Design (Art / Graphics) (98)

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
Rivera - Basic Art Series

ISBN: 9783836504133

Author: Andrea Kettenmann    Publisher: Taschen

Diego Rivera (1886–1957) is a loud presence on the art historical stage. With devout political principles and a turbulent romantic history, he was at once hus...


Diego Rivera (1886–1957) is a loud presence on the art historical stage. With devout political principles and a turbulent romantic history, he was at once husband and paladin of Frida Kahlo, advocate and adversary of Stalin’s Soviet Union, and liberator and traitor of Leon Trotsky. Vibrant, graphic, and often monumental, Rivera’s paintings carry the same live political and passionate charge as his personal biography. Fusing European influences such as Cubism with a socialist ideology and an exaltation of Mexico’s indigenous and popular heritage, he created a new iconography for art history and for his country. He became one of the most important figures in the Mexican mural movement and won international acclaim for his public wall paintings, in which he presented a utopian yet accessible vision of a post-revolutionary Mexico. In 1931, Rivera was the subject of MoMA’s second ever monographic exhibition. This book explores the unique blend of influence and ideology which secure Rivera’s place as both a unique and a universal painter, bound to the particular turbulent experience of early 20th century Mexico, and yet preoccupied with subjects such as revolution and class inequity which continue to speak to us today.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 210 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 15-07-2015


$33.00
Newbrow: 50 Contemporary Artists

ISBN: 9780764340567

Author: Shane Pomajambo    Publisher: Schiffer Books

This vivid art book spotlights 50 artists of the Newbrow art, pop surrealism movement with over 180 striking color photos of their work. Artists from across the...


This vivid art book spotlights 50 artists of the Newbrow art, pop surrealism movement with over 180 striking color photos of their work. Artists from across the US, Denmark, Germany, and Australia are featured. The images themselves are filled with powerful social commentary, startling imagery, and sharp humor. The work ranges from that of street artists who trace back to the 1980s hip hop culture, using tools such as stenciling, wheat pasting, spray paint, and guerilla art installations, to illustrative artists who trace their backgrounds to graphic design and illustration. For those unfamiliar with Newbrow art, the author describes it as, “…a raw unapologetic form of expression that represents today’s current culture.” The artists presented are arranged alphabetically in the book, with text providing information about each artist’s life, inspiration, influences, and style. Contact information for each artist is also provided.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 112


Dimensions: 229 x 305 mm


Publication Date: 28-06-2012


$69.99
Package Design Book 6

ISBN: 9783836585026

Publisher: Taschen

Wherever you shop, be it online or in a brick-and-mortar store, the first thing you notice about a product is its packaging. The quality of the packaging has a ...


Wherever you shop, be it online or in a brick-and-mortar store, the first thing you notice about a product is its packaging. The quality of the packaging has a significant influence on whether or not a customer decides to buy a product. In fact, packaging has become more important than ever in recent years: Unboxing videos are watched by millions of followers on social media platforms, college Packaging Design courses are full to bursting, more and more agencies are specializing in this area, and companies are investing ever greater sums of money in the outward appearance of their products. Packaging design has long since grown to become not just part of our everyday lives, but a powerful marketing tool as well. High-quality packaging can increase the value of an entire brand. With over 500 projects from more than 45 different countries, the sixth edition of TASCHEN's The Package Design Book celebrates the 14th anniversary of the Pentawards, one of the industry's most important international competitions. We will be casting our spotlight on all the winners from 2019 and 2020. With awards in six major categories - Beverages, Food, Body, Luxury, Other Markets, and Packaging Concepts - this spectacular and inspiring collection presents an array of unusual, intelligent and charming packaging concepts, demonstrating once again the importance of this design discipline.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 512


Dimensions: 237 x 256 mm


Publication Date: 28-01-2021


$180.00
The World Explained in 264 Infographics

ISBN: 9783791387154

Author: Jan Schwochow    Publisher: Prestel Publishing

Take a deep dive into history, economics, art, and culture through fascinating and stunning visuals We live in a hyper-connected world and are bombarded with ne...


