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.
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.
Designing Modern Britain
Cheryl Buckley's history of British design culture examines how design and society have interacted from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st, and explores the connected themes of modernity and identity. Among the issues discussed are the spread of international modernism in Britain, the rise of eco-conscious design, the role of galleries and retailers, the celebrity designer and the influence of the heritage industry.
A Reference Manual of Techniques
Using explanatory text, step-by-step photographs and many classic and contemporary examples, this manual explains more than 80 processes for creating lettering and applying it to surfaces. The range is huge, including calligraphy, sandblasting, tattooing, braille, neon signage, road marking and engraving, even fireworks and lettering with plants. Design and architectural professionals will find this reference invaluable, and the interested amateur will find much to intrigue and instruct.
Alexander Rodchenko (1891-1953) was a central figure in the Russian Constructivist art movement: a radical activist, a pioneer of photomontage and a theorist, re-examining the place of art in the post-Revolution, classless society. This concise, illustrated study from the Design series focuses on Rodchenko's graphic work for book jackets, posters and advertising.
A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
From the world's first postage stamp, the 1840 Penny Black, to the First Class stamp 2012, Chris West's selection of 36 stamps – 'some beautiful, some quirky, some baffling, some stained with blood' – are the inspiration for his idiosyncratic and entertaining history of Britain. Among his collection are the 1881 Penny Lilac (33 billion printed); the first decimal set (1971); and a single foreign stamp telling a story of reparations and hyperinflation: a 1923 German 200 mark stamp, overprinted 2 million.
French artist Mirka Lugosi creates a surreal fetishist dreamworld in this collection of her paintings and drawings. The pocket-sized artist's book presents 50 icon-like, fantasy pictures of unsettling mysterious locations, erotic paraphernalia and women exposing themselves. The images are accompanied by poetic texts by Marie-Laure Dagoit. Sexually explicit.
Legendary Food Brands and Their Typefaces
The McDonald's 'golden arches' logo that has become such an iconic global emblem was originally devised to reference the distinctive architecture of the early restaurants, the most recognizable feature of the growing fast food empire in the 1960s. This design history examines 23 enduring food products, including Heinz ketchup, Campbell's soup, Coca Cola and Oxo, and traces how the illustrative and typographic styles of their brand identities have developed over the years.
The Art Nouveau Poster
Bill-posting became legal in Paris in 1881. The result was an explosion of creativity that represents the golden age of poster advertising. This lavish, large format book is a global survey of the field, featuring expert commentary and more than 400 reproductions of works from artists such as William Morris, Aubrey Beardsley and Alphonse Mucha. The book is organized geographically, with additional chapters covering topics including the decorative panel and the revival of Art Nouveau in the 1960s. Off-mint.
Try It! Buy It!
Drawn from the unrivalled collection of the British Library, this collection of over 200 newspaper, magazine and poster advertisements, dating from the 1880s to the 1920s, celebrates the art and imagination of advertisers selling everything from Crane's liver pills and Scrubb's Ammonia ('try it in your bath') to ocean cruises. Among the long-forgotten embrocations and gas valves are brands that are with us still – among them, Pears' Soap, Marmite, Guinness and Bird's Custard ('makes children sturdy!').
Lee Miller in Fashion
Lee Miller is renowned as one of the 20th century's finest photojournalists, but the woman who photographed the liberation of Dachau began her career as a fashion model in 1920s New York. In the 1930s, she switched from New York to Paris and London and from model to photographer. This first study devoted to Miller's work in fashion presents an outstanding collection of her photographs for Vogue and couture houses, revealing fashion as the backbone of her extraordinarily varied career.
Colour: The Professional's Guide
Understanding, Appreciating and Mastering Colour in Art and Design
Colour has an enormous impact on our lives, not least because different colours affect our emotions in different ways. This wide-ranging and attractive book aims to provide a fully rounded education on understanding and using colour, and is full of advice, examples and inspiration. Professionals share their insights in 19 interviews, and the topics covered include colour theory, perception, trends, the use of colour in painting and photography, and its role in branding, print, packaging and interior design.
Leading 'The Simple Life'
The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain 1880–1910
This catalogue of an exhibition held at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University, Florida, in 1999–2000 features two essays: a survey of the movement in general, and an exploration of the work of the architect and artist MH Baillie Scott (1865–1945) and the Arts and Crafts interior. The catalogue concludes with a detailed checklist of each of the objects in the exhibition, many of which are accompanied by a colour photograph.
Better By Design
Shaping the British Airways Brand
In 1974 the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways merged to form British Airways, which set about building a world-leading image from the reputations of the two respected former operators. This book collects a wealth of advertising, promotional and design material from the later years of BOAC and BEA through the decades of different BA campaigns to the present day, charting how the airline's brand has developed in response to a changing aviation markets.
After a brief history of the poster in France from the late 19th century to the 1920s, this TAJ Mini Book gives short profiles of over 25 artists, including great masters of the lithographic poster such as Jules Chéret, Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha and Théophile Steinlen, and over 80 reproductions of their work.
