Posts tagged with ‘design’

Alexander McQueen at the V&A

I went to see the McQueen show at the V&A — ‘Savage Beauty’, the same one that was previously at the Met — and it was terrific: enormously varied and inventive, with loads of striking and interesting stuff to look at. Being a bit sleep-deprived after staying up late to watch the election results come in (and what a […]

A passing thought about the London 2012 logo

It could be worse. I give you… (drumroll please)… the logo for NBC’s official coverage in the States: Now that is an astonishingly ugly piece of design to come from a major media company.

Steve Jobs and William Morris

In my post about Steve Jobs I quoted William Morris’s famous dictum ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. I just wanted to say: yes, I am aware of the irony of quoting a socialist and anti-industrialist in praise of a great capitalist, a […]

Steve Jobs RIP

On the desk in front of me are a computer and an external hard drive for backup. The computer is a 24″ aluminium iMac from 2007, and the hard drive is a Western Digital My Book Pro from about the same time. The iMac is 4 years old, so the novelty value has long worn off, […]

‘The Cult of Beauty’ at the V&A

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900. I’m tempted to sum up the exhibition as ‘The Pre-Raphaelites and their furniture’, given my recent post about how much I dislike the Pre-Raphaelites. But actually the exhibition is rather broader than than that. The Pre-Raphs do feature heavily, but it’s also the Arts and Crafts movement, […]

‘Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes’ at the V&A

I went along to the Diaghilev exhibition at the V&A. He’s kind of an interesting figure to name an exhibition after, since he was an impresario, rather than an artist or designer, or even a composer or choreographer. But under his stewardship, the Ballets Russes really does seem to have been an extraordinary focal point […]

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Ron Arad at the Barbican

I went along yesterday to see the new commission by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot in the Curve gallery at the Barbican. You may have seen it on YouTube, where it has been a bit of a hit: The set-up in the video isn’t exactly the same as the one in the gallery, but it gives you the idea: […]


BBC Internet Blog: A new global visual language for the BBC’s digital services An interesting post about the BBC's project to redesign their website(s). ( tags: BBC design )


cloth tickets – a set on Flickr "These large gummed labels – known as cloth tickets, shippers tickets, or bolt tickets – were attached to bales of printed cotton cloth for export from Britain (read 'Manchester' in many cases). They were designed by British artists who depended on information from company agents in the various […]


50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice – 'The Elements of Style does not deserve the enormous esteem in which it is held by American college graduates. Its advice ranges from limp platitudes to inconsistent nonsense. Its enormous influence has not improved American students' grasp of English grammar; it has significantly degraded it.' ( tags: […]


English Things – a set on Flickr illustrations of British food brands, curiously fascinating even for me. 'if you're English these are things you might have grown up with & therefore you feel is insignificant. They are new and fascinating to me.' via Coudal ( tags: packaging design ) Swearing in the Guardian, 1998 – […]


Caustic Cover Critic: Zolarama Emile Zola gets the pulp treatment. ( tags: design books covers )

‘Rodchenko & Popova’ at Tate Modern

I went to ‘Rodchenko & Popova: Defining Constructivism’ at Tate Modern today. I’ve seen quite a few exhibitions in the past few years that feature Aleksandr Rodchenko*, so I wasn’t really sure how much I would get out of it, but in the event I enjoyed it. Firstly I didn’t know anything about Liubov Popova, and […]


Notgeld – Pre-Inflationary German Currency – a set on Flickr Extraordinary collection of interwar German currency. Via Metafilter. ( tags: money banknotes Germany design )


Finding Veronese « Dulwich OnView 'Xavier F. Salomon, Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, describes how he discovered a missing fragment of Veronese’s Petrobelli Altarpiece, thought lost.' ( tags: Veronese DulwichPictureGallery ) british wrestling posters – a set on Flickr British wrestling posters from c. 1960s – 1990s ( tags: posters wrestling design ) CERN Document […]


The Book Cover Archive It’s what it says it is. ( tags: books design covers )


Wine and Water ‘As I wait, a young gentleman receives his book from Special Collections. It comes in a little packet, and when he pulls it out, I can see that it is smaller than his thumbnail. The look on his face, somewhere between surprise and annoyance, is priceless. He tries, momentarily, to read it, […]


Flickr: wackystuff’s Photostream via Martin Klasch, a great selection of ephemera on Flickr. ( tags: ephemera design )

Links Study: The Strange World of Sports Studio Design 'The BBCs Euro 2008 studio is a glass box overlooking the rooftops of Vienna… But it's the table that's of primary interest. It displays the unusual usual tropes of that tiny genre of design: football tournament desk design.' ( tags: design football television )


Moving On Up! Via Pharyngula: Jack Chick explains evolution. Which is weirdly fascinating. ( tags: comics evolution propaganda religion ) Japanese Matches – Too Cute To Burn ‘It is hard to believe they are real matches and not little edible sugar-candies. Of course that isn’t likely as it wouldn’t go over well with parents, but, […]

‘Breaking the Rules’ at the British Library

I realised that Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900 – 1937 was about to close, so I popped in today for a quick gander. As ever at the BL, the range of material was impressive: they really do own a lot of stuff. Eliot, Bretton, Man Ray, Lorca, Mayakovsky, […]

New iTunes icon for Leopard: Aphex Twin

I made a super-large iTunes icon for Leopard’s coverflow mode, based on Aphex Twin’s album Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

Helvetica, the movie

I went to see Helvetica today. It is, as the name suggests, a documentary about the typeface, which is 50 years old this year. I enjoyed it. My usual feeling with factual-type documentaries like this (as opposed to narrative-type documentaries like, say, Spellbound) is that they are very slow; that given the same amount of […]