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Bibliographic: 100 Classic Graphic Design Books Hardcover – August 26, 2009

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Jason Godfrey, director of Godfrey Design, London, studied at the Royal College of Art before pursuing a career in print and digital media in London, New York, and Austin, Texas. His work has been shown in the annuals of D&AD and the New York Type Directors Club.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; First Edition edition (August 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856695921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856695923
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last the graphics crowd get their turn with a hundred best books. As with all 'best of' this is a visually subjective showing but I thought amazingly comprehensive and I doubt that anyone who calls themselves a design professional would not own a few of these titles. The chapters follow an interesting sequence: Typography; Sourcebooks; Instructional; Histories; Anthologies and finally Monographs. Within each chapter the books are shown in date publishing order.

Many of the standard graphic design and typo titles are obviously here but it definitely is a subjective list because a 1970s Letraset type transfer catalog is included, not strictly a book with an ISBN but back then these catalogs were eagerly awaited in the UK. A couple of quirky additions are the 'Old Advertising Cuts from A-Z', basically a 1989 paper sample book from French Paper (I always found it annoying to use because the pages were so thick) and the amazing 1989, Stockholm published 'Carouschka's Tickets'. A huge eight by thirteen inches book with 394 pages full of tickets from around the world.

The format presents each book over two pages with title and publisher details plus some quite comprehensive copy in one column with the four or five inside spreads and the cover filling up the rest of the space. Printed on good matt art with a two hundred screen this is a book worth looking at. The book spreads are big enough to keep anyone interested in the detail.

There are, though, a couple of whimsical design features: each book title and publisher details are set in a sans face with the x height sitting on fifteen deep cyan rules and likewise with the list of eighteen designers' favorite books (scattered through the pages) this text is turned sideways on the page and sits on red rules.
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