The pioneering movement of mid-century modern design that captured the post-war zeitgeist of energy and progress continues to be popular amongst the creative community today.
We're all familiar with the Eames chair and the legacy of George Nelson, but what about the era's graphic design? Well, you can now learn more about it in an eye-popping new book by Theo Inglis entitled Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design.
Full of gorgeous colour palettes, experimental type and prints that "buzz with kinetic energy", the hardback title is a visual and comprehensive guide to the much-loved graphic style with an in-depth look at the innovative graphics of the period.
Featuring over 150 artists and designers from all over the world – including Paul Rand, Alex Steinweiss, Ray Eames, Joseph Low, Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Leo Lionni, Rudolph de Harak and Abram Games – Theo draws from a broad range of sources including advertising, magazine covers, record sleeves, travel posters and children’s book illustration to show the development of the design style globally, and how this continues to influence design today.
The book is packed with hundreds of colour illustrations, including classic designs, such as Saul Bass’ film posters and Miroslav Šašek’s children’s books, alongside lesser-known gems. To find out more or to buy a copy of Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design, visit midcenturymoderngraphicdesign.co.uk.
Theo Inglis is a design writer and graphic designer who specialises in post-war design. Aside from writing for many magazines and websites, including Grafik, Eye and Creative Review, he also runs the Tumblr account midcenturymoderndesign.tumblr.com, which has more than 30,000 followers.