Reviews

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.

24 January 2018

The visual language of Pooh

The visual language of Pooh

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

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.

6 November 2017

Books received #30

Books received #30

This Is Me, Full Stop., Jonny Hannah, Hi-Fi Living, Sardon’s Stampography and drawings of UFOs
Here is yet another selection of books that caught our attention in recent weeks and months, reviewed by Lindsay Hargrave.

25 July 2017

Felt-tip fundamentals

Felt-tip fundamentals

Ink soaks into paper as Daniel Eatock’s mark-making processes result in a riot of colour
Designer and artist Daniel Eatock has a good-natured but unswerving way of reducing things to their essence, writes John L. Walters.
 
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