Download e-book for kindle: Design literacy : understanding graphic design by Steven Heller, Rick Poynor

By Steven Heller, Rick Poynor

ISBN-10: 1621534049

ISBN-13: 9781621534044

ISBN-10: 1621534138

ISBN-13: 9781621534136

Author and layout professional Steven Heller has revisited and revised the preferred vintage Design Literacy through revising a few of the considerate essays from the unique and combining in thirty-two new works. every one essay bargains a flavor of the classy, political, old, and private matters that experience engaged designers from the overdue 19th century to the present—from the ever-present (the swastika, antiwar posters) to the whimsical (MAD journal parodies). The essays are geared up into 8 thematic categories—persuasion, mass media, language, id, details, iconography, variety, and commerce.

This revised version additionally highlights fresh developments in photo layout resembling aesthetic alterations in typography within the electronic age and the nexus among photograph layout and stressed out tradition. this can be an eclectic examine how, why, and if picture layout affects our ever-evolving, different world.

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However, there also existed a healthy distrust of the government’s exaggerated prescriptions and politically dubious decrees. This anonymous guerilla poster turned the government narrative on its end by using the most recognizable images of the moment—the duct tape over President Bush’s mouth, eyes, and ears—painting a portrait of the President and Homeland Security authorities as being clueless in the face of threats, and compensating for that ignorance by issuing reports designed to scare the public.

Yes Babies! the poster with a color photograph of the My Lai massacre (an American platoon’s savage attack on civilian villagers); and End Bad Breath by Seymour Chwast, a comic woodcut portrait of Uncle Sam with his mouth wide open, revealing airplanes bombing Vietnam. A poster, a mere one-sided sheet of printed paper, could not have the same destructive power as even an infinitesimal fraction of the napalm used to defoliate the Vietnamese countryside. End Bad Breath, designed in 1968, was not as emotionally wrenching as War Is Not Healthy .

The authorities did not immediately catch on, granted the license, and the Malik Verlag proceeded instead to publish two George Grosz portfolios and two issues of a thinly disguised Neue Jugend. The publication’s design was an amalgam of variegated typefaces, elaborate surprints, and various geometric color blocks. Work on this journal marked an artistic turning point for Heartfield, who had destroyed all his more formal work and embraced anti-art as a means for social protest and propaganda. In 1915 Heartfield changed his name from Herzfeld to protest German militarism.

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