Late September newsletter

Greeting from the Eye studio, where we’re busy with the next issue, and sorting out several loose ends to do with crucial matters of sales and distribution. As I mentioned in a newsletter last month, we are again able to take orders from the EU – just select ‘Europe’ from the drop-down menu. (Please note that the correct VAT amount will not be applied until you have entered your address for delivery.) 

‘Eye on Type’, the Type Tuesday on 14 September (below), seems to have been a great success. Our thanks go to November (Juhi Vishnani and Shiva Nallaperumal), Laura Meseguer and Thomas Huot-Marchand for their great presentations. We intend to make the video recording available soon, followed by some earlier Type Tuesday recordings. 

Screenshot from ‘Eye on Type’, with Laura Meseguer talking about Qandus.

Helmut Salden: 1:1 Uncovered

Recent blog posts include ‘Always drawn, never written’, Jan Middendorp’s review of Helmut Salden 1:1 Uncovered, an unusual book (see above) about Salden (1910-96) that shows the processes behind the designer’s lettering for dust jackets. ‘Books received #47’ (below) is a selection of titles that caught our attention in recent weeks: The IBM Poster Program; This is What Democracy Looked Like; and Flag Waves.


The IBM Poster Program; This is What Democracy Looked Like; Flag Waves

Above. Spread from About Town, November 1961. Photograph: Gene Laurents. 

You can now read ‘Town shaped the Sixties’ (above) Anne Braybon’s extensively researched article about Tom Wolsey and Town magazine, first published in Eye 96, the first of two editorial design special issues. There are still a few copies of these issues available via the Eye shop. Peter Bil’ak’s ‘Originality and inspiration’ in Eye 98 is well worth re-reading, too. 

Events and shows listed on our Eye Events page include ‘Resorting to Type’ in Margate, a show curated by our friend Justin BurnsDaido Moriyama in Paris; Dutch Design Week in mid-October; and magCulture Live , which will be at London’s Conway Hall on Thursday 4 November.

Daido Moriyama: Speakeasy.

We’re now at layout stage for the forthcoming type special issue (Eye 102), packed with type design, typography and lettering from around the world, plus lots of reviews. Maria Spann has taken portraits, and many distinguished writers from around the world, including Jan Middendorp, Véronique Marrier, Alessandro Colizzi, Elizabeth Resnick, Thilo von Debschitz, Indra Kupferschmidt, Anoushka Khandwala and Rick Poynor, are about to write their captions.

Thank you, and keep reading
John L. Walters, editor

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