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The Art of Graphic Design

30th Anniversary Edition



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The Art of Graphic Design by Bradbury Thompson

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A revered classic of American design delights anew with the freshness and ingenuity of its approach Bradbury Thompson (1911-1995) remains one of the most admired and influential graphic designers of the 20th century, recognized for his achievements by every major American design organization. The Art of Graphic Design is a landmark in the history of fine bookmaking. First published by Yale University Press in 1988, it was praised by the New York Times as a book in which "art and design are gloriously and daringly mixed." Texts by the author and other notable designers, critics, and art historians, including J. Carter Brown, Alvin Eisenman, and Steven Heller, explore Thompson's methods and design philosophy, and a new afterword by Jessica Helfand attests to the enduring importance of his work. Highlights include Thompson's descriptions of his pioneering explorations of process colors and simplified alphabets, the magazine covers he designed for Mademoiselle and Art News, his work for the paper manufacturer Westvaco, and his iconic postage stamps--as well as the spectacular Washburn College Bible. Published on the thirtieth anniversary of the original book, this new paperback edition makes a classic work available to another generation of designers, scholars, and students.

Author Biography

Bradbury Thompson served on the faculty of the Yale School of Art for over thirty years and received widespread recognition for his influential designs for books, magazines, and postage stamps. Jessica Helfand is senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art and author of Design: The Invention of Desire (Yale).
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November 20th, 2018
Afterword by Jessica Helfand
272 color + 38 b-w illus.
Country of Publication
United States
Yale University Press
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