Graphic Design Books

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  1. Cut That Out - Contemporary Collage in Graphic Design

    Cut That Out: Contemporary Collage in Graphic Design

    Curated by Ryan Doyle and Mark Edwards, Cut That Out focuses on the compositions of 50 leading designers and studios from 15 different countries for whom collage has been the key to creating vibrant, effective work - among them Hort, Paul Sahre and atelier bingo. As well as the diverse, cutting-edge work featured throughout, each profile includes a Q&A with the artist that serves to both put the work in context and highlight the visual differences between each designer by exploring their varying methods and attitudes towards to Cut That Out is a rich seam of inspiration to be mimed by all students and graphic designers who wish to explore the creative possibilities of collage in their work.

  2. Sustainable Graphic Design - Principles and Practices

    Sustainable Graphic Design: Principles and Practices

    Sustainable Graphic Design outlines graphic design's relationship to production and consumption, demonstrating how designers can contribute solution-oriented responses to consumption, through tools and methodologies applicable to both education and practice. The book provides an overview of sustainable graphic design, based on global engagement with design's relationship to consumption, and features highly creative work inspired by complex issues and including studies of a variety of visual artifacts, the larger built environment and the very ordinary products of consumption.

  3. Herbert Leupin - Poster Collection 28

    Herbert Leupin: Poster Collection 28

    The "Poster Collection" series devotes its latest edition to the popular Swiss poster designer Herbert Leupin. Primarily conceiving posters for consumer goods, for many years Leupin created advertising for products as diverse as the soft drink Pepita, charcuterie from Grossmetzgerei Bell, and Roth-Händle cigarettes. He helped these and many other companies develop their own brand identity and a recognizable presence in public space. In doing so, he struck the right balance between old-school artist's posters and a methodology for a successful publicity strategy ― and thus bridged the increasingly wide divide between art, graphic design, and advertising.

  4. The Politics of Design - A (Not So) Global Manual for Visual Communication

    The Politics of Design: A (Not So) Global Manual for Visual Communication

    The Politics of Design shows the importance of visual literacy when communicating across borders and cultures. It explores the cultural meaning behind symbols, maps, photography, typography, and colors. It is a practical guide for design and communication professionals and students to create more effective and responsible visual communication.

  5. ECAL Graphic Design

    ECAL Graphic Design

    ECAL Graphic Design is a source book of graphic design by leading European art school, the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, headed by Alexis Georgacopoulos. ECAL has evolved from a regional school in Switzerland to an internationally renowned institution, garnering commissions from museums and companies like Nestlé, Swarovski and Coca-Cola. This volume highlights the wealth of typographic methods in fields such as poster design and publishing taught at ECAL, accessibly introduced by graphic designer and typographer François Rappo.

  6. Make It Happen - Materials and Techniques for Graphic Design

    Make It Happen: Materials and Techniques for Graphic Design

    Graphic designers today have access to an overwhelming amount of options in terms of techniques and materials when it comes realizing their ideas in print. New technologies gives ambitious designers access to a variety of new options in printing, from speciality paper stocks, inks, and engraving techniques to non-traditional materials such as wood, cloth, metal, and even cement. Make It Happen - Materials and Techniques for Graphic Design shows how creatives are using these new opportunities in subjects ranging from book and magazine printing to brochures, promotional items, and packaging, in small personal projects as well as large corporate branding programs, all following and even predicting the latest trends in printing techniques.

  7. Archigraphy - Lettering on Buildings

    Archigraphy: Lettering on Buildings

    Lettering on buildings and in the public realm affects our environment. The core of this manual is formed by archigraphy projects that represent a strategy of how architecture can be enriched by graphic elements. The structural, material or visual methods can thus be used as inspiration for the reader's own designs.

  8. Mid-Century Modern Women in the Visual Arts

    Mid-Century Modern Women in the Visual Arts

    Featuring an unparalleled collection of real-life heroines of the art, design, and fashion industries, Mid-Century Modern Women in the Visual Arts is a celebration of some of the most creative and successful females of that era and their societal contributions.

  9. Show Posters - The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters

    Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters

    Show Posters offers a visual timeline of the big players in the music industry, from The Black Keys and Passion Pit to Phantogram and Real Estate, as well as the posters that launched their shows - and the designers' careers. Show Posters features step-by-step instructions to guide you through screen printing, hand lettering, and yes, even Xeroxing your way to recreating iconic, kickass posters.

