'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).