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Alexander Girard Color Board book – December 15, 2011

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PreS-Most of the images in this square board book are from Girard's textiles and designs while a few include photographs of wooden toys and a shot from a painting. While certainly colorful and attractive, the artwork is displayed in a seemingly random order. The result is a series of examples of Girard's work rather than a continuous narrative. The rhyming text, taking many grammatical liberties, focuses on identifying some colors and objects from each picture: "red, green, and/blue stripes,/orange stripes/and more;/a few/black/birds;/i think/there/are/four?" In light of the many available color-oriented board books available, this one can be skipped.-Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

ALEXANDER GIRARD (1907-1993) was a pre-eminent mid-20th century designer whose work spanned many disciplines, including textile design,graphic design, typography, illustration, furniture design, interior design, product design, exhibit design, and architecture. He was born in New York to an American mother and French-Italian father, raised in Florence, Italy, and graduated from the Royal School of Architecture in Rome.

Girard is most well known for his bold, colorful, and iconic textile designs for Herman Miller (1952-1975). These were often featured in conjunction with furniture designs by his contemporaries Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson. In his designs for La Fonda del Sol restaurant (1960), he experimented with typography as a communication tool and large-scale environmental graphic. Textiles and Objects (1961) was a very influential New York store sponsored by Herman Miller that featured Girard's designs inspired by his travels and folk art collection. The Girard Foundation (1962) houses his own personal and extensive collection of folk art, textiles, toys, and objects from around the world. His complete environmental design for Braniff International Airways (1965) gave him the opportunity to work at all scales with color, graphics, textiles, and furniture design. He designed every aspect of the project himself, from the minute-sized sugar packets and the ticket counters to the graphic colors of the planes themselves.

Alexander Girard's playful yet sophisticated designs continue to inspire new generations of artists and designers.The breadth and scope of his work is truly remarkable. This highly anticipated tome is the first major retrospective of this very accomplished and prolific designer, and has been painstakingly edited by renowned New York-based designer Todd Oldham.

 

GLORIA FOWLER is the design director for AMMO books, and has created AMMO's growing line of kids books and products, starting with the Charley Harper series. The Alexander Girard children's line beautifully augments this series of design-centric products. The Alexander Girard Eden Giant Floor Puzzle, Memory Game, and Board Book celebrate the playful spirit of this seminal designer with a series of educational, well-designed, and affordable items for kids. Gloria is also a faculty member at Art Center College of Design.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 58 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books; Brdbk edition (December 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429775
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429778
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When this amazing and impressive volume arrived, I brewed a fresh pot of coffee, clamped on my reading glasses and prepared myself to be completely immersed in an overview of an all-time favorite designer. Like Girard himself, this book delivers on ALL levels. It assumes that the readership wants to know everything, and rewards us accordingly. With countless photographs, sketchbook details, fascinating behind-the-scenes views inside Girard's studio/s and archives, swatchboards, event posters, and interviews -- I felt like I had (finally!) taken the crash course on Girard that I have fantasized about for decades. From my first visit to La Fonda Del Sol, back in the day, to my continuing passion for the Girard Collection at the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe....I have always felt that Girard had so much to teach us about honoring all folk traditions, and using them as a springboard for new/fresh design ideas. From a production viewpoint, this book is a beautiful Object -- a volume that I believe Girard would have loved. Its hard to imagine higher
praise than that! This is a book that will inspire me for years to come.
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By B. Olson on December 11, 2011
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This is not an ordinary book on Alexander Girard. This is THE Bible ! It has amazing photos of nearly everything Girard put his hands on.
It's well worth the current discounted pricing on Amazon. For anyone who is interested in Charles Eames, George Nelson, and / or Herman Miller, Inc - this book is a must have! I only wish Girard was still alive filling the world with joy, humor, color and design.
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I have been waiting for someone to tackle the entire creative output of Alexander Girard. It has been worth the wait. This massive book details all of his work from early life in Italy to his life in Santa Fe. The pictures gloriously detail how unique and creative he was. His work spanned the decades and he mastered all styles from the 20's to the 70's. He is America's Gio Ponti(even though he too was Italian). My only critique about the book is that the captions for the photos are at the end of the book. For a book this large and heavy it was cumbersome. Also, the covers are weak so there seems to be a lot of creasing and bumping but it's an amazing book and I would say it is the best design book of 2011.
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By Solo57 on December 12, 2011
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This new book on Alexander Girard is a must for serious students of mid century design. It includes rare images of Girard, his work and environments. Meticulously researched and produced. It's an important document of a true maverick.
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Alexander Girard was arguably the greatest designer of the 20th century. His work was fun and whimsical at a time the world was heavy and scary. To just see the incredible output and range of his work is impressive , but the love of toys and design is so uplifting and positive that you can't help but smile. I grew up in a room that was decorated in one of his geometric wallpapers. I remember vividly staring at it, counting triangles and loving the color as a kid. Today I feel he has inspired in me a love of design I might never had had. This book is a treasure.
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great good kids book or coffee table book. pictures are bright with very little words. I have a two year so being able to make up a story i can remember is always good. just pointing out the colors in a funny voice is a good time.
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"Alexander Girard COLOR" designed & written by Gloria Fowler. All original artwork & designs by the late Alexander Girard himself. Published by AMMO Books. This smooth, rhythmic, rhyming book will capture the hearts of anyone. It's journey through color & fine art is nearly sing songy, in the most charming way. Any parent or child with an appreciation for art will find themselves lost in the work of Alexander Girard. This book appears to cover his work in the broadest way possible, showcasing his work in many spectrums. An absolutely delightful book that won't disappoint!
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This book is an absolute must for any designer's reference library. It covers a broad range of Girard's work, captured in beautiful photographs and high quality prints. Definitely one of my primary go-to resources for inspiration.
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