know where to look …

Graphic design academics assemble in Sheffield to prepare for the next REF, the Research Excellence Framework. Report by Steve Rigley
The Research Excellence Framework (REF), which takes place every seven years, is the means by which UK funding councils assess the quality and impact of academic research in higher education, writes Steve Rigley.

17 August 2018

Bridges and verses

Bridges and verses

The House of Illustration’s John Vernon Lord exhibition shows Lord’s extraordinary talent for magical narrative
You may be aware of John Vernon Lord’s work as a result of his long career as a freelance illustrator (which began in 1961) or through his lectures at Brighton College of Art, where he has taught illustration for nearly half a century, writes Clare Walters.

13 August 2018

Soft sell machines

Soft sell machines

A rare insight into the ‘quietly hilarious’ advertising artwork of William Heath Robinson.
William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was a prolific artist and illustrator whose name has entered the dictionary as a way of describing excessively convoluted processes using people and machines, writes Andrew Robertson. 

6 August 2018

Fine art in hard and soft covers

Fine art in hard and soft covers

artists' books, book design, reviews

A new survey examines the shifting role of the printed book in fine art practice.  Review by Jacob Charles Wilson
  An ‘artist’s book’ might appear to be a simple object, writes Jacob Charles Wilson. But why and how should it be differentiated from any other?

15 May 2018

Outlook variable

Outlook variable

TYPO Labs unveiled cool tools for both tyros and trailblazers. In the run-up to TYPO Berlin, Jan Middendorp delivers a considered report
As the Berlin mothership – TYPO Berlin 2018 – approaches, it seems like a good moment to look back at April’s TYPO Labs conference, the past, present and future lure of type tech meetings versus typography-and-design conferences, and the type world at large, writes Jan Middendorp.

6 April 2018

Follow the glitch

Follow the glitch

Vendela Grundell’s book Flow and Friction shows how glitch art, shaky and unstable, can recalibrate our ways of seeing. Review by Kevin J. Hunt
In her book Flow and Friction, art historian and photographer Vendela Grundell explores the way glitches reveal systems and the role of the interface in a postdigital age, writes Kevin J. Hunt.

9 February 2018

Photographs as catalysts

Photographs as catalysts

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.
 
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