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German Modern: Graphic Design from Wilhelm to Weimar (Art Deco Design) Paperback – September 1, 1998

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From: Bloomsbury Review

Steven Heller and Louise Fili continue their wonderful sense of graphic design sourcebooks with German Modern. Concentrating on the period 1908-1929, the authors bring us a delightful array of posters and ads that concisely illustrate the innovative styles and visual treatments of the many German commercial artists who produced work that stepped outside what we usually think of as Art Deco. Divided into subject chapters of Industry, Culture, Travel, Transportation, Sundries, Food and Drink, Tobacco, Commercial Art, and Typography, the book also contains a seldom-seen look at the German Notgeld, or emergency scrip, which took the place of the unstable mark as the country suffered under the immense debt of World War 1. From the Sachpakat (object posters) of Lucien Bemhard to the Neue Typographische work of Paul Wendisch and Max Bittrof, this enjoyable collection brings back to permanence another group of ephemera that retain their impact as art symbols and influences."

About the Author

Steven Heller is the art director of the New York Times Book Review. He is the author of over ninety books on graphic design, popular art, and satiric art. He lives in New York City.

Louise Fili is principal of Louise Fili Ltd., and the recipient of numerous design awards. She lives in New York City.


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Product Details

  • Series: Art Deco Design
  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811818195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811818193
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Mitty on July 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I really enjoy this book. I find myself looking at it a lot.
There sure was some great design during this time period. This book captures examples of some of the best.
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