In this second volume, Jens Müller rounds off the most comprehensive exploration of graphic design to date. With around 3,500 seminal pieces and 78 landmark projects, year-by-year spreads and profiles of industry leaders, discover how graphic design shaped contemporary society from the 1960s until today, from the hippie movement to new forms of visual language. Through the turbulent passage of time, graphic design - with its vivid, neat synthesis of image and idea - has distilled the spirit of each age. Surrounding us every minute of every day, from minimalist packaging to colourful adverts, smart environmental graphics to sleek interfaces, graphic design is as much about transmitting information as it is about reflecting society’s cultural aspirations and values.
With his sweeping knowledge of the field, author Jens Müller curates the standout designs for each year alongside a running sequence of design milestones. Organised chronologically, each decade is prefaced by a succinct overview as well as a stunning visual timeline, offering a vivid display of the variety of graphic production in each decade as well as the global landscape which it at once described and defined.
This collection of important graphic works represents a long-overdue reflection on the development of a creative field constantly changing and challenging itself. These key pieces act as coordinates through contemporary history, helping us trace the sheer influence of graphic design on our daily lives.
Combined with Volume One - which spans from the field’s very beginnings until 1959 - the tomes offer the most comprehensive exploration of graphic design to date.
480 pages // Main Edition // Hardcover // 257mm x 380mm // 2018