cover image Graphic Style: From Victorian to Post-Modern

Graphic Style: From Victorian to Post-Modern

Steven Heller, Seymour Chwast. ABRAMS, $49.5 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-8109-1033-1

Presented in celebration of 150 years of design (beginning with the Victorian age and concluding with the Post-Modern), this chronologically compiled volume entertainingly documents the development of graphic art, an often undervalued cousin of the fine arts. The esthetic and social values of each era are appropriately illustrated with a plethora of unusual and interesting black-and-white or color art, advertisements, typography, posters and everyday products, accompanied by a brief historical analysis. The designs of these previously inconsequential artifacts were influenced by political and economic events, and demonstrate the implications of expressive periods such as Bauhaus and Art Nouveau. This study by award-winning designer Chwast and Heller, art director for the New York Times Book Review , should heighten most readers' appreciation of the evolution of graphic design, as well as the way in which design reflects historical events of the period in which it was created. (Oct . )