John L. Walters

UK, guest of 5th BSVC & IDE (2011) British-born, London-based writer John L. Walters is the editor and co-owner of Eye, the international review of graphic design.

Walters has a degree in Maths with Physics from King’s London, but began his career as a jazz composer, pop musician and record producer before moving into journalism, launching the award-winning audio journal Unknown Public with Laurence Aston in the 1990s. He also writes about jazz and world music for The Guardian.

Over the past decade, Walters has given guest lectures at colleges and conferences worldwide, and he was an external examiner at Central Saint Martins from 2003-06. As Eye editor, Walters has programmed three Eye Forums; also two one-day symposiums in collaboration with UAL Camberwell College of Arts. He was the co-curator of a conference about design and music at St Bride Library in 2010. Walters has chaired several international juries, including that for the inaugural European Design Awards and the 24th International Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno. He has been nominated six times for the UK’s BSME (British Society of Magazine Editors) Awards, winning in 2002.

In October Walters will participate in the jury for the Fifth Biennial of Slovene Visual Communications  in Ljubljana. He is one of the curators for the next St Bride annual conference: ‘Critical Tensions’, 10-11 November 2011, and he will speak at the ‘Design of Understanding’ conference next January.

Eye will launch a redesigned website towards the end of this year. Walters has been a cautious proponent of social media, especially the microblogging site Twitter, to promote Eye’s subject matter – graphic design and visual culture – to a wider international audience, and to bring new readers to the printed quarterly.

Video lecture: If the Country is Digital, can content be King?