Iron Fists: Branding the 20th Century Totalitarian State (Phaidon Press, 2011) by Steven Heller (MFA Design Department Co-chair): Recently released in paperback, Heller’s book explores how the dictatorships of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Communist China, and Soviet Russia all used graphic design to sell their messages to the public. Iron Fists also draws comparisons between those tactics and the branding strategies used by many modern corporations.
Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story, by Paul Shaw (faculty, Art History and BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Departments): Newly redesigned to accommodate 15 additional photographs and republished by The MIT Press, this limited-edition book traces the history of Helvetica as the official typeface of the NYC subways. To listen to a recent interview with Shaw about the book on The Leonard Lopate Show, visit WNYC.
Los Jardines de México, photographs by Janelle Lynch (MFA 1999 Photography) with texts by José Antonio Aldrete-Haas and Mario Bellatín. This collection brings together four series of photos shot in Mexico City and Chiapas between 2002 and 2007. Both sad and celebratory, all of the photographs in this book examine loss as an impetus for growth.