  10. New Retro

    New Retro

    New Retro is a compendium of fashionable designs that draws inspirations from the past. Whether it is to tie our contemporary culture with stories of former times, or simply to manifest a love for the good old days, this book serves as a testimony that memories, oldies and aesthetic ideologies are always something we can return to for comfort and warmth.

  11. Please Make This Look Nice - The Graphic Design Process

    Please Make This Look Nice: The Graphic Design Process

    Equal parts design inspiration and manual, Please Make This Look Nice combines interviews, writings, case studies, and personal ephemera from celebrated designers into a solid primer for designers and design enthusiasts alike. This book offers a behind-the-scenes look at the graphic design process of more than fifty graphic designers, typographers, and studios from around the world.

  12. Meggs' History of Graphic Design

    Meggs' History of Graphic Design

    "Meggs' History of Graphic Design" is the industry's unparalleled, award-winning reference. With over 1,400 high-quality images throughout, this visually stunning text guides you through a saga of artistic innovators, breakthrough technologies, and groundbreaking developments that define the graphic design field.

  13. A Smile in the Mind

    A Smile in the Mind

    First published in 1996, A Smile in the Mind rapidly became one of the most influential books in graphic design - a rich sourcebook of design ideas and an entertaining guide to the techniques behind witty thinking. Now extensively revised and updated, this book explores the powerful role of wit in graphic design, making the case for wit, as the magical element that builds the world's biggest brands and engages people with messages that matter.

  14. Visual Harmony - Proportion in Graphic Design

    Visual Harmony: Proportion in Graphic Design

    Effective visual communication is not an accidental occurrence, but the result of serious intention on the part the designer to balance all aspects of the design. This is often achieved through careful application of proportion based on certain guiding principles long in existence: the golden ratio, or divine proportion, and the Fibonacci sequence. Following a practical overview, Visual Harmony presents a survey of contemporary graphic design that all exhibits this masterful use of proportion.

  15. Visual Research - An Introduction to Research Methods in Graphic Design

    Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methods in Graphic Design

    Packed with more than 200 colour illustrations, Visual Research explores a range of research methods that can be used by graphic designers and visual communicators in the development of clear and purposeful design solutions. The book introduces key terms and theories that underlie design research; examining the importance of visual grammar and design literacy, audience, communication theory and semiotics.

  16. International Yearbook Communication Design 2015/2016

    International Yearbook Communication Design 2015/2016

    The world's best and latest innovations in the field of communication designs are presented in this two-volume design book. Volume 1 features the wide range of creative achievements in corporate design, brand design, packaging design, advertising, annual reports, publishing & print media, posters, typography and illustrations. Volume 2 presents trends from spatial communication, social responsibility, film & animation, sound and game design, online apps and interface design.

  17. Becoming a Successful Graphic Designer

    Becoming a Successful Graphic Designer

    Through interviews with people at all levels of design, Becoming a Successful Graphic Designer provides down to earth and straight forward information that is relevant to today's students looking to start a career in design.

  18. Design Origin - France

    Design Origin: France

    Design Origin: France features the creme de la creme of graphic art and visual communication produced in France. From corporate and event identities, to packaging, editorial, installation and set design, no category is left unexplored.

  19. Palette 07 - Monotone

    Palette 07: Monotone

    Monotone singles out a distinctive array of visual projects that thrive on the clever use of limited colours. Chromatically arranged, 110 recent works demonstrate how designs consciously capitalise on a sole colour or a tonal palette to make a loud noise. From brand identities and packaging, to product and interior designs, this book showcases compelling solutions that epically play with colour formulations, materials, printing techniques and graphic details to make a unique appeal.

  20. Covering Print - 75 Covers, 75 Years

    Covering Print: 75 Covers, 75 Years

    To celebrate one of the world's most revered graphic design publications' 75th anniversary, Heller curated a collection of 75 Print magazine covers straight from the archives. In Covering Print, he explores the context, aesthetics and individuals that made these iconic covers significant in both the design industry and history at large.

  21. Graphic Design Visionaries

    Graphic Design Visionaries

    Featuring 75 of the world's most influential designers, this book presents the story of graphic design through the fascinating personal stories and significant works that have shaped the field. Arranged in chronological order, the book shows the development of design, from early innovators such as Edward McKnight Kauffer and Alexey Brodovitch to key figures of mid-century Swiss Design and corporate American branding. The book profiles masters of typography, such as Wim Crouwel and Neville Brody; visionary magazine designers, such as Leo Lionni and Cipe Pineles; designers who influenced the world of film, such as Saul Bass and Robert Brownjohn; and the creators of iconic poster work, such as Armin Hofmann, Rogério Duarte and Yusaku Kamekura.

