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Icons of Graphic Design

Steven Heller, Mirko Ilic

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Presents a unique history of design, documenting over a century of influential designs


Icons of Graphic Design presents a unique history of design, documenting over a century of creative brilliance. Showcasing the most influential designs and designers from 1900 to the present, this outstanding collection illustrates how the best ideas perpetuate themselves over time, one great concept inspiring the next.

More than one hundred seminal images – one from each year – are shown alongside the works that preceded their creation and the designs that were inspired or evolved from them. Examples include work from both famous and anonymous graphic artists – from Toulouse-Lautrec and Milton Glaser to Peter Saville and Michel Gondry – visually juxtaposing each example to reveal a theme or artistic device.

You'll find inspiration and encouragement in equal measure, knowing that great work never dies - and great designers live forever.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 30.5 x 22.7 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 967

Publication date: 12 May 2008

ISBN: 9780500287293

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.

Mirko Ilic, the New York-based graphic designer, has won numerous awards for his handwritten design work.

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