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)

Mirko Ilic is founder of Mirko Ilic Corp., in New York City. He has received medals from Society of Illustrators, Society of Publication Designers, Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, and Society of Newspaper Design. Ilic is co-author of The Anatomy of Design with Steven Heller and co-author of The Design of Dissent with Milton Glaser. http://www.mirkoilic.com

For 33 years, Steven Heller was an art director at the New York Times, originally on the OpEd Page, and for almost 30 of those years with the New York Times Book Review. Currently, he is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department, Special Consultant to the President of SVA for New Programs, and writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review. He was the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum's 2011 Design Mind Award. He writes frequently for Metropolis and other design magazines, and is author, co-author, and editor of over 100 books on design and popular culture. He also writes The Daily Heller blog (imprint.printmag.com/daily-heller). He lives in New York City. Visit him online at www.hellerbooks.com.

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