Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design
This examination of the future of textile production looks at how technological developments and concerns about sustainability are driving the innovation of new fabrics. Through interviews with 36 designers it reveals experiments with biodegradable and waste materials; how electronic elements can enable clothing to change colour or form in response to the wearer’s movements; and advancements that will make ironing a thing of the past.
The Amazing Animal Adventure
An Around the World Spotting Expedition
This intricately illustrated volume presents information about more than 20 different world habitats and the diverse assortment of creatures that make their home there. Each double-page spread includes a list of six species to spot – from the arctic hares that inhabit the Greenland tundra and the sidewinder snakes that lurk in Death Valley to the yaks that roam the High Himalayas and the albatross that soar above the Antarctic ice shelf.
Make and Move
The twelve press-out, slot-together, moveable monsters in this collection include a vampire, werewolf, mummy and cyclops. To encourage the development of assembly skills, the designs become more complex as the book progresses and are accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions. Age 6+
From the Caddisfly’s ‘mobile residence’ to the Hummingbird’s ‘mini bedsit’ woven from plant fibres and spiders’ webs, Daniel Nassar describes 14 animal homes, with information about the animals as well as their building materials and techniques, all illustrated by the Spanish artist Julio Antonio Blasco. Age 8+
The Illustrated Story of Road Cycling
Most of the basic technology of the racing bike was in place by 1900 but, along with the fitness and tactics of riders, has been continually in development since. With over 130 specially commissioned illustrations, this stylish celebration of road cycling explores the evolution of the racing bicycle and associated kit as well as profiling the great races and the riders that have shaped the sport.
Hundreds of examples of the use of Futura and its many derivatives are illustrated in this tribute to the celebrated typeface. Reviewing the origin and history of the design, created in 1927 by Paul Renner as part of the New Frankfurt architectural project, the image and accompanying essays describe how the once radical and futuristic letterforms, based on pure geometric shapes, have become a familiar typographic standard.
An Urban Bird Watching Logbook
Each of the 50 species featured in this urban birdwatching journal is allocated a two-page-spread – the first showing a colour illustration and facts written by a leading ornithologist; the second blank squares for notes and observations. Sightings can be recorded in a separate section using the enclosed stickers. Age10+
‘Elegant, outrageous, urbane, eccentric ... provocateurs to aesthetes’: from Thierry Hermés (1801–1878) to Gareth Pugh (b.1981), this volume profiles 75 designers who have made their mark on fashion, with photographic portraits, brief accounts of their collections or couture houses, and pictures of the clothes on the catwalks or in photo shoots.
Profiling 40 fashion designers, including Missoni, Sibling and Sonia Rykiel, who use hand and machine knitting, crochet and macramé to produce garments, this illustrated volume explores both their approaches to knitwear and how they use different stitches, techniques and yarns to create their distinctive signature pieces.
This is Rembrandt
Early success made Rembrandt rich and famous in the booming Amsterdam of the 1630s but his extravagance led to penury in later life. Considered the quintessential ‘old master’ painter today, his unconventional compositions and expressive intensity were groundbreaking in his own time. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context.
This Is Goya
Goya’s life as court painter was turned upside down by Napoleon’s invasion of Spain in 1808 and the artist responded with his drawings, The Disasters of War, employing an expressive and personal approach that would inspire artists of the next generation and beyond. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context
This is Gauguin
After a brief spell in Peru as an infant, Paul Gauguin’s life is characterized by his travel to different parts of France and its colonies. The Breton peasants and indigenous Tahitians he encountered became a major influence on his work. This succinct biography includes reproductions of key paintings as well as newly commissioned illustrations that place the artist in his historical and social context.
Renaissance Art in Venice
From Tradition to Individualism
Tom Nichols describes how the traditional Venetian preference for anonymity and collaboration was challenged by Renaissance ideas, and how new values placed on innovation and individual expression gave painters, sculptors and architects a licence for artistic invention. In discussions of work by artists including Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian and Tintoretto, Nichols looks at how they transformed the older conventions of Venetian art and developed a new, personalized approach to technique and iconography.
The Remarkable Case of Dr Ward
& Other Amazing Gardening Innovations
Many fundamentals of the gardening lexicon – from topiary and water features to the lawnmower and Dr Ward’s ground-breaking prototype terrarium – were once novelties, the result of aesthetic or technological innovation. This miscellany, illustrated with black-and-white line drawings by Dave Hopkins, celebrates fifty horticultural inventions and trends and considers how they have shaped the way in which we engage with our gardens today.
Modern Scandinavian Design
This extensively researched, highly illustrated guide to the everyday design traditions of the Nordic countries since 1925, an aesthetic which is broadly underpinned by a shared belief in social equality, ranges from decorative pieces to lighting, furniture and architecture. The authors explore the influences that characterize each country's contrasting output, such as the Danish philosophy of Hygge, the Finnish preference for functionality, the ethical approach favoured by Sweden and the rich folk heritage of Norway.
A Labyrinthine Compendium
Combining specially commissioned drawings and a short history of each maze, this book allows the reader to trace a route through 60 of the world’s most beguiling life-size puzzles. Both real and imagined, they range from the Nazca Lines of Peru and Roman mosaics in Portugal and Pompeii to the Winchester labyrinth, supposedly constructed by a melancholy schoolboy, and the walls of yew around which an axe-wielding Jack Nicholson lumbers in Kubrick’s The Shining.
