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Bittersweet: Noma Bar

Noma Bar


A dazzling collection of works by one of the world's most acclaimed illustrators

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Noma Bar’s innovative, playful style has made him one of the most sought-after illustrators working today, with a broad range of commissions from magazines and newspapers – including Empire, the New York Times, Wired, the Guardian and Time Out – and numerous private and advertising clients. His use of negative space and minimalist forms creates images with multiple readings that delight and surprise in equal measure. Each of Bar’s illustrations tells a story that is hidden in the details, with the message revealing itself in the double-take as you look more closely.

Noma Bar has handpicked his most iconic illustrations and favourite works, each one displaying the distinctive style that has established his reputation. Each book focuses on topics he has explored in his inimitable style: ‘Less More’ (daily life), ‘Pretty Ugly’ (portraits), ‘In Out’ (sex), ‘Life Death’ (conflict) and ‘Rough Smooth’ (personal sketches).

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'Buy a slice of design brilliance ... Don't wait until Christmas. This is a coffee table book that you need now'

'A reminder of the power of great illustration'
Creative Review

'A must-have resource for all professionals in the worlds of graphic design and illustration, while also being an enthralling treasury for any follower of visual and popular culture'
Creative Boom

'Noma Bar’s use of negative space and minimalist forms creates images with multiple readings that can delight and shock in equal measure'

'Exhaustive, inspiring and weighty'
Creative Bloq

'Pop-culture fans will love this collection of illustrator Noma Bar’s best work'

'A deliciously designed retrospective … look forward to hours of spellbinding visual conjuring'
i newspaper

'One of the most inventive illustrators around'

'Startlingly original'
The Lady

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 28.8 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 400 pp

Illustrations: 445

Publication date: 12 October 2017

ISBN: 9780500021293

Contents List

Foreword • Less More • Pretty Ugly • In Out • Life Death

About the Author

Noma Bar is an acclaimed illustrator whose work has appeared in many media outlets, including Time Out London, the BBC, the New York Times, the Observer, The Economist and Wallpaper*.

Michael Bierut’s career spans every genre of graphic design, from books and posters to packaging and signage, for a broad range of clients. He has won hundreds of design awards and his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Bierut is both a senior critic at Yale’s School of Art and a fellow of its School of Management.

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Michael Bierut

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