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Graphic Design Bookshelf

Graphic Design Bookshelf

Information design pioneer Edward Tufte sums up the ever-increasing relevance of graphic design to our times with his observation that “clutter is a failure of design, not an attribute of information.” In the golden age of paraphernalia, it falls to the graphic designer to clarify the clutter, and the ability to compose visual and linguistic data so that it grabs both eye and mind determines the success of just about every merchandized product, from a flyer in the mailbox to the web. Historically, graphic design has also defined the look of entire avant-garde art movements and even whole eras, through album art and movie posters. Below is a selection of our finest monographs and surveys on graphic design, from modernist Italian travel posters to web design.

Graphic Design Bookshelf

The featured image is taken from Beauty Is in the Street, a fantastic compendium of posters made by the Atelier Populaire during the uprisings in May 1968, in Paris. The caption in the poster reads: "Will he be unemployed?" Beauty Is in the Street is edited by the collector, editor and curator Johan Kugelberg, and original Atelier Populaire member Philippe Vermès. It is published by Four Corner Books.



Recommended Reading: A Book List on Graphic Design

The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame
The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame
PICTUREBOX

Pbk, 7 x 10 in. / 256 pgs / 250 bw. | 4/30/2013 | Not available
ISBN 9780984589241 | $29.95


C.F: Mere
C.F: Mere
PICTUREBOX

Pbk, 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 184 pgs / 96 bw / 88 duotone. | 5/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9780982632741 | $19.95


Brandon Graham: Walrus
Brandon Graham: Walrus
PICTUREBOX

Pbk, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 112 pgs / 32 color / 80 duotone. | 7/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9780985159597 | $19.95


Shigeru Sugiura: Last of the Mohicans
Shigeru Sugiura: Last of the Mohicans
PICTUREBOX

Hbk, 7.25 x 10.25 in. / 160 pgs / 8 color / 120 bw. | 7/31/2013 | Not available
ISBN 9780985159566 | $22.95


Robert Weaver: A Pedestrian View
Robert Weaver: A Pedestrian View
KETTLER VERLAG

Hbk, 6.75 x 8.75 in. / 144 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 2/28/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783862062065 | $39.95


Artemio Rodriguez: American Dream
Artemio Rodriguez: American Dream
RM

Hbk, 8.75 x 10.25 in. / 160 pgs / 211 bw. | 3/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9788415118411 | $29.95


Blutch: So Long, Silver Screen
Blutch: So Long, Silver Screen
PICTUREBOX

Hbk, 8 x 11 in. / 88 pgs / 80 color. | 4/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9780985159511 | $22.95


Punk 45
Punk 45
SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PUBLISHING

Flexi, 8.75 x 10.75 in. / 400 pgs / 800 color. | 10/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9780957260009 | $39.95


Wired Up!
Wired Up!
WIRED UP MEDIA

Hbk, 8.75 x 8.75 in. / 384 pgs / 344 color / 50 bw. | 4/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9780615488769 | $39.95


A Country of Cities
A Country of Cities
METROPOLIS BOOKS

Hbk, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 252 pgs / 150 color. | 5/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9781935202172 | $29.95


Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Film Pitch Book
Stefan Sagmeister: The Happy Film Pitch Book
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Pbk, 2.75 x 4 in. / 244 pgs / 60 color / 40 bw. | 4/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9780884541257 | $20.00


39 Difficult Questions for Stefan Sagmeister
39 Difficult Questions for Stefan Sagmeister
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Pbk, 6.5 x 8.75 in. / 156 pgs / 19 color / 8 bw. | 2/28/2014 | Not available
ISBN 9780884541240 | $18.00


Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume III
Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedia Volume III
FUEL PUBLISHING

Hbk, 5 x 8 in. / 400 pgs / 350 bw. | 11/1/2008 | In stock
ISBN 9780955006197 | $32.95


Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art
Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art
DAMIANI

Pbk, 9.5 x 10.25 in. / 208 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 2/29/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9788862082044 | $39.95


Soy Cuba: Cuban Cinema Posters From After the Revolution
Soy Cuba: Cuban Cinema Posters From After the Revolution
TRILCE EDICIONES

Pbk, 9.5 x 13.5 in. / 320 pgs / 272 color. | 10/31/2011 | Not available
ISBN 9786077663188 | $32.00


