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Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design (Hardcover)
A visual and comprehensive guide to a hugely popular graphic style.
The distinctive aesthetic of mid-century design captured the post-war zeitgeist of energy and progress, and remains hugely popular today. In Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design Theo Inglis takes an in-depth look at the innovative graphics of the period, writing about the work of artists and designers from all over the world. From book covers, record covers and posters to advertising, typography and illustration, the designs feature eye-popping colour palettes, experimental type and prints that buzz with kinetic energy.
The book features artworks from a wide selection of international designers and illustrators whose work continues to inspire and influence today, including Ray Eames, Paul Rand, Alex Steinweiss, Joseph Low, Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Leo Lionni, Rudolph de Harak, Abram Games, Tom Eckersley, Ivan Chermayeff, Josef Albers, Corita Kent, Jim Flora, Ben Shahn, Herbert Bayer and Helen Borten.
Theo draws from a broad range of sources including advertising, magazine covers, record sleeves, travel posters and children’s book illustration to show the development of the design style globally, and how this continues to influence design today. The book is packed with hundreds of colour illustrations, including classic designs, such as Saul Bass’ film posters and Miroslav Šašek’s children’s books, alongside lesser-known gems.
About the Author
Theo Inglis is a design writer and graphic designer who specialises in post-war design. He writes regularly for online design magazine Grafik and for Monotype, the world's leading font company. Additionally, he holds an MA in Critical Writing in Art and Design from the Royal College of Art. He also runs the Tumblr account Midcenturymoderndesign, which has over 30,000 followers. He is based in Norwich.
'A rich visual feast that offers hours of browsing pleasure … [Inglis’] writing is at all times deft and elegant.'—Letter Press Project
'A highly browsable visual feast'—C20 Magazine
'An essential guide to the mid-century style'—Creative Bloq
'One of those rare books that’ll give the layperson a formal education and still entice the self-professed experts'—It's Nice That
'The hundreds of eye-popping illustrations provoke both delight and nostalgia.'—Wall Street Journal