Field Guide to Typography
Typefaces in the Urban Landscape
Peter Dawson’s ‘field guide’ identifies and provides context for a selection of over 125 typefaces – classic and contemporary, common and uncommon – that are seen in the urban environment and on everyday objects. The book illustrates several examples of each typeface, describes its design history and essential characteristics; and, more generally, explores the complexity of the task of creating a typeface in interviews with seven great designers.
Designing Celtic Ornament
Dating back to the eighth century BCE, Celtic designs were used to decorate items such as jewellery, weaponry, cauldrons and wine jars as well as illuminated manuscripts. This sourcebook surveys different types of ornament including spirals and triskels, interlace, labyrinths and portrayals of animals. Colourfully illustrated and complete with accounts of the history and symbolic meanings of the designs, the book also includes a practical guide to drawing the motifs.
The Complete 20th Century Sourcebook
Illustrating how men’s and women’s accessories evolved over the 20th century, this sourcebook contains over 2000 coloured artworks based on real examples. For each of seven periods, from 1900-1913 to 1986-1999, chapters begin and end with ‘the complete look’, and show the various types of accessory, including hats and footwear, jewellery, scarves, ties, gloves and bags. Detailed descriptions follow the illustrations and the book concludes with brief biographies of over 85 influential designers.
When Arthur Liberty (1843–1917) opened his first shop, the East India House at 218A Regent Street, in 1875 his aim was ‘not to follow existing fashion but to create new ones’. Liberty was a born retailer with a keen eye for talented designers and the business he created was hugely successful. This illustrated history of Liberty’s shows how it has shaped British taste, bringing together generations of great designers in textiles, fashion, interior design and the decorative arts.
20th-Century Design for Contemporary LIving
More and more people are turning away from bland flatpack furniture in favour of 20th-century design classics that combine traditional craftsmanship with strikingly modern style. Lavishly illustrated in colour throughout, this collector’s guide charts the key movements, from art deco through mid-century modern and pop art to postmodernism, and explains how to select vintage pieces and integrate them stylishly into a modern home. The book includes a directory of designers and manufacturers, and a list of suppliers.
Chinese Graphic Design
in the Twentieth Century
In the early 20th century, the writer and critic Lu Xun was important in stimulating the development of Chinese graphic design from traditional models to a freer style, embracing international influences such as Russian Constructivism. This well-illustrated study discusses examples of China's changing graphic forms from the Shanghai Style of the 1930s and the Mao-centric imagery of the Cultural Revolution to more expressive work and a revival of folk styles later in the century.
The Mechanical Smile
Modernism and The First Fashion Shows in France and America 1900-1929
In a richly illustrated study of the early fashion shows in France and America between the 1880s and 1929, Caroline Evans brings ‘economic and design history together in a new formation’ as she explores topics including fashion and modernism; the innovations of designers such as Worth, Lucile and Poiret; the body and the fashion mannequins (as models were known); the international garment and fashion trade; and commercial and cultural relations between America and France.
Glenn Bray began collecting comic-book illustrations in the 1960s at a time when the artists' originals were little regarded as works of art. The collection he has amassed covers over 50 years of American pop culture, reflecting his taste for underground, marginal or outsider art. This large-format book presents hundreds of challenging, amusing and sometimes bizarre cartoons, comic strips, illustrations and cover designs by artists ranging from the obscure to the world-famous.
The Essence of English Decoration
Arthur Sanderson set up as an importer of French wallpaper in London in 1860, but changing tastes and new technologies meant that he was soon producing his own designs and establishing a name that still stands for quality and taste in interior design today. This highly illustrated volume describes the development of the company and its products from the Arts and Crafts style of its early wallpapers to mid-20th-century, modernist-influenced designs and today's interpretations of classic patterns. Slightly off-mint.
