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New Modernist Type

Steven Heller, Gail Anderson

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A rich sourcebook of ideas for the most functional of styles


Modernism never goes out of style. Its timeless functionality and utilitarian beauty are constantly reinterpreted in the world of design. New Modernist Type gathers hundreds of contemporary examples showing how simplicity, clarity and homage to historical modernism are still at play in the work of today's most exciting graphic designers.

Steven Heller, design historian and critic, and Gail Anderson, designer and educator, have made an international selection of 'new modernist' designs, from classical, constructivist or retro works to optical, kinetic or metaphorical creations. Heller's highly informed commentary illuminates the historical context of these new tendencies.

With its breathtaking spectrum of modernist typographies created for today's design briefs, New Modernist Type is an essential sourcebook and inspiration for student and professional graphic designers.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (with jacket)

Size: 23.5 x 21.5 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 567

Publication date: 3 September 2012

ISBN: 9780500241417

Contents List

Introduction • Economy, Pure and Simple: Returning to the idea that less is indeed more • Old Modern Redux: Homage and pastiche bring back Bauhaus, Constructivism, Russian Constructivism, De Stijl and more • Modern Signs and Symbols: Pictographs for the 21st Century • New, Newer, Newest: What the next phase of Modernism will look like

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.

Gail Anderson is the creative director at Visual Arts Press at the School of Visual Arts and a partner at Anderson Newton Design. With Steven Heller, she is the author of New Ornamental Type and The Typographic Universe, both published by Thames & Hudson.

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