Women in red

OBEY – Rough Trade have been storming this whole publishing lark of late. Craig Oldham’s new celebration of John Carpernter’s They Live is particularly stunning introduction to their new Epiphany Editions series, featuring fictional books from films made for real. 

The era of statement wallpaper and fatty text – an interesting (and rather contentious) look at how book design has acclimatised to the physical/digital realm of social media, with covers serving multiple purposes at wildly different scales. Just how much influence do the influencers have?

Hold the front page – endpaper enthusiasts are falling in love behind the covers. Which sounds more sordid than it is. Expect much marbling. 

Train as an architect, work as a book designer – Elaine Ramos discovered that sometimes studying the wrong subject in school can lead to the right career. Can totally relate to this. (By the way, as with all Eye on Design posts, leave the tab open for a few days for added freakiness.)

280 degrees of design – I tweeted a request for design graduates to summarise in 280 characters or fewer what they had learnt from their degree … and was rather taken aback by the volume of responses.

The secret ska history of that weird levitating businessman emoji – nobody knows what it’s for, but at least we now know it’s to do with The Specials (who have a new album out today, something well worth levitating over).

Women in red – rather shockingly, only 17.6% of the biographical articles on Wikipedia are about women. This project aims to turn those red links blue. I’ve never edited anything on there before, but this looks like a great excuse to change that.

To all the introductions I’ve loved before – Michael Chabon on the front matter, back matter, intros, outs, forewords, afterwords and prefaces that he treasures most. 

About about – agonising over writing about yourself in the first … third … no, first person.

The Putter – lovely short film about the craft of making scissors. In a round about kind of way, makes me want to listen to Echo and the Bunnymen. 

The layers of motherhood – Annie Wang has been taking a periodic photo of herself and her son over the past eighteen years, each time with the previous photo in the background. The time tunnel effect is rather wonderful and now I wish I’d read about this six years ago.

Contact – thanks to a chance tumble down a photographic rabbit hole on Pinterest, I’ve become a tad obsessed with contact sheets. A great example of artists showing the work being the work. The Tina Turner one in particular would make a wonderful poster. 

That is all.