Own Label
Own Label
FUEL PUBLISHING

Pbk, 7.25 x 8.75 in. / 208 pgs / 300 color / 107 bw. | 12/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780956356284 | $32.95


Posters: Travelling Around Italy Through Advertising
Posters: Travelling Around Italy Through Advertising
SILVANA EDITORIALE

Clth, 10 x 12 in. / 288 pgs / 250 color. | 10/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9788836619221 | $75.00


Slavs and Tatars Presents Molla Nasreddin
Slavs and Tatars Presents Molla Nasreddin
JRP|RINGIER

Pbk, 9.5 x 11 in. / 208 pgs / 218 color. | 7/31/2011 | Not available
ISBN 9783037642122 | $37.50


Studio One Records
Studio One Records
SOUL JAZZ BOOKS

Hbk, 12.25 x 12.25 in. / 216 pgs / 200 color. | 11/30/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780955481772 | $49.95


Beauty Is in the Street
Beauty Is in the Street
FOUR CORNERS BOOKS

Hbk, 9 x 11 in. / 272 pgs / 200 color / 100 bw. | 8/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780956192837 | $40.00


Graphic Design: Now In Production
Graphic Design: Now In Production
WALKER ART CENTER

Pbk, 9 x 12 in. / 240 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 11/30/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780935640984 | $40.00


Web Aesthetics
Web Aesthetics
NAI010 PUBLISHERS

Pbk, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 276 pgs. | 1/31/2011 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9789056627706 | $30.00


Graphis Annual: The Essential 1952-1986
Graphis Annual: The Essential 1952-1986
IDPURE EDITIONS

Clth, 9.5 x 12 in. / 240 pgs / 200 color / 200 bw. | 3/31/2011 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9782839905992 | $65.00


Czech Cubism and the Book
Czech Cubism and the Book
KANT

Hbk, 9 x 11 in. / 208 pgs / 211 color. | 8/31/2011 | Not available
ISBN 9788086217673 | $50.00


The Book Design of Josef Capek: Seeing The Book
The Book Design of Josef Capek: Seeing The Book
KANT

Hbk, 9 x 11 in. / 328 pgs / 790 color. | 8/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9788074370144 | $80.00


Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles
Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life and Work of Barney Bubbles
ADELITA

Hbk, 9 x 11 in. / 224 pgs / 550 color / 70 bw. | 2/28/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780955201745 | $49.95


Postcards of the Wiener Werkstätte
Postcards of the Wiener Werkstätte
HATJE CANTZ

Hbk, 9.25 x 11.25 in. / 336 pgs / 1,115 color. | 1/31/2011 | Not available
ISBN 9783775727518 | $75.00


Otto Neurath: The Language of the Global Polis
Otto Neurath: The Language of the Global Polis
NAI/D.A.P. DISTRIBUTED ART PUBLISHERS

Pbk, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 176 pgs / 89 color. | 5/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9789056627980 | $35.00


Mexico Illustrated 1920-1950
Mexico Illustrated 1920-1950
RM/MUSEO VALENCIANO DE LA ILUSTRACIóN Y LA MODERNIDAD

Hbk, 9.75 x 12 in. / 288 pgs / 240 color / 47 bw. | 2/28/2011 | Not available
ISBN 9788492480876 | $65.00


Green Patriot Posters
Green Patriot Posters
METROPOLIS BOOKS

Pbk, 9.5 x 12.5 in. / 128 pgs / 100 color / 50 tear-out posters. | 11/30/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9781935202240 | $30.00


Rock Paper Show: Flatstock Volume One
Rock Paper Show: Flatstock Volume One
SOUNDSCREEN DESIGN

Hbk, 9.5 x 12.5 in. / 312 pgs / 566 color. | 3/31/2011 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780984302802 | $59.99


Thonik: I Am Your Type
Thonik: I Am Your Type
NAI010 PUBLISHERS

Pbk, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 256 pgs / 250 color. | 2/28/2015 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9789056627447 | $50.00


IdN 15th Anniversary Edition
IdN 15th Anniversary Edition
IDN

Hbk, 9.5 x 7.75 in. / 452 pgs / illustrated throughout / DVD (NTSC only). | 7/31/2010 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9789889959197 | $59.95


