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Published:  October 12, 2012
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Books reviewed by Tiana Vasiljev, Beautiful Pages.

Corporate Diversity: Swiss Graphic Design and Advertising by Geigy 1940-1970
Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich
Lars Muller Publishers, 2010, $95, 208 pages
Peribo
Corporate Diversity features brilliant examples of work created between 1940 and 1970 by the in-house studio of Geigy, a Basel-based chemical and pharmaceutical company. Employing a minimalist approach, the publication displays Swiss graphic design at its best, presenting everything from printed materials to a large selection of retail packaging. Geigy was one of the leaders in the development of new styles of packaging, many of which also minimised environmental impact. The book is wonderfully documented and beautifully designed. Corporate Diversity is truly indispensable.

 

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Boxed & Labelled Two!
R. Klanten, M. Hubner, S. Ehmann
Gestalten, 2012, $100, 224 pages
Books @ Manic
This title documents a selection of the most intelligent, playful and innovative examples of current packaging design. Boxed & Labelled Two! demonstrates the diverse solutions that many designers from around the globe have found to set products apart. Each project delivers its own unique brand values and experiences that set it apart in a competitive marketplace. It is interesting to see such a broad mix of approaches to packaging design, from purely typographic applications to illustrations to photographic approaches. If you love packaging design and retail, then this title is an exceptional choice. The featured concepts and striking examples will motivate and inspire you.

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Materials, Process, Print: Creative Solutions for Graphic Design
Daniel Mason
Laurence King, 2007, $75, 208 pages
Macmillan Distribution Services
This book is a wonderful resource for designers and a great showcase of contemporary solutions in both print and packaging. Materials, Process, Print explores diverse possibilities, demonstrating how printing techniques can be stretched to the limits to produce original results. The first half of the book discusses a selection of manufacturing processes. The second half features a selection of case studies in which designers have considered these processes and materials as being key to the execution of their project. This beautiful title will give you the confidence to take bigger risks in print and packaging design and produce creative solutions for graphic design.

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