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Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design Paperback – September 9, 2013
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"A book every designer should have on their desk. This compact edition profiles the pioneering graphic designers of the modern era in a succinct and straightforward manner, by distilling the information down to the essentials and featuring tons of large, colorful images of their work. It will satisfy the curiosity of students, seasoned designers, and design enthusiasts alike." --Design Work Life
"An easy to devour primer on design history, Graphic Icons serves as a 'leg-up' into the broad and exhaustive field of design history, and is a relaxed, welcoming source of inspiration and a lead to other, more in-depth sources. Whilst John does provide historical context, first and foremost Graphic Icons is about the people who defined it - Rodchenko, Lissitzky, Tschichold, Lubalin, Glaser, Sagmeister, Bass... This is simply an easy-to-pick-up, easy-to-read, well-designed book about graphic design and graphic designers...that deserves a spot on your bookshelf." --Book Design Blog
One of the Best Design Books of 2014
"Get up off your grid, and look at this book packed with inspiration and information about the pioneers and radicals and experimenters who broke the rules of design even before they were proofread. Graphic Icons offers colorful and painless lessons in design history, and sparks insights into the social context and intrigue that were the stage on which this brilliance flared." --Stephen Doyle, Creative Director, Doyle Partners
"Graphic Icons is a book that probably everyone assumed already existed but didn’t. We owe a debt of gratitude to graphic designer John Clifford for making sure it does. What a labor of love: Clifford’s reverence for the greats of the profession is apparent on every gorgeous page of the book. Sure to become required reading for any graphic design student (but also ideal for the coffee table), Graphic Icons is 240 pages of pure inspiration. The book includes most of the designers you’d expect: Lissitsky to Lustig, Lois to Landor. But despite that sense of recognition on nearly every page it’s just amazing how fresh all the work feels. In fact, there is so much terrific visual (and written) information here that my only complaint is that the book isn’t much, much longer." --Allison Arieff, Book Board Member, Designers and Books
“Simple and straight-forward. I really like the clarity of the presentation, and the list is first-rate.” --Tom Geismar, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
"Wonderful! It's a concise overview, and the selection of images is well considered." --Rudy VanderLans, Emigre
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Beautifully designed. Contains great recommendations for further exploration. Concise and thoughtful writing that is considerably more personable than a text book.
Highly recommended. After purchasing a copy for myself, I have picked up a few extras for gifts.
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It's a very good survey book, and covers 50 designers from the early modern period circa 1914 up to the digital era. Read morePublished 5 months ago by southsidelaxman
A really fine way to organize the major highlights in the personalities that make up graphic design. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by Rachel Mona Syme
Whether you're a professional graphic designer or an armchair aficionado of great visual communication, Graphic Icons is essential reading material. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by sandra shuhert