Graphic Art of the Underground
From the automotive art of ‘Kustom Kulture’ in 1950s' and 1960s' California, through drug-fuelled psychedelic graphics and the cartoons and freak art of illustrators such as Robert Crumb in the underground press, to punk graphics and the ‘lowbrow’ art of West Coast USA, this history uses LP cover art, flyers and concert posters to follow the shifting visual aesthetic and the artistic personalities of the counter-culture up to contemporary indie crafts. Sexually explicit content.
The Meanings of Dress
Now with many new chapters and readings, and more emphasis on theory, this well-established reference work provides a collection of articles and essays from magazines, newspapers, books and academic journals that illuminate the role dress plays in cultures and subcultures across the world. The text also explores subjects such as gender, religion, modesty, technological change and social status and, in this third edition, provides more coverage of the male perspective.
Masterpieces of Art
Beginning with a concise survey of the life and work of William Morris (1834-96) and paying particular attention to his pivotal role in the Arts and Crafts Movement, this volume from the popular Masterpieces of Art series presents a selection of his much-loved designs for wallpaper and printed, woven and embroidered textiles. Altogether, there are almost 100 designs presented in full-page colour reproductions, with notes on their motifs and original intended use.
Drawn to Enchant: Original Children's Book Art
in the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection
Using reproductions of 250 original artworks from the Shirley Collection in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, this book journeys through childhood reading from first alphabet books to adventure tales, and explores various types of children's illustration, including comics, historical pictures of America, Christmas time and 20th-century classics. The illustrations date from around 1780 to 2001 and include works by WW Denslow, Maurice Sendak, Beatrix Potter, Andrew Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish.
Aarrgghh!! It's War
Between the 1950s and 1970s the British comic digests War, Battle, Air Ace and War at Sea ran for a combined total of more than 4,500 issues, their humble black-and-white artwork on cheap newsprint concealed beneath painted covers bursting with colour and conflict, depicting soldiers, sailors and pilots fighting for their lives in the Second World War. This title reproduces over 500 of the digests' finest covers in the quality they deserve, and features commentary by veteran comic artist David Roach. Foreword by James May.
The Origins of Comics
From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay
In this classic work, Belgian comics writer and scholar Thierry Smolderen digs deep into the origins of the 20th-century comic strip. He establishes how the picture stories and illustrations of artists like William Hogarth, Rodolphe Topffer and Gustave Dore laid the foundation of the form, which flourished with the evolution of visual culture caused by developments in printing technology, photography, audio recording and cinema. First published in 2000, the book is translated here by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen.
50 Stories About 50 Things
Spanning five millennia of artefacts, from chopsticks (c.3000 BCE) to Facebook, Grace Lees-Maffei presents 50 stories in five sections, each one arranged chronologically and including a great diversity of design. The first section covers objects in urban space ranging from the Eiffel Tower to Dubai's Palm Islands, but also includes mobility scooters and Concorde. The other themes are ideas and imagination on page and screen; objects in the workplace; domestic designs; and things we wear or carry with us.
The Cult of Nature in Italian Design
This is the catalogue of an American exhibition on the manifestation of the 'Liberty style' of the early 20th century in the decorative arts of Italy. The First International Exposition of Modern Decorative Art, held in Turin in 1902, was the starting point for the evolution of the style in the country, largely through the work of the furniture-maker and entrepreneur Agostino Lauro (1861-1924). His creations are among those illustrated here, alongside preparatory drawings, contemporary photographs and other items from the archives.
By Celia Bertwell
Textile designer Celia Birtwell (b.1941) was one of British fashion's most feted figures in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a muse for David Hockney whose painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy featured Birtwell and her then-husband Ossie Clark. Her colourful and vibrant designs for clothes and home fabrics, often featuring flowers, animals and birds, are lavishly illustrated in this scrapbook, alongside photos from her life and career, comments from friends and colleagues, and her own reminiscences and observations.
In the second half of the 20th century Hardy Amies (1909–2003) epitomized the finest of British couture, with his emphasis on a strong line achieved with high-quality materials and excellent tailoring. This comprehensive survey of his life and work, illustrated with photographs of his creations and his clients, and original drawings, reveals how Amies, although best-known as couturier to the Queen, designed clothes for generations of aristocratic and influential women.
