Design (Art / Graphics) (79)

Understanding The World

ISBN: 9783836583848

Author: Sandra Rendgen    Publisher: Taschen

Dazzling in scale, diversity and detail, the world never ceases to open our eyes and captivate our curiosity. Ever since the earliest cave paintings, humans hav...


Dazzling in scale, diversity and detail, the world never ceases to open our eyes and captivate our curiosity. Ever since the earliest cave paintings, humans have looked at this Earth that is our home and endeavored to understand it. This expansive visual atlas presents exciting, creative and inspiring ways of explaining the world in information graphics. Divided into five chapters, the book covers the environment, technology, economics, society, and culture to reveal some of the Earth's greatest intricacies in accessible visual form. With more than 40 new pieces this updated edition features around 260 infographics in a compact, reader-friendly format, including seven fold-out spreads. The collection focuses on the 21st century, but also includes historical masterpieces to put our current situation into perspective.Nigel Holmes introduces the book with an infographic of his own, while Sandra Rendgen provides an illustrated historical essay to explore how we have studied and interpreted our world over the centuries. With graphics drawn from such sources as Fortune, National Geographic, and The Guardian, this is not only a showcase of outstanding data design, but also a fascinating digest of where and how we live.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 456


Dimensions: 210 x 315 mm


Publication Date: 17-05-2021


$115.00
DUE > 31st Jul 2021
What Great Paintings Say : 100 Masterpieces in Detail Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836559263

Author: Rainer & Rose-Marie Hagen    Publisher: Taschen

This important addition to our understanding of art history’s masterworks puts some of the world's most famous paintings under a magnifying glass to uncover t...


This important addition to our understanding of art history’s masterworks puts some of the world's most famous paintings under a magnifying glass to uncover their most small and subtle elements and all they reveal about a bygone time, place, and culture. Guiding our eye to the minutiae of subject and symbolism, authors Rose-Marie and Rainer Hagen allow even the most familiar of pictures to come alive anew through their intricacies and intrigues. Is the bride pregnant? Why does the man wear a beret? How does the shadow of war hang over a scene of dancing? Along the way, we travel from Ancient Egypt through to modern Europe, from the Renaissance to the Roaring Twenties. We meet Greek heroes and poor German poets and roam from cathedrals to cabaret bars, from the Garden of Eden to a Garden Bench in rural France. As we pick apart each painting and then reassemble it like a giant jigsaw puzzle, these celebrated canvases captivate not only in their sheer wealth of details but also in the witness they bear to the fashions and trends, people and politics, loves and lifestyles of their time. The author Rose-Marie Hagen was born in Switzerland and studied history, Romance languages, and literature in Lausanne. After further studies in Paris and Florence, she lectured at the American University in Washington, D.C. Rainer Hagen was born in Hamburg and graduated in literature and theater studies in Munich. He later worked for radio and TV, most recently as chief editor of a German public broadcasting service. Together they have collaborated on several TASCHEN titles, including Masterpieces in Detail, Pieter Bruegel, and Francisco de Goya.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 788


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 21-03-2016


$46.00
Prints Galore: The Art and Craft of Printmaking, with 41 Projects to Get You Started

ISBN: 9780764356285

Author: Angie Franke    Publisher: Schiffer Books

This guide to printmaking plunges you into dozens of ways to leave your mark on the world—and on your walls, tablecloths, garments, and every other surface im...


This guide to printmaking plunges you into dozens of ways to leave your mark on the world—and on your walls, tablecloths, garments, and every other surface imaginable. Emphasizing the joy and energy of printmaking, the 41 projects use everyday materials, and don’t require any previous experience. Learn fifteen main printmaking methods and their submethods, including relief printing, stamping, screen printing, collagraphy, monoprinting, cyanotypes, botanical prints, and many more. Transform your fingerprint into a huge graphic print with the “We’re All Thumbs” project. Using cut stamps, make the exciting combination of bandanna and coordinating game-pieces in “Mr. Potatohead Plays Chess.” Enjoy solar printing with “Like Snowflakes in the Sun.” Included throughout are plenty of options, variations, and encouragement to make your prints your own way.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 190 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 15-09-2015


$55.00
DUE > 10th Apr 2021
The World of Ornament Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836556255

Author: David Batterham    Publisher: Taschen

Discover a world of decorative ideas with this compendium of history’s most elegant patterns and ornamental designs.The World of Ornament brings together the ...


