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Illustration: A Visual History Hardcover – November 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; First Edition edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972841
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Heller is one of the world’s leading authorities on graphic design. He is an author, art director, educator, and editor, with an remarkable record of accomplishments in all of these fields.

 

Seymour Chwast is a graphic designer, illustrator, author, and co-founder of Push Pin Studios, one of the most influential design firms of the postwar years.


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Steven Heller, author and editor of over 130 books on graphic design, satiric art and popular culture, is the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is also co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism, MFA in Interaction Design, MFA Social Documentary Film and MPS Branding programs. Although he does not hold an undergraduate or graduate degree he has devoted much of his career to fostering design education venues, opportunities and environments.

On the editorial side, for over 40 years he has been an art director for various underground and mainstream periodicals. For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times (28 of them as senior art director New York Times Book Review). He currently writes the "Visuals" column for the Book Review and "Graphic Content" for the T-Style/The Moment blog (http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/author/steven-heller/). He is editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design, a contributing editor to Print, EYE, and Baseline, and a frequent contributor to Metropolis and ID magazines. He contributes regularly to Design Observer and writes the DAILY HELLER blog for Print Magazine (http://blog.printmag.com/dailyheller/). His 135 books include "Design Literacy, " "Paul Rand," "Graphic Style" (with Seymour Chwast), "Stylepedia" (with Louise Fili), "The Design Entrepreneur" and "Design School Confidential" (both with Lita Talarico), "Iron Fists: Branding the Twentieth Century Totalitarian State", and the most recent, "Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig."

He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement. His website is www.hellerbooks.com and his blog, The Daily Heller sponsored by Print magazine is http://imprint.printmag.com/daily-heller/

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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Professor Emeritus P. Bagnolo VINE VOICE on October 10, 2009
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Illustration, A Visual History, is the title; a title the book certainly is not for those who love the art of Illustration.
I usually practice due diligence with art books, before buying. Unfortunately, in this case, I did not. I do not buy art books to read the narrative, though I often do read it. In this case, the choices of illustration displayed were the major disappointment. I gave it one star because there was no lower choice.

The examples were those of weak art, and missing was the greatest illustrators and later some of great fine artists of the world. Where is the Brit/Welsh, or Sir Francis (Frank) Brangwyn, or Dean Cornwell, and Norman Rockwell? And where are: JC Leyendecker, NC Wyeth, James Montgomery Flagg, Jesse Wilcox, Charles Dana Gibson, Maxfield Parrish, Frank Frazetta, Harvy Dunn and the Brandy Wine Artists? Where are LaGatta, Thomas Blacksear, Mortimer Wilson, Jon Whitcome, WD Barlowe, Dan Content, , Charles de Feo, Walt Everett, J R Flanagan, Saul Tepper, Pruett Carter, Ralph Pallen ColemanMario Cooper, George E Giguere, Mead Schaeffer, Ann Meisel, D, M. Luzak, Francis Livingston, Al Parker, John Pike, Walt Biggs, , John Scott Willims, Frank E. Schoonover, J Clement Cole, Kay Nielsen , WJ Alward, Albert Beck Wenzell, Eric Pape, Jules Guerin, and Tom Lovell?

Moreover, where are Hodges Soileau, Victor Livoti, Jeff Jones, Brom, Mark English, Howard Terpning, whose newest art sells for Hundreds of Thousands to upwards of $1.5 million? Where are Christopher Fox Payne, Bernie Fuchs, Von Schmidt, Lyman Anderson. Harry Anderson, The ever great-Haddon Sundblum, and where the Hell is R G. Harris, and James Gurney? There is but one black and white pen and ink drawing by Howard Pyle, and a small reproduction of an illustration by J. C.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Synaesthete on December 7, 2011
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This book starts at the earliest cave paintings and gives a satisfyingly broad overview and summation of the significant periods in the history of illustration.. . . .
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brittany R. Roden on July 18, 2011
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This book is a good guide to past and present illustration. It gives a description and pictures of the different types of styles and I found it very helpful to help me follow along in class.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jean Trout on February 23, 2012
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I received "Illustration: A Visual History" to give as a gift. Unfortunately, I gave it without inspecting it and when it was opened, it was discovered that the spine was broken. I sent the book back and asked for a replacement. The replacement finally came and again the spine was broken. I notified Amazon, sent the book back asking for another replacement and received a notice that my credit card account was being credited with the price of the book. This was not what I asked for, and I still haven't been able to resolve this situation with the person to whom I was giving the book. The only reason for one star is the speed with which the book came originally and subsequently when it was replaced.
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