Reviews

6 November 2017

Books received #30

Books received #30

This I 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.

27 February 2017

Games people play

Games people play

From Senet to Pandemic, the Museum of Childhood’s exhibition ‘Game Plan’ covers five thousand years of fun with board games
If there’s one thing to take away from the ‘Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered’ exhibition is that playing board games is a serious business, writes Clare Walters.

3 February 2017

Out of this world

Out of this world

Epilogue Press’s Flatland re-interprets the 1884 classic for the age of popular science. Review by Kevin J. Hunt
Flatland is a cult novella by Edwin A. Abbott, first published in 1884, a classic situated somewhere between fringe populism and elite literature.  It playfully (and earnestly) combines mathematics and morality in an inspired piece of conceptual storytelling, writes Kevin J. Hunt

6 January 2017

Noted #79

Noted #79

Graffiti removal, Circular #19, The Phonografik Collectivo, Optimology° and Fermata
Here are a few things – graffiti removal, a Phoenician alphabet project, a media wall installation, Optimology° and a typography magazine – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

1 January 2017

Faithful dress

Faithful dress

The latest publication from GraphicDesign& is an illustrated spotters’ guide to nuns’ habits. Review by Sarah Snaith
Looking Good: A visual guide to a nun’s habit is full of interesting facts for a curious mind, writes Sarah Snaith.

29 December 2016

Moments captured

Moments captured

Edward Ardizzone’s humanity comes to the fore in a new monograph, and a retrospective at London’s House of Illustration. Review by Clare Walters
Edward Ardizzone (1900-79) was one of the foremost and most prolific artists of mid-twentieth century Britain, writes Clare Walters. His contemporaries included Edward Bawden, Pearl Binder, Eric Ravilious and John Piper – the latter two of whom were, like Ardizzone, official war artists during the Second World War.

16 December 2016

Eye of Bamako

Eye of Bamako

Malick Sidibé’s photography captured the energy, joy and hope of post-colonial Mali. Review by Mariam Dembele
Malian photographer Malick Sidibé was known as the ‘Eye of Bamako’, writes Mariam Dembele.

13 December 2016

String theory

String theory

Experience is both a book about design and a design experience – with bits of string and a heat-sensitive cover. Review by John O’Reilly
The word ‘Experience’ runs diagonally across a heat sensitive cover, writes John O’Reilly.

17 November 2016

Survival guide

Survival guide

At Firstsite in Essex, Gee Vaucher’s ‘Introspective’ covers a long career spent tackling political and social issues that are more urgent than ever.By Nigel Ball
When I was a teenage punk in the early 1980s it would have seemed inconceivable that Gee Vaucher’s artwork might ever grace the walls of a gallery, let alone the front page of a daily newspaper, writes Nigel Ball.
 
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