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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714843490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714843490
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,329,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'one of graphic design's most influential figures ... a fitting tribute to the father of the grid.' Creative Review 'Studies like Purcell's are the rarest of all design books. ... a long, continuous, engagingly written account of Muller-Brockmann's entire career. There have been a handful of graphic desgn books like this in the last decade ... Knowing about Muller-Brockmann [...] is part of being a well-educated, historically aware designer.' Design Week 'not only introduces us to many of his works [...] but engages with another set of questions: those of influences, of the social and political environment(s) of the time ... a great book' Grafik 'One of the most significant voices of twentieth-century graphic design, [ ... ] Muller-Brockmann is perhaps best known as graphic design's leading proponent of the grid. ... with a combination of final design images, sketches, production drawings and unused design drafts from Muller-Brockmann's archive, all with detailed captions, this book provides a complete visual understanding of this prolific designer's oeuvre.' Ampersand (D&AD members magazine) 'well-researched ... provide[s] a historical and professional context, in addition to broadening Muller-Brockmann's own self-abridged personal and creative narrative. ... it is illuminating to find rarely seen illustration, exhibition and set design works. ... Muller-Brockmann's achievement: a defensible claim to be the twentieth-century's most influential visual artist.' Eye (The International Review of Graphic Design)

About the Author

Kerry William Purcell is a writer, lecturer, and design historian. His work has appeared in such magazines as Baseline and Eye. His previous books for Phaidon include Alexey Brodovitch (2002) and Weegee (2004).

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on June 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Muller-Brockmann is rightly regarded as one of the leaders of the Swiss school of graphic design which had a huge influence on other designers, especially in Europe but also in North America and Kerry Purcell has written, what will probably be considered, the definitive biography.

Large in size and published by Phaidon I was expecting something that would put his work in context and in particular I wanted to see extensive examples of this creative output which I had seen in many other books and magazines but being able to see them all in one place would be fascinating.

I found the book disappointing though, both in the editorial and production. There are too many pages devoted to his early life, upbringing, paintings and especially graphic design up to the fifties and Muller-Brockman (when he was thirty-five) considers much of this work mediocre. I think his output really only becomes interesting from the early fifties onwards with a series of stunning concert posters and the sort of work shown in New Graphic Design magazine. Issue seven had a long (thirty-seven pages) article he wrote called `A Training System for the Graphic Designer' and I would have expected to see more than just the one spread from this article shown on page 149 of the book. The covers to four of his books are shown but not spreads from inside, the distinctive brochure work for Rosenthal ceramics has too few examples to really convey the beauty of the work he did for them. The concert posters, fortunately displayed large, do look a treat, though here it might have been useful for readers to have seen more than just the one grid Muller-Brockmann created for them.

My other disappointment is with the book's production and perhaps not surprisingly so.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Brown on June 8, 2007
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Not only is this book an informative view at Josef Muller-Brockmann, it's beautiful enough to display. We've really enjoyed the series, including OTl Aicher, Max Huber. Because they're all the same size and thickness, we display them together. Phaidon does it right.
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