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This second volume rounds off the most comprehensive exploration of graphic design to date, running from the 1960s until today. Some 3,500 seminal designs from around the globe guide us in a visual map through contemporary history, from the establishment of the International Style to the rise of the groundbreaking digital age. Around 80 key examples go under the microscope in detailed analyses, supported by 118 biographies of the era's most important designers, including Massimo Vignelli, Otl Aicher, Shin Matsunaga, Paula Scher, Neville Brody, and Stefan Sagmeister. Author Jens Müller curates the standout designs of each year alongside a running sequence of design milestones. This staggering collection is a long-overdue recognition of the enormous contribution graphic design has made to the way we see the world.

 

I've been getting into Italian design from the 60s and 70s... the 'personal containers' are really nice. I would love to make a personal wfm desk container for now.

During his short but highly productive career, Joe Colombo (1930-1971) became one of the most inventive stars of Italian design. His work was consistently brilliant and always formally "right," displaying the ingenuity and technical finish that has made his name synonymous with the "sixties style" that became known worldwide. This book documents in sketches, drawings, photographs, models, and prototypes Colombo's main projects. It also contains a complete catalogue of his works. Vittorio Fagone places Colombo in the context of European design and Ignazia Favata offers an intriguing portrait of this complex man.

 

 

Next is a monograph about the history of Herman Miller. The Summer Posters from the 70s are great and I learned that the co-designer of the Aeron Chair is from Minnesota (where I grew up) and worked in Winona close to where my father grew up in southern Minnesota. I can’t get enough of the Action Office and this history is what the people at Industrial Facility looked at dating back to the 60s to come up with their OE1 “non-system” of collaborative furniture for Herman Miller.

For more than 100 years, Michigan-based Herman Miller has played a central role in the evolution of modern and contemporary design, producing timeless classics while creating a culture that has had a remarkable impact on the development of the design world. Ten chapters and thousands of illustrations tell the Herman Miller story as never before, documenting its defining moments and key leaders – making Herman Miller: A Way of Living an indispensable addition to the bookshelves of design-lovers around the globe.

  

First, a monograph about Industrial Facility. I love their work for Herman Miller, the OE1 "non-system" is great. The interviews and lectures are especially good. 

Since establishing Industrial Facility in 2002, Sam Hecht and Kim Colin have worked together to form one of the most progressive studios in industrial design. With a roster of pioneering clients, including Muji, Herman Miller, Emeco, Mattiazzi and Wästberg, they are highly regarded for both their philosophical and pragmatic approach. Industrial Facility is the first book to document the studio's complete body of work, from furniture, lighting and kitchen equipment, to digital and electronic products, exhibitions and special commissions. At its centre is a carefully orchestrated visual narrative featuring the designers' most notable products, depicted in stunning detail by photographer Angela Moore. Candid conversations between key collaborators and curators, including Bruce Mau, Naoto Fukasawa and Deyan Sudjic, are interspersed throughout, while a set of detailed project notes and selected personal writings on design shift the focus from the visual to the theoretical - further developing the narrative and helping to demystify Hecht and Colin's creative process. Also included is an insightful essay by design philosopher Peter Kapos, which considers how Industrial Facility's output contributes to our everyday lives, culture and identity. The book concludes with a complete catalogue of works, showcasing over 200 projects, charting the scale and evolution of the studio's designs, from the diminutive to the architectural. Designed by Graphic Thought Facility, this compelling monograph perfectly embodies Hecht and Colin's unique clarity of vision and unveils a deep design thinking that extends far beyond the profession.