Audio: magCulture Podcast episode 20

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After a few months on hold while the lockdown played out, the magCulture Podcast returns with a special focussing on Eye reaching its 100th issue.

The episode opens with an overview of recent magazines – including Barter Baby, Creative Review, Here and British Vogue – and general observations from Jeremy Leslie, before moving on to Eye.

Recorded during the special one-day Every Eye Ever event at the magCulture Shop, we eavesdrop on part of a conversation between co-owner/art director Simon Esterson and founding editor Rick Poynor (left and right above). Standing in front of the complete set of 100 issues displayed at the Shop, the two highlight some of the themes and common factors that make an Eye front cover, refering to work by previous art directors Stephen Coates and Nick Bell as well as Esterson.

Rick Poynor then joins Jeremy Leslie for a conversation about the 1990 origins of Eye and its application of a critical rather than reporting style of design writing. Poynor still writes for Eye, has just written a biography of David King (due September), and teaches at Reading University.

The back issue is US graphic design magazine Emigré, a unique project both about and of the late eighties/early nineties graphics scene, at the beginning of the Apple Macintosh and DTP revolution.

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Podcast edited by Ella Atcheson
Photographs by Arnhel de Serra

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