New Laurence King titles

New Laurence King titles

Now and again books come across our path here at FFF that we just have to share with you. Since the rise of the graphic design blog, and aggregator sites, the need for ‘overview’ design books has decreased somewhat – which makes coming across good ones all the more exciting. In such books the quality of the content is often reflective of the curator, and in these two instances from Laurence King that quality shines through.

Graphic Design Visionaries is by Caroline Roberts, founder of Grafik magazine, she knows a thing or two about design history having written several books, and in this latest 312 page slab she looks at 75 of the world’s most influential designers, their fascinating personal stories and significant works that have shaped the field.

Arranged in chronological order, the book shows the development of design, from early innovators such as Edward McKnight Kauffer and Alexey Brodovitch to key figures of mid-century Swiss Design and corporate American branding. The book profiles masters of typography, such as Wim Crouwel; visionary magazine designers, such as Leo Lionni and Cipe Pineles; designers who influenced the world of film, such as Saul Bass and Robert Brownjohn; and the creators of iconic poster work, such as Armin Hofmann, Rogério Duarte and Yusaku Kamekura.

Combining insightful text and key visual examples, this is a dynamic and richly illustrated guide to the individuals whose vision has defined the world of graphic design. If you are looking to brush up on your design history, or inspire someone to discover it for themselves, this is a great place to start.

Type: New Perspectives in Typography is edited by the hugely talented leading typographers Henrik Kubel and Scott Williams (better known as A2/SW/HK) and is an A to Z showcase of more than 100 carefully selected contemporary designers, including the best examples of their current work, and also features an introduction by Rick Poynor. These are typographers at the very top of their game, so when they curate, we take note.

Featured designers include David Pearson, Philippe Apeloig and Anthony Burrill, among others, alongside essays by acclaimed design writers Emily King, Paul Shaw, Monika Parrinder and Colin Davies that explore the past and future of type design. This book will encourage and inspire the next generation of designers as well as provide a sourcebook for seasoned designers and educators. It’s a fantastic looking book full of inspiring work.

Luke Tonge

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