by Tibor Kalman
About the book: "Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist is the definitive and exuberant document of the late Tibor Kalman's work and ideas. This full-color, oversize title reveals Kalman's thoughts on magazines, advertising, sex, bookstores, food, and the design profession. Product designs, stills and storyboards from his film and video projects, and spreads from his book and magazine work are included. The impressive list of contributors includes Kurt Andersen, Paola Antonelli, David Byrne, Jay Chiat, Steven Heller, Isaac Mizrahi, Chee Pearlman, Rick Poynor, and Ingrid Sischy.
by Massimo Vignelli
About the book: An elegant look at the work of Massimo and Lella Vignelli, two internationally acclaimed names who have become synonymous with modern design. Encompassing some of the most iconic images of the 20th century, from New York's famous Subway signs to the bold bags of Bloomingdale's department stores, Vignelli designs have become part of contemporary culture, and this inspirational book takes readers on an aesthetic, alphabetical journey from Helvetica to Style, Typography and of course the Vignellis themselves: the names behind the names. There are also insights into the inspiration behind interiors, dinnerware, furniture, fashion, newspapers, magazines and architecture, all captured with typical Vignelli typographical flair. "An architect should be able to design everything from the spoon to the city," repeats Massimo Vignelli, and this talented duo have certainly done that.--From publisher description.
by Louise Fili
About the book: Louise Fili has been an inspiration for designers around the world since the 1980s, when she raised the bar on book cover design, creating close to two thousand jackets as art director for Pantheon Books. In 1989 Fili founded her own graphic design studio, Louise Fili Ltd, and branched out into the fields of restaurant and food packaging design. Her lavish and elegant typography, often hand drawn, helps advertise and market such well-known brands as Sarabeth's, Bella Cucina, Jean-Georges, and Good Housekeeping, among many others. Known for her intense attention to detail, her fresh reinterpretation of vintage sources, and her passion for all things Italian, Fili has won numerous awards. Elegantissima, the first monograph on her work, covers the breadth of her nearly forty-year design career and is a must-have for graphic design students and professionals, as well as anyone interested in advertising, food, restaurants, Italy, and books.
by Paula Scher
About the book: The book examines the graphic design profession primarily through the lens of the business community it serves. The author draws from over three decades of design experience to provide readers with a firsthand account of the creative process, that is, advancing good ideas and personal vision within the corporate cultures and organizational dynamics that are predisposed to resist them. A focus on the collaboration necessary to bring design ideas to life sets this book apart from others in the genre.
by Jennifer Bass,Pat Kirkham
About the book: This is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published before and written by the leading design historian Pat Kirkham, this is the definitive study that design and film enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating. Saul Bass (1920-1996) created some of the most compelling images of American post-war visual culture. Having extended the remit of graphic design to include film titles, he went on to transform the genre. His best known works include a series of unforgettable posters and title sequences for films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Otto Preminger's The Man With The Golden Arm and Anatomy of a Murder. He also created some of the most famous logos and corporate identity campaigns of the century, including those for major companies such as AT&T, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and Minolta. His wife and collaborator, Elaine, joined the Bass office in the late 1950s. Together they created an impressive series of award-winning short films, including the Oscar-winning Why Man Creates, as well as an equally impressive series of film titles, ranging from Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus in the early 1960s to Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear and Casino in the 1990s. Designed by Jennifer Bass, Saul Bass's daughter and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham who knew Saul Bass personally, this book is full of images from the Bass archive, providing an in depth account of one of the leading graphic artists of the 20th century.
by Stefan Sagmeister,Peter Hall
About the book: Stefan Sagmeister has been variously described as a genius, maniac, tactician, exhibitionist. This definitive volume of his work will allow readers to decide for themselves. With over 400 colour illustrations on easy to flip paper Sagmeister Made You Look features an array of the Austrian designer's work, including early theatre posters, grammy-nominated CD covers and the optical trickery and voodoo graphics that sent a low rumble through America's design profession.
by Jon Wozencroft
About the book: Neville Brody is perhaps the best known graphic designer of his generation. This book, originally published in 1988, is a bible in the world of graphic design: the seminal expression of his early, ground-breaking typography. Brody first made his way into the public eye through his record cover designs and his involvement in the British independent music scene in the early 1980s. It was his work on magazines that firmly established his reputation as one of the world's leading graphic designers. In particular, his artistic contribution to The Face completely revolutionized the way in which designers and readers approached the medium. His unique designs soon became much-imitated models for magazines, advertising and consumer-oriented graphics. Brody also won much public acclaim through his highly innovative ideas on incorporating and combining typefaces into design and he later took this a step further and began designing his own typefaces, thus opening the way for the advent of digital type design. His contributions to the world of graphic design and digital typography are invaluable. Often referred to as a "star typographer," Brody has designed a number of well-known typefaces. With over 450 illustrations, this book provides a wide-ranging introduction to a crucial period in graphic design. The original expression of one of the pioneers for the digital age, The Graphic Language of Neville Brody is at once a historical document, a classic of graphic design, and a relevant tool for designers working today.
by Seymour Chwast,Martin Venezky (introduction)
About the book: Part design studio and part pop culture think-tank, Push Pin Studios held sway over visual graphics from the 1950s through the 1980s. Its signature periodical, the Push Pin Graphic, earned a place in design history with its brash, stylish and free-form content. This visually arresting commemorative book, with a full edition of Graphic and a gatefold, is the first detailed look into a design legend and its best illustrations.
by Seymour Chwast
About the book: A revolutionary of visual culture, Seymour Chwast is one of the most influential illustrators of the last half century. Filled with hundreds of his distinctive illustrations, Seymour is a career-spanning volume, sure to be an indispensable addition to the libraries of illustration buffs, pop-culture aficionados, and Chwast's die-hard fans. As co-founder of Push Pin Studios, Chwast has produced a body of illustrationshumorous, ironic, political, and utterly uniquethat are as inspirational to designers and illustrators today as they were when they first came on the scene over sixty years ago. Seymour is a spectacular and extensive tribute to a monumental figure in American illustration.
by Jan Conradi
About the book: Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision is a portrait of two important twentieth-century designers whose careers have intertwined since the 1950s. The Vignellis promote a modernist philosophy of designing for a better society: resourceful use of space and materials, clear communication, lasting quality, and logical functionality. Through a mix of archival research and personal interviews with Lella, Massimo, and their many colleagues and clients, Jan Conradi documents the Vignellis' nuanced approach to "cleaning up" an often chaotic and messy society by adhering to a minimalist and structured design method. The Vignellis' lifetime commitment to a world of design is marked by vibrant client relationships and unwavering attention to detail. With wit, grace, focus, and finesse, the Vignellis' sustained pattern of working and living has influenced, and continues to inspire, generations of designers worldwide. JAN CONRADI is a Professor of Graphic Design at Rowan University in New Jersey, where she teaches typography and design history.
by Irma Boom,Mathieu Lommen
About the book: Irma Boom has become one of the most widely renowned and laureated book designers in the world today. Her often ingenious solutions to individual book productions have gained her international fame and her work is now collected by many leading museums suc