Modern British Posters
Art, Design & Communication
Since the 1860s the poster has been an expression of the integration of modern art, graphic design and mass communication. Its history through the 20th century is illustrated and explored here in a range of themes including transport, technology, architecture, public safety, the seaside and popular culture; and in features on key artists such as Paul Nash, Tom Eckersley and Abram Games, and patrons such as London Transport, British Railways and the Festival of Britain.
Shirley Craven and Hull Traders
Revolutionary Fabrics and Furniture 1957-1980
Under the direction of the designer Shirley Craven (b.1934), Hull Traders was one of the most innovative and influential textile studios of the 1960s; its bold, vivid patterns perfectly captured the exuberance and iconoclasm of the era. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, this stylish book celebrates a remarkable creative partnership, and reproduces more than 125 vibrant fabrics by such celebrated artists as Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) and Althea McNish (b.1933).
Interiors, Design and Style from the 1960s
The 1960s ushered in an explosion of colour and style in the home. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from the archives of House & Garden magazine, this follow-up to the same author's Fifties House celebrates the design trends of the period, from mid-century Modernism to paisley prints and Indian bric-a-brac, and charts the influence of such designers as David Bailey, Terence Conran, Mary Quant and Biba's Barbara Hulanicki, who provides a foreword.
Twentieth Century Design
A Decade-by-Decade Exploration of Graphic Style
After a timeline summarizing a century of design, Tony Seddon's richly illustrated survey examines the movements in art, graphic design and typography, the major designers and 'the look' of each decade of the 20th century, from the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau of the 1900s to the impact of digital media in the 1990s. Covering Europe and America, the book profiles 30 graphic designers or design studios and analyses one piece of representative artwork for each decade.
Keep Britain Tidy
And Other Posters from the Nanny State
'Don't ask a man to drink and drive', 'Coughs and sneezes spread diseases', 'Take your litter home'... Combining snappy slogans with eye-catching graphics, post-war British governments sought to influence the way we lived - all for our own good, of course. Accompanied by informative captions, more than 40 of these posters, produced between 1945 and 1975, are reproduced in this book in handy detachable format ready to pin up as nostalgic decoration. But remember - take care how you do it.
Masterpieces of Italian Design
With its strong engineering focus, highly skilled craft workshops, specialized and technologically sophisticated factories, and an intellectually engaged design press, Italy has provided the ideal conditions for the creation of functional, innovative and elegant designs. This volume presents 100 of the finest products, from Carlo Bugatti's Cobra chair in 1902 to the Ducati 1199 Panigale, at the cutting edge of motorbike design in 2011. Each design is described in detail alongside a full-page colour photograph.
The Way We Wore
A Life in Clothes
Daphne Selfe (b.1928) began store modelling in the 1950s and had a varied career as a fashion model, dancer, film extra, dressmaker and mother before being asked to ‘walk’ for designers Red or Dead in 1998. Her modelling career was relaunched and Daphne was busy again with fashion shoots and catwalk shows. In this memoir, she chronicles her lifelong love affair with clothes, and a glorious old age, ‘strutting my stuff well into my eighties’.
The Inspiration Behind Iconic Design
This survey of fashion through the 20th century explores the role of the muse in inspiring the work of the world's most creative and innovative designers, examining the relationships between Piet Mondrian and Yves Saint Laurent, Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy, and Kate Moss and Alexander McQueen, among many others. Packed with photographs of the rich, the famous and the fabulously dressed, it offers rare insight into this mysterious and glamorous world.
Japanese Popular Prints
From Votive Slips to Playing Cards
Beginning with a brief history of printing in Japan, this book covers the various popular and commercial applications of Japanese woodblock printing during the Edo and Meiji periods (1603-1912). Discussing 200 illustrated examples, Salter explores the everyday items produced using woodblock techniques more usually associated in the West with ukiyo-e prints; and reveals much about Japanese culture and tradition through printed items such as calendars, prayer slips, playful prints, games and decorative papers.
