Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Top ten graphic design books

Patrick Cramsie is a graphic designer whose work has centered on corporate identity and book design.

It was while reviewing books for the Times Literary Supplement in London that he felt the need to have a comprehensive history of graphic design that also served as a introduction to the subject. The result is his new book, The Story of Graphic Design: From the Invention of Writing to the Birth of Digital Design.

For the Guardian he named a top ten list of graphic design books.

One title on the list:
The Passport by Saul Steinberg

I could have chosen any number of Steinberg's books, but this is the first one I owned and so it's the first I fell in love with. Steinberg was best known as a cartoonist for the New Yorker – his New Yorker's view of the world showing Ninth and Tenth Avenues in the foreground, a strip of the Hudson River and New Jersey in the middle distance, and then a few rocky outcrops marking China, Russia and Japan will ring a bell with some – but actually he was a truly great artist. Has anybody explored the ideas surrounding individual identity with as much graphic skill, humour and intelligence?
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue