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Animated gif for Rock Werchter festival, designed by the late Belgian designer Tom Hautekiet.

On the Eye blog, read Jan Middendorp’s obituary for Belgian designer Tom Hautekiet (1970-2020), see above; Sarah Snaith’s ‘Ideas to the fore’ about a recent Spanish-language book that champions South American designers; and Justin Burns’ ‘Are we there yet?’, the second instalment of Eye’s online series about graphic design at the UK seaside; this latest episode looks at the history of the travel poster.

As reggae’s pre-eminent designer, Neville Garrick created LP covers for Exodus, Kaya, Babylon by Bus, Buffalo Soldier and Survival (above), among many others – see Eye 41.

Each day of the lockdown I’ve been posting an item from the Eye Archive on social media. These have included articles such as ‘Reputations: Neville Garrick’ (see above) from Eye 41, Catherine Dixon’s ‘Strategy is never enough’ (Eye 94) and Kerry William Purcell’s ‘Adventures in motion pictures. Frozen fire’ from Eye 77.

A1 poster by Morag Myerscough, litho printed on Fedrigoni Old Mill Premium White 190gsm for the 19vs19 project in support of nhscharitiestogether.

As the quarantine continues in varying degrees of strictness worldwide, online design initiatives still flourish. There are online tours such as ‘Innovative Forms – The Lettering of John Skelton’ at the Lettering Arts Centre in Snape. There’s the Museum of Design Atlanta’s courses, myriad design conversations (like the one I had with Jeremy Leslie of magCulture last week) and fundraising poster initiatives such as 19vs19 (see above), made by designers such as Morag Myerscough (above), Ale Paul and Alan Kitching. The Letterform Archive in San Francisco is promoting many online events, including a virtual tour tomorrow.

On Friday 29 May, 3-5pm BST, you can join ‘magCulture Live Online’, a virtual celebration of magazines in the tradition of previous conferences in London and New York. This event features Gail Bichler (see Reputations in Eye 96), Jaap Biemans, Martha Dillon and Max Siedentopf. 

See the Eye events page for more international online events to enjoy from the comfort and safety of your home. 

Thanks for reading, and warmest regards

John Walters, editor

PS Eye 100, our biggest issue ever, is going to be good.

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