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Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers

Steven Heller, Lita Talarico

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100 of the world's leading graphic designers open up their private sketchbooks to chart their creative process


Almost all books on design present the finished article. Rarely do we gain an insight into how visual solutions have been reached or the exploration, experimentation, and embryonic ideas behind them. In this ambitious publication, some one hundred of the world's leading graphic designers and illustrators open up their private sketchbooks to offer a privileged glimpse into their creative process. The result is a visual tour de force.

Samples range from small, discrete typographical explorations to fully fledged illustration ideas, from a few scrappy scribbles and eccentric handwriting to photographic collages and other wacky forms of visual inspiration. Concise and informative texts by the world authority on graphic design provide invaluable commentary on the artists’ creative development, their design philosophies, sketchbooking techniques, and visual influences.

The combined effect of such high-level creativity is a treasure trove of design inspiration for professionals, students, or anyone engaged in the visual industries.

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'The calibre of creatives is impressive … an absorbing anthology […] offering an exhaustive collection of artists’ snapshots that build to create a fascinating album showing the state of commercial art at the beginning of the 21st century'

'Fascinating insight into the creative process, while images provide an equally engrossing visual journey'

'A unique, visually intense release'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 29.7 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Illustrations: 922

Publication date: 13 September 2010

ISBN: 9780500288849

About the Author

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author programme at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is the author of many books, including Stencil Type, Graphic, Typography Sketchbooks, New Ornamental Type and New Vintage Type, all published by Thames & Hudson.

LitaTalarico is the founding editor of American Illustration & Photography and the other co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department at the School of Visual Arts. She is also reporter-at-large for Italian Design Graphics.