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The History of Graphic Design. Vol. 2. 1960–Today

80Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
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.
Hardcover9.7 x 14.6 in.8.36 lb480 pages
“Jens Müller ambitiously traces not only the evolution of an industry, but also the arc of our aesthetics.”

“Chronicle, treasure of pictures, source of ideas—and above all, great fun.”
“Graphic design history is a cultural, political, social, and technological history. Since it is impossible to understand one without the other, this book, which looks at the legacy and heritage of graphic design, is an essential portal to our appreciation of the world’s history.”
Steven Heller
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
The History of Graphic Design. Vol. 2. 1960–Today

The History of Graphic Design. Vol. 2. 1960–Today


Visual Revolutionaries

Design game changers, from the 1960s until today

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 colorful 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.

This second volume rounds off our in-depth exploration of graphic design, spanning from the 1960s until today. About 3,500 seminal designs from across the globe guide us in this visual map through contemporary history, from the establishment of the International Style to the rise of the groundbreaking digital age. Around 80 key pieces go under the microscope in detailed analyses besides 118 biographies of the era’s most important designers, including Massimo Vignelli (New York subway wayfinding system), Otl Aicher (Lufthansa identity), Paula Scher (Citibank brand identity), Neville Brody (The Face magazine), Kashiwa Sato (Uniqlo brand identity), and Stefan Sagmeister (handwriting posters).

With his sweeping knowledge of the field, author Jens Müller curates the standout designs for each year alongside a running sequence of design milestones. Organized 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.
The author

Jens Müller was born in Koblenz, Germany, in 1982 and studied graphic design. Recipient of numerous national and international design awards, he is creative director of Vista design studio in Düsseldorf and professor of corporate design at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

The editor

Julius Wiedemann studied graphic design and marketing and was an art editor for newspapers and design magazines in Tokyo before joining TASCHEN in 2001. His titles include the Illustration Now! and Record Covers series, as well as the infographics collection and books about advertising and visual culture.

The History of Graphic Design. Vol. 2. 1960–Today
Hardcover24.6 x 37.2 cm3.79 kg480 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7037-4

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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10 Ratings

Designers needing Inspiration? This is it!

Justin,November 7, 2021
The sheer size and weight of this book is intimidating. Picking up the 8.9 pound, 10.16" x 1.97" x 15.12" inches book will get your heart racing, but the design examples from 1960 and newer will exercise your brain! Every page has some design that will get the creative juices flowing. A top notch book that is well executed and printed. A definite must have book for design enthusiasts!

Part 2

Frank,October 27, 2021
Tempting to browse and part of a 2 volume set that is memorable if not for scope and breadth alone.

Great book!

Roberta,October 27, 2021
It takes you in another crazy world full of conceptual drawings. I love that it goes through the decades showing the changes in advertising.

Very complete book

Pierre,October 27, 2021
It’s an amazing book with all the work of famous graphic designers of our time. It’s very complete and well written.

This is monumental

Ian W.,October 27, 2021
Every page is packed with absolute classics of graphic design. Such a pleasure to dip into, and as a professional resource it’s a gold-mine.