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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594742928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594742927
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ennis Carter is the founder and director of Design for Social Impact in Philadelphia. Established in 1996, Design for Social Impact is among the first and foremost graphic design workshops devoted exclusively to promoting public-interest issues. Carter is also the driving force behind the WPA Living Archive, an online public project begun in 2002 to preserve the legacy of posters the U.S. government produced between 1935 and 1943 to promote New Deal programs and civic issues. Christopher DeNoon is the author of Posters of the WPA (Wheatley Press, 1987). DeNoon is the leading expert on the history of the Federal Art Project’s WPA Poster Division and its graphic output. He is co-owner of Fibula Studios, a design and production studio of handcrafted jewelry, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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This is a book I checked out from the library and continued to check out because the WPA art is great.
J. WILLIAMS
The book's production is first class with good paper and printed with a 175 screen and nicely all the posters have a drop shadow which lifts them off the page.
Robin Benson
It provides a nice link historicaly between Art Deco and the silkscreen posters of the 1960's 1970's rock era.
B. Darling

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Darling on October 22, 2008
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This is a great compilation of WPA posters. It provides a nice link historicaly between Art Deco and the silkscreen posters of the 1960's 1970's rock era. I was pleased to see some woodcut examples as well. Anyone with an interest in graphic design, modern art history, and the interaction of art and social/civic issues should buy this book. Posters for the People: The Art of the WPA

Ben Darling
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on April 4, 2009
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A timely publication to tie in with the seventy-fifth anniversary of the New Deal and it's a worthwhile addition to the only other book on the subject: Christopher DeNoon's Posters of the WPA.

Ennis Carter has edited a lovely book of almost five hundred posters, divided into twelve sections. Though there were thousands produced the selection here will give you a good idea about the style and themes. Having looked through the book several times I feel there a couple creative styles shown in the posters: the solid color modernist ones with their angled headlines in geometric type promoting industry and the more whimsical folksy ones for art shows and plays. All of them reflect what is possible with the cheap silkscreen process so there is an absence of photos or anything that required a graduated tone. Fortunately the technique more or less makes artists and designers go for something simple and direct using two or three colors.

Most of the posters use silkscreen though I was surprised to see some that were captioned as `Hand painted on board', surely there weren't many produced like this. The cultural event ones had to present a lot of type detail for name of the event, players, location and ticket prices whereas the ones that could be called propaganda presented a straightforward message: Careless talk costs lives!

The book's production is first class with good paper and printed with a 175 screen and nicely all the posters have a drop shadow which lifts them off the page.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Mountain on February 19, 2009
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This is a wonderful book. The reproductions are well printed and give you a feel for the silk screen process that was used for printing most of the original posters. The large format allows the reader to better visualize the posters and to imagin how they may have made an impact on their first readers.
I have access to Posters of the WPA by Christopher Denoon at the Denver Public Library. I will probably buy this book in the near future since it also is a well made and comprehensive book. However, I believe the Posters for the People surpasses it because of its larger format and its inclusion of many more posters.
These posters were propaganda for the New Deal FDR was spearheading. But the patriotism expressed by the posters is in not the "Uncle Sam Wants You!" style. Instead, their appeal is domestic, industrial, often rural, cultural (mostly Anglo). frequently moralistic and low key. Their core message is this: By working together in a time of national crisis (c.1929 -1939), we can improve our common good.
Maybe we should try this in 2009.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david lincoln brooks on September 3, 2013
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Every modern graphic designer simply owes it to him/herself to study the great posters from America's WPA chapter of the 1930's and 40's. Influenced by Art Deco and German Plakat-style, these are gorgeous, precisely composed public service announcements on many subjects, whose novel colors and stylized geometry still look wonderfully hip, spare and lean. One suspects that these posters might be even more impressive than the very events they announced. Lovers of Art Deco, Moderne, Streamline, Midcentury aesthetics simply must have this very complete and authoritative book. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric R on February 17, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my wife and she really enjoyed it. The layout is very simple and modern, focusing more on the posters than any extraneous information or explanation. And it is full of beautiful art.
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