Designing the Modern Utopia
In the Soviet Union the years 1927 to 1933 were ones of intense industrialization and collectivization, aiming to transform old Russia into a modern, mechanized society. Designers played their part and motifs such as gears, aeroplanes and locomotives, sports and agriculture appeared in fabrics, reinforcing industrial and social ideas. This book draws on the Lloyd Cotsen fabrics collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to examine this short-lived but intriguing experiment in thematic design.
Christopher Dresser Textiles
A contemporary of William Morris and an influential member of the Aesthetic Movement, Christopher Dresser (1834–1904) took full advantage of the innovations offered by the new industrial world of the nineteenth century, and by 1870 had established the most prominent independent design practice in Britain. This highly illustrated monograph charts his life in textiles and assesses his sizeable contribution to the decorative arts tradition.
Experimental Ideas for Contemporary Lettering
Hand-drawn lettering is very much in vogue in modern graphic design. This practical guide shows how to produce colourful and contemporary effects with creative letterforms. There are clear explanations of the basic techniques of letter construction, spacing and relative proportion but the book takes a looser, more intuitive approach than traditional calligraphy, with projects and exercises that use everyday writing tools and materials rather than specialist precision equipment.
The Complete Guide to Drawing and Painting Sci-fi Art
This art manual employs both digital and traditional painting techniques to describe how to construct convincing sci-fi characters, vehicles and environments. Step-by-step project tutorials are supplemented by a section on developing coherent concepts and matching characters and architecture.
Warriors & Heroes
Tracing the origins of the genre to the American pulp magazines of the early 20th century and later science fiction adventure stories and comic books, this showcase of fantasy art celebrates some of the important illustrators in its history and presents the work of leading contemporary practitioners. With contributions from over 50 artists, different hero and warrior types are identified and techniques explored through step-by-step sequences.
100 British Chairs
Based on two significant private collections, this study of British chair design focuses on two periods: before 1750, when craftsmen created fine chairs to reflect the status of their owners; and after 1840, when designers including EW Pugin, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and John Makepeace created stylistic examples. With notes and full-page photographs, the chairs are arranged chronologically to illustrate the key developments.