Discover a world of decorative ideas with this compendium of history’s most elegant patterns and ornamental designs.The World of Ornament brings together the two greatest encyclopedic collections of ornament of the 19th century: Auguste Racinet’s L’Ornement polychrome Volumes I and II (1875–1888) and Auguste Dupont-Auberville’s L’Ornement des tissus (1877) to provide one lavish source book spanning jewelry, tile, stained glass, illuminated manuscript, textile, and ceramic ornament. Encompassing classical, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Asian and Middle Eastern, as well as European designs from medieval times through the 19th century, this compilation of cultures and aesthetics offers a primary reference for artists, historians, designers, and patternmakers, and anyone engaged in decorative design and impact.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 824


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 13-05-2015


$46.00
Cities Of The World Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836556415

Authors: Stephen Fussel, Rem Koolhaas    Publisher: Taschen

More than four centuries on from its first publication, discover one of the jewels of urban cartography and civic studies. This quality reprint includes the mos...


More than four centuries on from its first publication, discover one of the jewels of urban cartography and civic studies. This quality reprint includes the most enchanting color plates from the Civitates orbis terrarum, a magnificent collection of town map engravings, produced between 1572 and 1617.Featuring plans, bird's-eye views, and maps for all major cities in Europe, plus important urban centers in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, this masterwork in urban mapping gives us a comprehensive view of city life at the turn of the 17th century. It was edited and annotated by theologian and publisher Georg Braun and largely engraved by Franz Hogenberg, but also involved over a hundred different artists and cartographers who contributed not only town views, but additional elements, such as figures in local dress, courtroom scenes, and topographical details, to help convey the situation, commercial power, and political influence of each city.TASCHEN's reprint contextualizes the plates with selected extracts from Braun's original texts on the history and significance of each urban center as well as detailed commentaries to place each city map in its cartographical and cultural context.About the seriesBibliotheca Universalis — Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 744


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 05-11-2015


$46.00
Encyclopaedia Anatomica Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836549318

Authors: Monika von Düring, Marta Poggesi    Publisher: Taschen

From the eccentric museum La Specola in Florence comes this amazing collection of waxworks depicting human anatomy in all its dazzling complexity. A selection o...


From the eccentric museum La Specola in Florence comes this amazing collection of waxworks depicting human anatomy in all its dazzling complexity. A selection of wax bodies and body part and organ studies from the museum’s collection is presented here; from skeletons to vein structures, organs to nerves, and arteries to the delicate pores of the skin, the human body is mapped out in meticulous and exacting detail. Texts explaining the human anatomy in layperson’s terms and exploring the historical and cultural significance of the wax figures complete this “total body experience.”


Bind: hardback


Pages: 576


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 25-02-2014


$46.00
The Little Book of Tom : Cops & Robbers (R18)

ISBN: 9783836540735

Author: Dian Hanson    Publisher: Taschen

Tom’s taste for police officers and felons—and for sexual tension between the two—developed late in his career. “I’ve never been to prison,” he told...


Tom’s taste for police officers and felons—and for sexual tension between the two—developed late in his career. “I’ve never been to prison,” he told a class at the California Institute of the Arts in 1985, “but I hear it’s a closed world where there are different roles and people behave different from when they walk free. It fascinates me. It is another subject I come back to again and again.” By which he meant fantasized about again and again, since only those subjects that aroused him sexually made it into his art. The uniforms of the California Highway Patrol motorcyclists were his favorite: tan and tight, with high boots and soft black leather gauntlet gloves. He created his own uniform variants as well, a cross between military and civilian police gear, and invented suitably butch criminals for his cops to apprehend, though once apprehended the power struggle could go either way. Tom was determined to show top and bottom as equally masculine roles, and his cops were as likely to end up happily speared by criminal cock as delivering corrective coitus. Though criticized by some for what appeared to be a glorification of power, Tom was always quick to remind that the world he created was a fantasy world, where anything was possible, and everything was consensual—even in prison. The Little Book of Tom: Cops & Robbers explores Tom’s fascination with criminal justice through a mixture of multi-panel comics and single-panel drawings and paintings, all in a compact and affordable 192 pages. Historic film stills and posters, personal photos of Tom, sketches, and Tom’s own reference photos make this far more than another Tom’s Comics re-tread. The artist Touko Laaksonen, the boy who would become Tom of Finland (1920-1991), began drawing cartoons at age five. His favorite subjects were the rough manly men of his native Finland, as Touko knew from an early age that men interested him more than women. His talents were further honed by art study in Helsinki. He found success in the Finnish advertising industry but secretly continued creating his increasingly erotic drawings of hyper-masculine men. In 1957 he submitted some drawings to the American magazine Physique Pictorial and the “Tom of Finland” legend was born. By the late 60s Tom’s “dirty drawings” became the standard for gay art, and Tom’s Men a template for a new gay masculinity. Tom’s art continues to play an important role in promoting self-confidence, positive self-image and openness in the gay community.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 192


