Design book reviews

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Published:  August 24, 2012
Tiana Vasiljev
Design book reviews

Books reviewed by Tiana Vasiljev, Beautiful Pages.

Jan Tschichold: Master Typographer: His Life, Work and Legacy
Cees W. de Jong and Alston W. Purvis
Thames & Hudson, 2008, $80, 352 pages
Macmillan Distribution Services
This wonderful retrospective offers an insightful look at the work of Jan Tschichold, one of the most influential typographers of the 20th century. The book begins with an overview of the designer’s life, followed by discussions and examples of his major influences and published work – including innovative poster designs, typeface creations and his revolutionary work with Penguin books. An extraordinary designer with an impeccable attention to detail, Master Typographer strengthens Tschichold’s legacy and clearly conveys how his work and influences are still visible in the world of typography today.

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Function, Restraint and Subversion in Typography
J. Namdev Hardisty
Princeton Architectural Press, 2011,
$69.50, 200 pages
Books@Manic
Anyone with a love for modernist design and typography will find themselves greatly inspired by this publication. Focusing on areas of minimalism and modernism in typography, it documents the work of 24 leading graphic design studios. It beautifully showcases these designers’ work, their strong set of principles and opinions about what graphic design is and how it should function. The book features a delightful mix of familiar names in the field, along with many new designers beginning to make their mark on the design world. It is a wonderful testament to the belief that simplicity will always stand out in our often complex world.

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Pioneers of Modern Typography
Herbert Spencer
Lund Humphries, 2004, $49.50, 160 pages
Ashgate-Gower Asia Pacific
First published in 1969, Pioneers offers a wonderful guide to the history of modern typography. With the perfect balance between visual and verbal information, Herbert Spencer discusses and documents the work of pioneers such as El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko, Max Bill and Jan Tschichold – typographers that were ‘bursting with ideas’ and ‘determined to make their voices heard effectively’. These masters embraced print as an artistic means of conveying ideas and information and, as a result, managed to break free from tradition. Pioneers is one of the most influential and useful publications to be produced on modern graphic design and typography.

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