Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture

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Graphic Design shapes the meaning and impact of all we see and read. Mixing Messages traces how both the aesthetic value and overall pervasiveness of graphic design have changed over the past fifteen years. In this period, technological innovation and, especially, the rise of the personal computer have drastically altered graphic design practice, triggering explosions of creativity in all forms of visual communication. From the independent producer operating out of the home to the publishing conglomerate, a more ...
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Overview

Graphic Design shapes the meaning and impact of all we see and read. Mixing Messages traces how both the aesthetic value and overall pervasiveness of graphic design have changed over the past fifteen years. In this period, technological innovation and, especially, the rise of the personal computer have drastically altered graphic design practice, triggering explosions of creativity in all forms of visual communication. From the independent producer operating out of the home to the publishing conglomerate, a more diverse design community is creating the images that affect us every day.

From the printed page to the Internet, typefaces, colors, logos, and images transmit information and ideas, generating a literacy of the eye that affects us every day. In this important new book, a critical text accompanied by over 300 color illustrations explores the aesthetic, cultural, and technological issues that are shaping the future of graphic design. Featured is work by numerous designers, including Charles S. Anderson, Fabien Baron, Art Chantry, Stephen Doyle, Edward Fella, Tobias Frere-Jones, Dan Friedman, April Greiman, Jonathan Hoefler, Tibor Kalman, Zuzana Licko, Katherine McCoy, Paula Scher, and such global design offices as Landor Associates, Lippincott & Margulies, and Siegel & Gale. From this diverse array of practices, Mixing Messages constructs a rich picture of graphic design today.

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Every library contains myriad books documenting the impact of technology in the emerging information age and the parallel evolution of a media-saturated culture over the last two decades. But even as pundits so often discuss the increasing centrality of image and form in our world, too few works exist that either document the recent changes in the field of design or analyze the ubiquity of visual expression. Integrating both these goals successfully, as this catalog to an exhibition at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum does, is a feat worthy of attention. Lupton, curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt and author of Design Writing Research (Kiosk, 1996), one of the most incisive and far-ranging works on graphic design in recent years, is uniquely qualified to bring these issues to a larger public. Individual chapters look at broad developments in design culture and trends in visual expression in public space, typography, corporate identity, and publishing. Innumerable examples range from billboards and book jackets to palm cards for clubs and fanzines. Lupton's trenchant text makes this more than just a best-of collection, however, giving readers a comprehensive context for understanding designers' hidden meanings. For all collections.Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568980980
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.45 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Lupton is one of America's preeminent design educators. Her books include Skin , Inside Design Now , and Mixing Messages , among others. She is currently director of the design program at Maryland Institute of Art and Design.
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Table of Contents

Director's Statement 7
Acknowledgments 8
Introduction 11
The Street 14
Typography 29
Identity 83
Publishing 115
Interviews 166
Index 174
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