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New Retro: Classic Graphics, Today’s Designs - by Brenda Dermody and Teresa Breathnach: A showcase of how principles of the past continue to add life to contemporary design, both as indirect influence and direct reference.
Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style 1920-1965 - by Richard Hollis: It’s useful to remember that Swiss design wasn’t dreamed up in a vacuum. Hollis’s work sets out to explain how the mechanical age affected the work of Bill Huber and others.
Grid Systems in Graphic Design: A Handbook for Graphic Artists, Typographers, and Exhibition Designers - by Josef Müller-Brockmann: There are grid systems and there are grid systems, but Josef Müller-Brockmann’s thorough work shows how to create beautiful design from apparently rigid forms.
Joseph Müller-Brockmann: Pioneer of Swiss Graphic Design - by Lars Muller: This is a pricey read and can be difficult to obtain (there was one copy on Amazon for around £95 when we last looked), but it’s worth hunting down if you’re serious about learning more. It’s a comprehensive survey of the Swiss designer’s work.
The New Typography - by Jan Tschichold: Written by the leading typographer in 1928 and available now through the University of California Press, this books goes beyond the superficial to explain his deeply held beliefs in how graphic design in the machine age should be executed, from type use to layout.