The Online Archive represents nearly 1,500 of the over 60,000 objects housed at the Letterform Archive, which collects items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design.
Graphic Design by Stephen J. EskilsonThis exciting new history of graphic design explores its evolution from the late 19th century to the present day. Organized chronologically, the book illuminates the dynamic relationship between design and manufacturing as well as the roles of technology, social change, and commercial forces on the course of design history. The layout of each chapter reflects the unique style of the period it describes, and some 450 illustrations throughout the volume provide a visual record of more than one hundred years of creative achievement in the field. Under the influence of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 19th century, a new era began for design arts. Fueled by popular Art Nouveau advertising, the work of graphic designers became central in the growing consumer goods economy. This book traces the emergence of varied modernist design styles in the early 20th century and then examines the wartime politicization of regional styles through American government patronage and revolutionary Soviet ideas. Richly contextualized chapters chronicle the history of the Bauhaus and the rise of the International Style, followed by the postmodern movement of the 1970s and '80s. After highlighting recent developments in graphic design around the globe, the author discusses the impact of inexpensive, powerful design software and the challenges facing designers now.
Call Number: NC998 .E85 2007
Publication Date: 2007-10-25
Graphic Style by Steven Heller; Seymour Chwast (Illustrator)This visual survey of graphic design styles through the ages is an essential resource for designers, art and design students, and art lovers. With more than 700 illustrations, it is the only wide-ranging history of graphic design to be completely visual, and many readers treasure it for its amazing trove of images. This new edition has been brought up to date with a new section that encompasses trends from the last decade. Graphic Style, said Studio magazine of the first edition, "should be on the shelf of every serious designer/illustrator." This fourth edition is still indispensable.
Call Number: NC998.2 .H45 2018
Publication Date: 2018-09-11
Six Chapters in Design by Philip B. Meggs (Foreword by)Stylish and concise, this volume presents the work of six venerable names in modern design history. Featuring more than three hundred examples of their best work, yet still eminently portable, Six Chapters in Design is a charming model of economy. Each chapter begins with an essay by a fellow designer, or poet, or, in the case of Saul Bass, director Martin Scorsese, and closes with a biographical profile. Esteemed by designers around the world, these are the artists who created the identities of Warner, AT&T, IBM, ABC, UPS, and Westinghouse; film titles for The Shining and Cape Fear; posters; advertisements; and memorable images of every sort. Their work, nearly omnipresent in everyday life, has influenced an entire culture. This dynamic compendium is a smart resource for designers and artists working in any medium.
Call Number: NC998.4 .A125 1997
Publication Date: 1997-10-01
Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design by R. Roger Remington; Barbara J. HodikGraphic designer R. Roger Remington and art historian Barbara Hodik have collaborated in this splendidly illustrated book to profile the careers and contributions of nine men who shaped the graphic design profession from the 1930s to the 1950s. Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design explores each designer's milieu education, philosophy of design, body of work client relations, and problemshy;solving approaches. The more than 200 illustrations, 55 in color, are drawn from almost every medium of graphic expression, including posters, advertising magazines, book jackets, business graphics, and signage. Remington and Hodik's carefully researched work brings an important part of graphic design history to life and provides a better understanding of contemporary graphics through a comprehensive look at these pioneering designers: Mehemed Fehmy Agha, who introduced bleed photographs and the duotone; Alexey Brodovitch, known for his liquid sense of motion and always changing graphic composition; Charles Coiner, the first American graphic designer to address the needs of the US. government with innovative design; William Golden, most famous for designing the CBS "eye"; Lester Beall, proponent of the "new typography" and known as the "businessman's designer"; Will Burtin who designed several Worlds Fair exhibits; Alvin Lustig, a noted designer and art educator whose career was cut tragically short by blindness and death at age 40; Ladislav Sutnar, renowned for his work on the McGraw Hill "Sweet's" catalog, and Bradbury Thompson, who designed many publications including Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Daily News. Both authors teach at Rochester Institute of Technology. R. Roger Remington is Professor of Graphic Design and Barbara Hodik is Professor of Art History.
Call Number: NC998.4.R4 1989
Publication Date: 1989-02-10
American Modernism by R. Roger RemingtonA groundbreaking survey of the Modernist movement in American graphic design This insightful book is the first to present a comprehensive survey of the Modernist movement as it emerged in America between 1920 and 1960 in various graphic media. It identifies and examines great works in advertising, information design, identity, magazine design, print, dimensional design, and posters that by mid-century had defined American graphic design. R. Roger Remington begins by discussing the emergence of Modernism and its major historical influences, including European avant-garde art movements, technology, geopolitical issues, popular culture, educational innovations such as the Bauhaus, architecture, industrial design, and photography. The heart of the book brings together the key works of mid-century Modernism, presenting them chronologically from the 1930s to the 1950s. The final section shows the impact of and reactions to these Modernist influences as graphic design in America matured into the 1960s and beyond. Handsomely designed and illustrated, American Modernism isdestined to become a classic text in the study of design and visual culture.
Active Literature by Christopher BurkeJan Tschichold (1902-1974) is considered by many to be the most influential typographer of the twentieth century. A leading voice of the modernist movement, Tschichold oversaw the redesign of the Penguin and Pelican paperbacks in the late 1940s and devised for them a standardized set of typographic rules. The classical type designs of his late career qualify him as perhaps the first typographic postmodernist.Active Literature, an in-depth study of Jan Tschichold's modernist period, is based on extensive archival research that uncovered a wealth of new photographs of his design work. Author Christopher Burke presents a full portrait of the designer's career and puts into context Tschichold's own account of his life and work.
Call Number: Z232.T863 B87 2007
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Twentieth Century Type Designers by Sebastian CarterThis new edition of the text first published in 1987 includes an examination of the latest technological developments in the design and composition of type, and introduces the work of some of the more recent designers to have made their mark this century. Although the skeleton shapes of the letters of our alphabet hardly change, many skilled type designers have devoted much time, sometimes their whole lives, to drawing different versions of the outlines. This book serves as an introduction to the concept of typefaces and to some of the personalities who have created them - Goudy, Rogers, Koch, Gill, Morison, Van Krimpen, Trump, Tschichold, Frutiger, and Zapf - and places them in the context of the enormous changes that have occurred the 20th century in the methods of creating and setting type.