Monday, October 4, 2010

Born Modern

How fortunate to have 2 newly released books on designer, Alvin Lustig. The first biography, Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig, is co-authored by Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen and is based on interviews, letters and documents and is the first monograph about this influential designer. Lustig was a pioneer of the modern book jacket and magazine cover design and R.I.T./Cary Graphic Arts Press has just published their 4th chapbook in their Graphic Design Archive Series which looks specifically at his book jacket design work. Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig by Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger, available from R.I.T./Cary Graphic Arts Press. Both of these books should be an inspiration to read. If you need more, take a look at the beautiful website for Lustig designed by the Kind Company which includes an archive of great work from Lustig's extensive and prolific career.

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