Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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Next up in our Bookshelf’s holiday series, are books for graphic design enthusiasts. Beginning with the fundamentals, pick up Paul Rand’s Design, Form, and Chaos and learn the trade from a graphic design icon. Musing on his craft, Rand explains how to develop process, intuition, and an aesthetic sense demonstrating the core of great design– the synthesis of beauty and utility. Another essential design text, Bruno Manari’s Design as Art, communicates a zen-like mindset and passion for merging art and life. His advice to “subtract instead of add” resonates as much today as it did forty years ago. And for eye candy, Marian Bantjes’s new monograph Marian Bantjes Pretty Pictures is an explosion of graphic work from the last decade. Bantjes’s visuals have been aptly described as “maximalist” calling to mind the Art Nouveau dreamscapes of Alfons Mucha.

Looking for more gift ideas? Designers & Books have put together a stellar book list for their Holiday Gift Guide.

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