  22. Jazz Covers

    Jazz Covers

    Spanning half a century, Jazz Covers assembles the most daring and dynamic Jazz cover designs that helped make and shape not only a musical genre but also a particular way of experiencing life. From the 1940s through to the decline of LP production in the early 1990s, each chosen cover design is distinct in the way it compliments the energy of the album's music with its own visual rhythms of frame, line, text, and form. To satisfy even the most demanding of music geeks, each record is accompanied by a fact sheet listing performer and album name, art director, photographer, illustrator, year, label, and more.

  23. Look at Me! - New Poster Design

    Look at Me!: New Poster Design

    In the last one hundred years posters have come to be recognized as a vital art form, attracting artists such as Toulouse Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha and Andy Warhol. Posters are the catalysts of their own zeitgeist, reflecting social, cultural and spiritual transformations. Today, with the subjects they cover having expanded to cinema, music, promotions and exhibitions, posters are designed to be both informative and eye-catching. Look at Me! brings together and introduces fresh and creative posters designed by world-class artists that make use of original ideas, advanced methods and techniques, ingenious materials and unique features.

  24. The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic

    The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic

    The years between the First and Second World Wars in Germany are famed for their cultural boom. With Berlin as its epicenter, the Weimar Republic was replete with ground-breaking literature, philosophy, and art. At the heart of this intellectual and creative hub were some of the most outstanding and forward-thinking book designs in history. Book Covers in the Weimar Republic assembles 1,000 of the most striking examples from this golden age of publishing activity and innovation. Based on the remarkable collection of Jürgen Holstein and his rare collectible Blickfang, it combines an unparalleled catalog of dust jackets and bindings with Holstein's introduction to the leading figures and particular energy of the Weimar publishing age.

  25. My Graphic DNA - Portfolio Design

    My Graphic DNA: Portfolio Design

    My Graphic DNA features a selection of samples of the best works by young designers from all over the world. Fresh, inventive and full of original and groundbreaking ideas that use new materials and experimental techniques, this book aims to offer not only visual delights but also valuable references and solutions for those who are looking for inspiration in producing an eye-catching portfolio of their own.

  26. Monochrome Graphics - Maximum Creativity within a Minimum Budget

    Monochrome Graphics: Maximum Creativity within a Minimum Budget

    Monochrome Graphics showcases the appealing effects of using monochrome colour schemes in a wide range of visual fields and provides a unique and highly visual demonstration of the powerful impact of black and white. With its highly representative selection of projects, Monochrome Graphics will appeal equally to design professionals and a general readership.

  27. The Debate - The Legendary Contest of Two Giants of Graphic Design

    The Debate: The Legendary Contest of Two Giants of Graphic Design

    The first English translation of a famous 1972 debate between Dutch graphic designers Wim Crouwel and Jan van Toorn, a public clash of subjectivity versus objectivity at Amsterdam's Museum Fodor that helped set the stage for bold philosophical showdowns to come in design culture. Held in response to an exhibition of Van Toorn's work at Stedelijk Museum, including student posters protesting the Vietnam War-in an era of youth culture and increasing resistance to authority, capitalism, and the power of media-the stakes were aesthetic, ethical, and politically charged.

  28. Managing Corporate Design - Best Practices for In-House Graphic Design Departments

    Managing Corporate Design: Best Practices for In-House Graphic Design Departments

    Corporations increasingly view graphic design as a core strategic business competency in a highly competitive climate, and they are challenging their in-house designers to supply far more than a service or support function. Their new role is to provide sound solutions to real-world business pressures. Managing Corporate Design addresses-head-on-these new challenges in a highly practical manner.

  29. International Yearbook Communication Design 2014/2015

    International Yearbook Communication Design 2014/2015

    A must-have for corporate communications experts, content managers, advertising consultants, designers, art directors, photographers and people with a passion for the creative world. The world's best and latest innovations in the field of communication design are presented in this two-volume design book. Volume 1 features the wide range of creative achievements in corporate design, brand design, annual reports, advertising, publishing print media, social responsibility, posters, typography, illustrations and spatial communication. Volume 2 presents trends from packaging design, film animation, the online world, interface design, apps, game design and sound design.