Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspiration in Modern Graphic Design

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Rockport Publishers, Mar 1, 2009 - Design - 208 pages
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Anatomy of Design dissects fifty examples of graphic design piece by piece, revealing an array of influences and inspirations. These pieces represent contemporary artifacts that are well conceived, finely crafted, and filled with hidden treasures. Some are overtly complex. Others are so simple that it is hard to believe there’s a storehouse of inspiration hidden underneath. The selections include all kinds of design work including posters, packages, and more. Each exhibit is selected for its ubiquity, thematic import, and aesthetic significance, and every page shows how great work is derived from various inspirational and physical sources, some well-known, some unknown. Each design is presented on a gate-fold showing the featured design and and other works that share the key influences with extended captions explaining the whys and wherefores.

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User Review  - Katya0133 - LibraryThing

A fascinating look at various elements of design as employed over the years. Focuses mostly on recent graphic design, but also includes some older, iconic works. Not so much a graphic design primer as a series of case studies. Read full review

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

A really nice sorting of design ideas with especially fantastic examples. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Steven Heller is the art director of the NY Times Book Review and co-chair of the MFA Design program at the School of Visual Arts. He is the editor of the AIGA online journal, VOICE. He is a contributing editor to PRINT, EYE, Baseline, and ID.

Mirko Ilic´ is proprietor of Mirko Ilic´ Corp., a New York based design firm. He is an illustrator and pioneer of digital imagery. His work has been honored in all the major exhibitions. He is co-author of Genius Moves and Handwritten. He is also co-author of The Design of Dissent.

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