Packing a powerful visual punch

Contemporary avant-garde graphic design

This compendium showcases the extraordinary cutting-edge work of 100 of the world’s most progressive graphic designers, from the hard-hitting political messages of Jonathan Barnbrook to the lyrical digital compositions of Peter Saville to the iconoclastic imagery of Stefan Sagmeister. Alongside the array of visually stunning and thought-provoking advertisements, CD covers, posters, packaging, websites, and corporate identities are texts by each designer expressing his or her individual approach to graphic design practice as well as personal insights into the motivations that lie behind the work. An accompanying introductory essay highlights the current issues surrounding graphic design practice, from the ascendancy of digital tools to the amorality of consumerism. By presenting a provocative survey of the latest, most experimental and forward-looking graphic design from around the globe, this exciting book provides a unique and totally unforgettable snapshot of where the discipline stands today and hopefully offers directions for its future.

Contemporary Graphic Design is absolutely essential to anyone interested in the power of images.

List of entries: 3KG, Adapter, Ames Bros, Peter Anderson, Antoine + Manuel, Philippe Apeloig, Yomar Augusto, Jonathan Barnbrook, Ruedi Baur, Nicholas Blechmann, Irma Boom, Büro Destruct, büro für form, Büro Uebele Visuelle Kommunikation, Büro Weiss, François Chalet, Leslie Chan, Counterspace, Cyan, de-construct, DED Associates, Delaware, designby frank scheikl, Dextro, Pierre di Sciullo, Dress Code, Vladimir Dubko, Daniel Eatock, Rafael Esquer, Experimental Jetset, Farrow, Fellow Designers, Flúor, Dávid Földvári, Christina Föllmer, Form, Vince Frost, FUEL, Geneviève Gauckler, Gavillet & Rust, Alexander Gelman, Gluekit, James Goggin, Francesca Granato, Fernando Gutiérrez, Hahn Smith Design, Hamansutra, He Jianping, Fons Hickmann M23, Kim Hiorthøy, Craig Holden Feinberg, Cavan Huang, Yang Huang, Rian Hughes, Angus Hyland, Ryoji Ikeda, Hideki Inaba, Inkahoots, Intro, KesselsKramer, Scott King, KM7, Christian Küsters, Zack Kyes, Lateral, Jürg Lehni, Tommy Li, Harmen Liemburg, Lust, M-A-D, M/M (Paris), Karel Martens, ME Company, Mevis & van Deursen, m-o-n-a-m-o-u-r, Maureen Mooren + Daniel van der Velden, Mutabor Design, Hideki Nakajima, Philip O’Dwyer, Aylin Önel, Martijn Oostra, Gabor Palotai, Punkt, Rinzen, Bernardo Rivavelarde, Ruiz + Company, Stefan Sagmeister, Peter Saville, Scandinavian DesignLab, Walter Schönauer, Ralph Schraivogel, Carlos Segura, Wolfgang Seidl, Spin, Vladan Srdic, Slavimir Stojanovic, Strange Attractors Design, Studio Boot, Studio FM Milano, Niko Stumpo, Suburbia, Sweden Graphics, Kam Tang, The Designers Republic, Thirst, Andrea Tinnes, Toffe, Tycoon Graphics, Jan van Toorn, Omar Vulpinari, Why Not Associates, Bruce Willen, Christopher Williams, Martin Woodtli, Yacht Associates
The editor:
Charlotte & Peter Fiell have written numerous TASCHEN books, including 1000 Chairs, Design of the 20th Century, Industrial Design A–Z, Scandinavian Design, Designing the 21st Century, Graphic Design for the 21st Century, 1000 Lights and Contemporary Graphic Design. They also edited TASCHEN’s Decorative Art series and the 12-volume domus 1928–1999.
Contemporary Graphic Design (Midi-Format)

Contemporary Graphic Design

Charlotte & Peter Fiell
Hardcover, 7.7 x 9.8 in., 560 pages
$ 39.99

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  • Reviews
"At a moment when computers and the internet have expanded the field of graphic design - and invited a multitude of new designers - compiling an anthology like this is an unenviable task. The act of looking at them is thankfully much easier. For anyone interested in design, Charlotte and Peter Fiell's Contemporary Graphic Design is a joy to leaf through, with its 560 pages of crisp, commentary-free design."
— Urbane, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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