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As twenty-first-century design concerns seem to center increasingly on the depiction as well as the use of technology, this new graphic design book, copiously illustrated and thoughtfully written, provides a comprehensive overview of modernism as applied to American graphics and a look at the explosion of creativity ushered in via digital design.

From Vogue to the Playboy bunny and Show Magazine, Remington and Bodenstedt's energetic and insightful survey covers 40 critical years in American design history, starting with the emergence of the modernist movement in the 1920s, in terms of the enormous, pervasive, and ever-evolving influence of the European avant-garde on advertising, magazine design, posters, and other media. Whitney Scott
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R. Roger Remington is professor of graphic design at Rochester Institute of Technology. His previous books include Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design (1992) and Lester Beall: Trailblazer of American Graphic Design (1996).

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300098162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300098167
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #914,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on December 12, 2003
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Roger Remington has written a fascinating survey of American graphic design and I enjoyed looking at the dozens of illustrations especially those from the late fifties onwards when I was familiar with the work of so many American designers. The work of Otto Storch on McCall's, Lou Dorfsman at CBS and naturally the typography of Herb Lubalin was a strong influence on my work as a publication designer.

The author writes about the development of Modernism in Europe and how it spread to the US with the arrival of many European graphic designers escaping the oppression in Europe during the Thirties. In America they found a receptive country open to new ways of designing for print, which flowered, with the explosion of creativity in the Fifties and Sixties. On page 179 there is a list of many great designers, whose work is the basis of this book, who have died and Remington rightly says that their absence denies emerging young designers creative role models.

The design of the book is first-class (a tip of the hat to Brad Yendle) the images are well selected with a good mix of posters, advertisements, corporate graphics, magazine covers and logos. I would have preferred to see more magazine spreads and at least one example of the amazing 'Upper & Lower Case' publication. All the illustrations have good long explanatory captions.

If you are involved with commercial graphic design and want to learn about its history in America this book can't be beat. I mentioned earlier two designers whose work I love and the following two books are well worth searching out, 'Dorfsman & CBS' by Dick Hess and Marion Muller, 'Herb Lubalin' by Gertrude Snyder and Alan Peckolick. The book that really got me interested in expressive typography and I still think is valid in this digital age is 'Typography' by Aaron Burns, published in 1961.

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By Sancho Maximus on April 27, 2013
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It's a helpful summation of American Modernism, but there were a few errors (a couple wrong dates and definitions). I didn't feel like a complete picture of American Modernism, as the focus was on only a handful of names in the industry. It was what the author felt was important, and you need to remember going that when reading this book.

It was very informative and I'm glad to have read it!
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By KDeak on August 28, 2012
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Just that -- a (good short) survey -- introducing high points of design and its changes in the 20th Century. As a part of the American story, it should be introduced to younger generations. correlating with the rest of American history.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By julian echeverry on March 11, 2012
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The book arrived in perfect conditions and perfect time!, I didn't think that I' didn't get this book
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