Takaaki Matsumoto: Design
Takaaki Matsumoto: Design
ACADIA SUMMER ARTS PROGRAM

Clth, 7 x 9.25 in. / 184 pgs / 100 color. | 6/30/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9780979764233 | $30.00


The Bauhaus at the Newsstand
The Bauhaus at the Newsstand
KERBER

Pbk, 9.75 x 13.5 in. / 160 pgs / 163 color / 90 bw. | 1/31/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9783866782822 | $46.50


Ghanavision
Ghanavision
BONGOUT

Hbk, 6.75 x 9.25 in. / 68 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 8/31/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9783940907059 | $25.00


Cover Art by H5: This Is the End
Cover Art by H5: This Is the End
JRP|RINGIER

Pbk, 10.75 x 10.75 in. / 244 pgs / 194 color / 107 bw / Vinyl Record. | 8/31/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9783037640111 | $55.00


Mike Mills: Graphics Films
Mike Mills: Graphics Films
DAMIANI

Hbk, 9.75 x 12.75 in. / 176 pgs / 100 color. | 2/1/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9788862080750 | $49.95


Bruno Munari: Il Disegno, Il Design
Bruno Munari: Il Disegno, Il Design
EDIZIONI CORRAINI

Pbk, 9.5 x 11.75 in. / 248 pgs / 514 color. | 3/1/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9788875701604 | $65.00


How to Break the Rules of Brand Design in 10+8 Easy Exercises
How to Break the Rules of Brand Design in 10+8 Easy Exercises
EDIZIONI CORRAINI

Pbk, 4.5 x 6.5 in. / 88 pgs / 33 bw. | 3/1/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9788875701642 | $15.00


ABC of De Designpolitie
ABC of De Designpolitie
VALIZ

Hardback, 6 x 8.5 in. / 480 pgs / 800 color / 50 bw. | 11/1/2008 | In stock
ISBN 9789078088219 | $45.00


Ezra Petronio and Suzanne Koller: Selected Works, Subjective Inventory
Ezra Petronio and Suzanne Koller: Selected Works, Subjective Inventory
JRP|RINGIER

Clothbound, 6.75 x 9 in. / 244 pgs / 717 color. | 8/1/2008 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9783905829549 | $89.00


Mute Magazine
Mute Magazine
EIGHT BOOKS

Paperback, 8.75 x 8.75 in. / 144 pgs / 250 color. | 8/1/2008 | Not available
ISBN 9780955432224 | $35.00


For the Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis: Storm Thorgerson & Aubrey Powell
For the Love of Vinyl: The Album Art of Hipgnosis: Storm Thorgerson & Aubrey Powell
PICTUREBOX

Hardback, 9.25 x 12.25 in. / 224 pgs / 450 color. | 12/1/2008 | In stock
ISBN 9780981562216 | $45.00


Peter Saville: Estate 1-127
Peter Saville: Estate 1-127
JRP|RINGIER

Paperback, 8 x 10.5 in. / 272 pgs./ 240 color | 10/1/2007 | In stock
ISBN 9783905701661 | $50.00


Notes From Russia: Hand-Made Street Notices
Notes From Russia: Hand-Made Street Notices
FUEL PUBLISHING

Hardcover, 5 x 8 in. / 192 pgs / 64 color / 125 bw. | 10/1/2007 | Not available
ISBN 9780955006173 | $32.95


Left Wing Political Graphics
Left Wing Political Graphics
LA MARCA EDITORA

Paperback, 6 x 6 in. / 240 pgs / 500 color. | 3/1/2007 | In stock
ISBN 9789508891501 | $25.00


Match Day: Official Football Programmes
Match Day: Official Football Programmes
FUEL PUBLISHING

Paperback, 8.75 x 12.75 in. / 208 pgs / 360 color. | 10/15/2006 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780955006142 | $55.00


Art of the Japanese Postcard
Art of the Japanese Postcard
MFA PUBLICATIONS

Hbk, 8.5 x 9.5 in. / 288 pgs / 350 color / 20 bw. | 4/2/2004 | In stock
ISBN 9780878466689 | $45.00


Paul Rand: Modernist Designer
Paul Rand: Modernist Designer
THE CENTER FOR ART, DESIGN AND VISUAL CULTURE

Paperback, 6 x 9 in. / 334 pgs / 200 color. | 11/2/2003 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9781890761035 | $45.00






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