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Eye newsletter, 11 December 2020

Dear friends

At the Type Tuesday event on 1 December last week we promised there would be a very special offer, and here it is – the Eye ‘Lockdown Bundle’ of four copies of Eye (nos. 95, 96, 97 & 98) at an unrepeatable price. This is only available in the UK (£40) and Europe (£50) because of posting restrictions. Nos. 96 and 97 are the celebrated editorial design specials and 95 is a miscellany featuring R. O. Blechman, Atlas, political posters by David King and much more.

The Eye Lockdown Bundle, nos. 95-98.


Eye 98 is our most recent type special, with articles about the late Bram de Does and Hansje van Halem, who was one of the guests at our last event. There is also an extensive article about Commercial Classics (based on type in the St Bride archive), ‘New bottle old wine’. The bargain bundle makes a great gift for students and colleagues … … or you could use it to top up your own Eye collection.

Back issues are usually £20 or more – the EyeLockdown Bundle’, at £40 (UK) / £50 (Europe) is ridiculously good value and it won’t be on offer for very long.


Bush Hollyhead’s Art-and-Crafts lettering, designed to partially conceal Hipgnosis’s cover for Houses of the Holy (Atlantic, 1973). Led Zeppelin still uses Hollyhead’s wordmark on its website and merchandise.


The latest blog post is Walker Mimms’s ‘In memoriam Bush Hollyhead’ about the great British illustrator. Mimms writes: ‘Hollyhead helped forge an influential paranoid style, at once anarchic and formally suave, that gave voice to the fraught interregnum between hippie optimism and punk rage.’ There’s also ‘Sea, sky, paint and pattern’ about seaside graphic design – look out for Justin Burns’s concluding post on the subject in the coming week.PublishedinFull

You can now read Derek Yates’s Eye 100 article ‘Remixing the here and now’ (about Dines and Studio Blup) in full on the Eye site. There are very few copies of Eye 100 left, but you can still get one with a subscription that starts with this ‘Talking about graphic design’ special issue.

Frame from eight-second loop for women’s running trainer Adidas Ultraboost, spring 2017. Design by Studio Blup, see Eye 100.

Frame from eight-second loop for women’s running trainer Adidas Ultraboost, spring 2017.


There are still plenty of events and exhibitions – both real and virtual – listed on our Eye Events page. There are several opening after the current UK lockdown, such as ‘Margaret Calvert: Woman at Work’ (below) at London’s Design Museum, and Hey Studios in Barcelona.

Woman at Work by Margaret Calvert and Jealous Gallery & Print Studios


A big thank you to everyone who took part in our ‘Happy Birthday St Bride’ Type Tuesday last week. Together, we raised more than £400 for the St Bride crowdfunder, which currently stands at more than 90 per cent of its £50,000 goal. There’s still time to contribute.*

Have a happy, safe Christmas

John L. Walters, editor

PS If you don’t already subscribe to Eye magazine, you can do so here, starting with Eye 100 or the forthcoming Eye 101, but please note that copies of Eye 100 are nearly sold out.

* STOP PRESS The St Bride Crowdfunder has exceeded its £50,000 target and now stands at more than £60k.

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