Young British Talents Talk Business
A look at how and why in the 1990s British style and attitude influenced Parisian couture, global advertising and American pop radio, through illustrated essays by young talents such as DJ James Lavelle, photographer Corinne Day and filmmaker Isaac Julien.
The Best of LCD
The Art and Writing of WFMU
Named the best radio station in America by Rolling Stone magazine four years running, WFMU is considered the alternative radio station. The New York-area noncommercial, free-form station features programming ranging from pure rock and roll to flat-out uncategorizable strangeness such as cooking instructions, off-kilter kids' music, and spoken-wordmash-ups. 'LCD' (Lowest Common Denominator), the station's program guide begun in 1986 as a visual counterpart to WFMU's oddball programming was a wicked cocktail of satire, cultural news, alternative history, and provocative artwork that quickly gained noteriety and earned its own devoted cult following. It ceased publication in 1998 and its back issues have become treasured and valuable collector's items. Off-mint.
Los Angeles Graffiti
In the land of Hollywood, gang wars and beach bums, Los Angeles graffiti teems with the city's myriad cultural influences. From intricately tagged walls that seem to grow out of blooming roadside flower beds to spray-painted palm trees, Los Angeles Graffiti illustrates how the landscape of America's anti-city has fomented a distinct brand of graffiti, recognized the world over. Compiled by Roger Gastman, author of Freight Train Graffiti and co-founder (with Shepard Fairey) of Swindle magazine, this colorful book benefits from Gastman's long-term, intimate involvement with L.A. graffiti writers. Recruiting friends and graffiti legends, like SABER and RETNA, Los Angeles Graffiti documents the history of the unique, world-class graffiti scene that thrives in Los Angeles. In particular, the interview with L.A. graffiti luminary POWER breathes history into these photographs of work created by the famous, infamous, and anonymous.
Field Guide: How to Be a Graphic Designer
This is the first and most complete handbook for the aspiring graphic designer. Fully illustrated with both contemporary and historical references, this book provides up and coming designers with all the practical insight they need to make it in the world of graphic design.
Design for Special Events
500 of the Best Logos, Invitations and Graphics
Modeled on the format and presentation of Business Graphics, this book features a vast collection of designs for special events from around the globe. Designing for special events such as fundraisers, trade shows, and conferences is becoming commonplace for many designers as the need to compete for attendance at these events increases.
What is Fashion Design?
Essential Design Handbooks
ashion design is directional and commercial; it is at the cutting edge of design globally, while also being a talent-hungry, image-dominated, commercial industry that demands the very best of design professionals, and exposes their work to the world. Thousands try to break into this arena, but few make it to the top.
The Art and Work of Superblast
Berlin based graphic designer superblast was immersed in the world of punk rock and skateboarding when he discovered graffiti in 1990 and quickly became addicted to the energy and vitality of the street art underground. As a logical evolution of writing with spraypaint, he started a career as graphic designer in 1999. While studying graphic design, he freelanced for several urban brands, had solo and collective art shows. In 2004 he honed his skills in the beautiful craft of creating letters, by attending lessons in Fontdesign from the world-famous Luc(as) de Groot. His unique iconic style and use of color in illustrations, lettering and wall pieces lead him to projects with some of the most interesting and innovative artists and companies in his field. Most notable are his collaborations with Playstation Portable, Ecko Unltd, Volkl Skateboards, Montana Cans, and many more. Superblast has designed clothing, graphics, magazine ads, and skateboard decks. Neo Utopia The Art & Work of Superblast is a fascinating career retrospective from a
New Underground Art
Graffiti and street art have been at the heart of visual subcultures for the past thirty years. However, as time progresses the new wave of artists are moving in fresh directions. Corporate giants have been quick to jump on the graffiti bandwagon, perceiving it as a shortcut to youth culture. Even street stickers have been highjacked by the multinationals for advertising. Frustrated by wholesale corporate theft of the scene, the latest generation of street artists are employing different techniques in their work, different means of dissemination, different materials, different ways of getting their work noticed. Using the detritus of the urban environmentadvertising, fly-tipped rubbish, street signsthe new scene is subverting the streetscape in 3D to shock, educate, and entertain. This book documents the new graffiti with photographs of the work and interviews with major players around the world.
Badge Button Pin
Badges, buttons and pins have been around for over a century. Today they're everywhere: on lapels and bags all over the world and in the sketchbooks and on the screens of some of the hottest graphic designers, artists and illustrators. A badge can be a cheap and easy way to display political or cultural affiliations or it can simply be a fashion accessory. Cheap to produce and easy to make at home, the humble badge is the new T-shirt. A guide to the best and most beautiful badges being produced right now - be they graphic, textual or plain illustrative - this book explores the rich variety of uses of the badge since the year 2000 - whether it be promotion, revenue-raising or simply decorative. It will appeal to graphic designers, illustrators, fashion designers, artists, music lovers and badge enthusiasts of all ages.