The 100th issue of this important graphic design magazine is a special edition, titled 'Talking About Graphic Design', with interviews from leading creatives such as Malika Favre, Kate Moross, Bobby C. Martin Jr, Michael Bierut, Jessica Walsh and many more. It also features an article from Rick Poynor on Eye’s early years, recalling the aims and ideas behind the launch of this indie design…
A real collector's piece and a snapshot of design today!
From the issue itself:
For this issue, eleven prominent designers have generously given up time to talk about graphic design – discussing work processes, clients and their opinions in general. These illustrated conversations are interleaved with thirteen snapshots of projects that range from books to digital processing, from calligraffiti to Hangul type design. Taken together, the contents were originally intended to sketch out an array of graphic design and visual culture at the moment this magazine reaches a milestone: 100 issues in almost three decades of continuous publication since its launch.
History, however, had a surprise in store. Though the images and artefacts that fill this edition are contemporary, they represent a freeze-framed ‘now’ that has taken on new significance. From our socially distanced present, design events such as the digital DEMO festival, held in a busy metropolitan railway station, feel like transmissions from a parallel universe. Many such glimpses of pre-Covid-19 life can seem similarly unreal, while the post-Covid world is necessarily undefined. Yet we know that as every aspect of society and business changes to absorb the lessons of this pandemic, design will also have to evolve. Whatever happens, a return to ‘business as usual’ is unlikely (as environmentalists have argued for some time).
Here in the pages of Eye 100 we present a panorama of current, time-stamped graphic design practice as we wait expectantly – screenbound – on the cusp of a new reality that may take years to grasp. Whatever happens within the future world of visual culture, we are certain to keep talking about graphic design.
Bobby C. Martin Jr: Design Champion
‘We’ve come so far we’re not stopping now. Design has infused every part of our lives because of designers pushing to have a seat at the table.’
Founding editor Rick Poynor recalls the aims and ideas behind the launch of an independent design…