Making the Americas Modern
Hemispheric Art, 1910–1960
Edward J Sullivan’s unconventional study, comprising ‘eight histories of visuality’, examines the ways in which art in the Americas was modernized in the period between two major exhibitions that heralded changes in the way artists created and marketed their work: the Armory Show in New York, 1913, and the first Bienal de S?o Paulo in 1951. Part of the Global Perspectives series.
London in the Company of Painters
London has fascinated painters for centuries, and central to that appeal has been the Thames. The 158 paintings in this book follow the river from Whistler’s Chelsea in the west to Turner’s Greenwich in the east, accompanied by an introductory text for each area and extensive captions giving historical context. Along the way are Monet’s Houses of Parliament, Lowry’s Piccadilly Circus, and St Paul’s, depicted both in 18th-century splendour by Canaletto and amid the ruins of the Blitz by David Bomberg.
Italian Renaissance Courts
Art, Pleasure and Power
In an authoritative study, illustrated with over 150 colour reproductions, Alison Cole goes beyond the famous centres of Renaissance culture – Florence, Rome and Venice – to explore the splendid and distinctive uses of art and the commissioning of artists at five great secular courts: Naples under Alfonso of Aragon; Urbino under Frederico de Montefeltro; the small principality of Ferrara, ruled by the Este family; the Gonzaga family’s Mantua; and Milan and Pavia under Ludovico Sforza.
The History of Modern Fashion
Framing changing styles in womenswear, menswear and childrenswear since 1850 as a phenomenon closely intertwined with other cultural forms, such as the performing arts, each chapter of this reference book begins with a concise summary of the political and social changes that took place during the decade under consideration. Illustrated with more than 600 images drawn from museum costume collections and the fashion press, it offers insights into the clothes worn both by icons and ordinary people.
Art of the Northern Renaissance
Courts, Commerce and Devotion
Stephanie Porras’s well-illustrated study examines how art in the Low Countries, France, England and Germany responded to rapid political, economic, social and religious changes and the rise of the urban merchant class in the Renaissance period. The work of artists including Van Eyck, Dürer, Holbein and Bosch is discussed in chapters on themes arranged chronologically, from works of art as courtly and devotional gifts in c.1380–1420, to paintings as commodities in the art market of c.1540–60.
Art of Renaissance Rome
Artists and Patrons in the Eternal City
Intended as an introduction to the art of Renaissance Rome, this narrative history is structured chronologically, from around 1300 to 1600, and describes the monuments, artists and patrons that were regarded by their contemporaries as the most important. Michelangelo and Raphael are among the dominant figures in this story, and works such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos and Raphael’s School of Athens in the Vatican Palace remain some of the most celebrated in Renaissance art.
Icons of Women's Style
Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress, Chrissy Hynde’s leather jacket, Grace Kelly’s bikini…this visual history explores how a simple design idea can become an iconic style. Covering over 80 years of fashion, each chapter features a specific type of clothing made famous by a movie actress, supermodel, pop star or princess. Item by item, the book reveals the most influential garments and accessories, and examines their effect on the way women dress today.
20 Iconic Film Posters
Film director Otto Preminger gave Saul Bass his break in movies, allowing the designer to carry through his ideas of creating a unified graphic identity for a film, removing sensationalist illustrations and images of the stars. This book reproduces 20 of his classic poster designs, from Vertigo and Spartacus to The Shining. The reproductions are printed on heavy board and sized to fit 12 x 16 inch (305 x 406mm) frames.
The Modern Magazine
Visual Journalism in the Digital Era
Digital technology has had a profound effect on magazine publishing, reducing large circulations but making it easier to manipulate text and images, and cheaper than ever to print small quantities. This review of developments in magazine design in the 21st century includes hundreds of example pages from a wide spectrum of publications from mainstream titles to the many new independent magazines that have emerged in recent years.
Icons of Style
Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Françoise Hardy and Debbie Harry are among 20 women – film stars, models, musicians and a president’s wife – who have turned heads and set trends. Their portraits are reproduced in black and white or colour in this set of good quality, semi-matt postcards, presented in a pink paper wallet.
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.
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.
The Moving Metropolis
A History of London's Transport Since 1800
From horse-drawn trams and the opening of the first passenger railway in 1836, to the UK's first urban cable car, this engrossing volume traces the history of the transport systems that have made a vital contribution to the development of London. With informative texts and hundreds of captioned artworks and photographs, the book covers topics such as transport during wartime, the challenge of the motor car and architectural design as well as the trams, trains and buses that have kept London moving since 1800.
A Logo for London
The London Transport Bar and Circle
Since its first appearance on London Underground platforms in 1908, the 'bulls-eye', as it was then known, has become an instantly recognizable symbol for London. Designed by a team that included Edward Johnston, the bar and circle was originally red and blue with white lettering, but has proved amazingly adaptable. This richly illustrated book tells its story from drawing board to the London Olympics 2012, and surveys the best of the multitude of adaptations, including paintings, wartime posters, bus stops and souvenirs.