Design, By the Book

December 15, 2006

Members of the MFA Design Department faculty have been busy of late with new books. Veronique Vienne has just put out The Art of Being a Woman (Clarkson Potter). Subtitled, “A Simple Guide to Everyday Love and Laughter,” Vienne’s book uses spirited prose and witty illustrations to outline both practical and whimsical ideas for women of all ages.

Two other instructors have collaborated with department co-chair Steven Heller on new publications. He and design faculty member Louise Fili have teamed up to create Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks and Conceits (Chronicle). The book contains hundreds of illustrated entries, surveying the designers, schools and movements that comprise the history of modern design. The new year will also see Heller releasing a book with MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department faculty member Mirko Ilić. The Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspirations in Modern Graphic Design (Rockport) contains 50 examples of graphic design that are then dissected, piece by piece, to reveal an array of influences and inspirations for today’s designers.

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