The Art of The Trigan Empire
Launched in the weekly children's magazine Ranger in 1965 and concluding in the final issue of Look and Learn in 1982, the fondly remembered British adventure strip The Trigan Empire combined genuine history with fantasy, myth and science fiction, and featured lushly painted illustrations. This sale catalogue beautifully reproduces 110 pieces of art from the Look and Learn archive, concentrating on the pages created by Don Lawrence (1928-2003), the strip's first and longest-running artist, and Ron Embleton (1930-1988).
Messages in a Bottle
Comic Book Stories by B Krigstein
Bernie Krigstein (1919-1990) is one of the most acclaimed artists in the history of American comics, lauded for his dramatic compositions and fiercely intelligent storytelling, despite leaving the field after only a decade. Here Krigstein's biographer Greg Sadowski assembles the very best of his stories, including his landmark crime and horror strips for EC Comics and work for Stan Lee's Atlas Comics, together with some of his original art, and provides historical and editorial notes - and there's not a superhero in sight.
Award-winning fashion illustrator Jason Brooks records the delights and idiosyncrasies of London and explains in captions why each subject caught his eye and imagination. Part guide book, part illustrated journal in which London's dynamic mosaic of art, food, fashion and culture bursts out of every page, this very personal view of the city will appeal to both London-lovers and fashionistas. Silk marker.
An Illustrated History of the Bizarre and Beautiful
From the cumbersome farthingdales favoured by Tudor noblewomen to glitter platform boots in the 1970s and punk cheeks pierced by safety pins, the history of fashion is filled with weird and wonderful trends. With the benefit of hindsight, these fads and fashions can be seen as absurd and sometimes downright dangerous, but gathered together here, they make for a highly entertaining survey of human folly.
Design. Fashion. Culture 1925-1940
During the 1920s and 30s, New York and Paris vied for supremacy in fashion, design, art and architecture. These 12 essays by leading French and American scholars explore the rivalry and mutual influence of the two cities in the heyday of Art Deco, and assess the role of key figures such as Josephine Baker, Salvador Dali, Paul Poiret and Helena Rubinstein. Stunningly illustrated with 250 photographs, posters and paintings, this elegant volume is as stylish as the era it celebrates.
In this book of 40 essays on illustration, the renowned art critic and illustrator Tom Lubbock (1957-2011) focuses on English artists using graphic media, the latter broadly interpreted to include not only drawings and prints, but works such as the Uffington White Horse and Harry Beck's Tube map. Lubbock's subjects range chronologically from the Bronze Age to the 1970s, but with the emphasis on the great artists of the late 18th and early 19th century: Palmer, Blake, Fuseli and Bewick.
A History of Aristocratic Fashion Icons
Among the royals of Europe there have always been fashionistas: long before Christian Louboutin, Louis XIV created a trend with red-soled shoes, Queen Victoria started the fashion for white wedding dresses, and the elegant style of Grace Kelly has been copied the world over. With over 200 photographs of aristocratic fashion leaders, Royal Style celebrates regal fashion, from the Middle Ages to the newest icons such as the couture-loving Kate Middleton and Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece.
A Series of Thirty-One Designs
One of the most influential architects and designers of the 19th-century Gothic revival, Augustus Pugin (1812-1852) describes how the designs in this source book were inspired by Gothic ornament and the medieval artists' close adherence to natural forms. Published in 1849, the book contains an introduction by Pugin and 33 colour plates, including two reproductions of his preliminary watercolours.
Famed for his strikingly original church fittings, the architect and designer Henry Wilson (1864-1934) was a key figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. This first study of his work charts his career from its beginnings as assistant to the Gothic Revival architect JD Sedding, and provides a well-illustrated survey of his output, from the monumental Elphinstone Tomb in Aberdeen to the great west doors of the Church of St John the Divine in New York.