Dimensions: 119 x 166 mm


Publication Date: 20-07-2016


$23.00
Domus 1930s Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836526524

Author: Charlotte & Peter Feill    Publisher: Taschen

Offering an unrivaled record of architecture and design, the “living diary” of domus was founded by Gio Ponti in 1928. Through the years and decades that fo...


Offering an unrivaled record of architecture and design, the “living diary” of domus was founded by Gio Ponti in 1928. Through the years and decades that followed, the journal charted the major themes and movements of industrial, interior, product, and structural design with an eye for creative excellence as much as editorial rigor. This fresh reprint features domus’s coverage from the transformative years between 1928 and 1939. It is an era famed for the emergence of the International Style when the likes of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Alvar Aalto, and Richard Neutra channeled modernist ideals into rectilinear forms, restrained surfaces, and open, luminous interiors. The domus coverage of this decisive decade spanned the details and the grand designs. From soaring steel skyscrapers to tubular furniture, its coverage is a definitive record of how light, form, and pared-down aesthetics combined in the pursuit of an honest and utilitarian form for the modern and rapidly industrializing age. Domus Distilled -Seven volumes spanning 1928 to 1999 -Over 6,000 pages featuring influential projects by the most important designers and architects -Original layouts and all covers, with captions providing navigation and context -New introductory essays by renowned architects and designers -Each edition comes with an appendix featuring texts translated into English, many of which were previously only available in Italian -A comprehensive index in each volume listing both designers’ and manufacturers’ names


Bind: hardback


Pages: 752


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 29-11-2017


$46.00
Poster Man : 50 Years of Iconic Graphic Design

ISBN: 9780764361227

Author: Seymour Chwast    Publisher: Schiffer Books

This collection of over 140 curated posters by the revolutionary graphic artist Seymour Chwast provides context and insight into not only his five-decade career...


This collection of over 140 curated posters by the revolutionary graphic artist Seymour Chwast provides context and insight into not only his five-decade career, but the poster genre itself. Since founding Push Pin Studios alongside Milton Glaser and Edward Sorel in the 1950s, Chwasts posters have been widely celebrated for their combination of subversive style and strong political satire. His caustic humor, graphic hand, and visual commentary cleverly synthesize in a way that is both wry and immediately understandable. Posters are arranged by typeCauses, Commerce, Information, Exhibits, and Lecturesrather than chronology, which, along with the large format, invites readers to engage thematically with the designs. Commentary on each poster makes this a valuable resource for students, educators, historians, and all who appreciate the unique ability of posters to subvert notions of popular culture, politics, and design at once. Essays by Shepard Fairey and Steven Heller contextualize Chwast's impact on 20th-century design.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 144


Dimensions: 229 x 305 mm


Publication Date: 26-02-2021


$89.99
DUE > 30th Apr 2021
100 Manga Artists Bibliotheca Universalis

ISBN: 9783836526470

Publisher: Taschen

Since the original TASCHEN edition of Manga Design, Japan's comic phenomenon has produced yet more captivating characters and a whole host of hot new talents. T...


Since the original TASCHEN edition of Manga Design, Japan's comic phenomenon has produced yet more captivating characters and a whole host of hot new talents. This revised and updated edition delivers the lowdown on the latest and the greatest makers and shapers of the manga scene. Through an A-Z directory, we discover the superstars-both human and fictional-of what is now a vast global industry, inspiring advertisers, filmmakers, creative professionals, millions of avid fans, not to mention an entire cosplay lifestyle, in which manga devotees in elaborate costume meet to celebrate the existence of their characters at huge conventions from Los Angeles to Leipzig. From classic maestros-like Osamu Tezuka (creator of Astro Boy) and Katsuhiro Otomo (creator of Akira)-to newcomers such as Hajime Isayama, each entry includes biographical and bibliographical information, descriptions of main characters, and, of course, plenty of examples of the artist's finest manga spreads and covers. Bibliotheca Universalis - Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!


Bind: hardback


Pages: 576


Dimensions: 140 x 195 mm


Publication Date: 01-09-2016


$46.00
© 2021 Nationwide Book Distributors