Take a deep dive into history, economics, art, and culture through fascinating and stunning visuals We live in a hyper-connected world and are bombarded with news and other information, via our phones, computers, TVs, and radios. People don’t have the time or energy to sift through all the data. That’s where infographics come in. While the idea of illustrating facts and figures has been around for centuries, it is only recently, with the introduction of the internet, that infographics have really taken off as a medium to convey all types of information. This book shows the versatility of infographics by presenting an amazing compendium of 264 charts. Illustrating topics such as history, economics, sports, music, art, science, and culture, the infographics in this book are all designed to be easy to understand, thought-provoking, and elegant. You can explore the evolution of electric vehicles from a tricycle to a Tesla Model 3, discover how supermarkets trick you into buying more food than you need, and see how much work goes into creating a video game. While you browse the pages, you’ll find yourself incidentally learning thousands of new things that will astonish you. By condensing and conveying facts as an illustrated narrative, infographics tell stories that everyone can explore, understand, and enjoy.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 568


Dimensions: 245 x 327 mm


Publication Date: 04-03-2021


$150.00
Book Design

ISBN: 9788417656300

Author: Wang Shaoqiang    Publisher: Promo Press / Hoaki

Do you know when the first book was born? Have you ever wondered what are the basic components of a book? And how can we possibly make a book from scratch? Book...


Do you know when the first book was born? Have you ever wondered what are the basic components of a book? And how can we possibly make a book from scratch? Book Design is a publication that answers all these questions. It offers an overview of what a book is, how it is made, and how we can improve it with good design and printing techniques. The first two chapters focus more on historical and theoretical knowledge, while the last two showcase examples of contemporary book designs, including detailed information and interviews with eight graphic designers from all over the world. It is not just a "must-have" book for designers in the field, but a "should-have" for those who want to know more about book design, as well as self-publishers and small presses.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 210 x 285 mm


Publication Date: 02-09-2021


$120.00
DUE > 15th Dec 2021
Get Impressed : The Rival of Letterpress and Handmade Type

ISBN: 9788417656379

Author: Wang Shaoqiang    Publisher: Promo Press / Hoaki

Letterpress, a Chinese invention from the 10th century consisting of movable types and later adopted in the western hemisphere about 1440, forever changed the f...


Letterpress, a Chinese invention from the 10th century consisting of movable types and later adopted in the western hemisphere about 1440, forever changed the face of communication and the speed in which information could be passed along from person to person. It gave birth to the "press." Today letterpress is in revival and widely used in books, posters, bespoke stationery like invitations, name cards, letterheads and so on. Letterpress designers like Alan Kitching or Jesus Morentin carve out their names in the computer-generated design world with beautifully-composed types. This book introduces the history and the process of letterpress printing and includes a list of classic movable types arranged in style order. The volume also includes letterpress designers, artists, type foundries, institutions, or even museums from all over the world, each with a detailed biography as well as exclusive interviews with the most relevant professionals in this area. It will prove to be a handbook for type designers, letterpress designers, type lovers, design students and ordinary readers who enjoy crafts and prints.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 240


Dimensions: 190 x 250 mm


Publication Date: 02-09-2021


$100.00
DUE > 15th Dec 2021
Iconism : Designing Modern Icons and Pictograms

ISBN: 9783943330526

Publisher: Gingko Press

Iconism is an inspirational reference for contemporary icon, pictogram and symbol design. Divided into three sections--Visual Identity, Wayfinding and Interacti...


Iconism is an inspirational reference for contemporary icon, pictogram and symbol design. Divided into three sections--Visual Identity, Wayfinding and Interactive Design--these ingenious and impactful styles from designers around the world highlight the importance of effective communication in our day to day lives.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 256


Dimensions: 210 x 285 mm


Publication Date: 21-04-2021


$110.00
Abstract Act Basic Art Series

ISBN: 9783836546782

Author: Dietmar Elger    Publisher: Taschen

Let’s Get Abstract! Making sense of revolutionary new forms Abstraction shook Western art to its core. In the early part of the 20th century, it refuted the r...


Let’s Get Abstract! Making sense of revolutionary new forms Abstraction shook Western art to its core. In the early part of the 20th century, it refuted the reign of clear, indisputable forms and confronted audiences instead with vivid visual poems devoid of conventional representational imagery and characterized by allegories of emotion and sensation. This radical artistic adventure established new artistic means, as much as narratives. Expression became characterized by shocking juxtapositions of color, light, and line. Artists abandoned the conventions of brush and easel and played with new materials and methods of artistic gesture: commercial paints and housepainter’s brushes, working on unstretched and unprimed canvases, moving the canvas to the floor, and applying paint with hands. This essential introduction spans the international breadth, conceptual depth, and seismic impact of abstract art with a thorough survey not only of the big names such as Picasso, Klee, Kline, Rothko, and Pollock, but also lesser-known figures who made equally significant contributions, including Antoni Tàpies, K. O. Götz, Ad Reinhardt, and Sophie Taeuber-Arp.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 210 x 260 mm


Publication Date: 02-02-2017


$33.00
The History of EC Comics XXL

ISBN: 9783836549769

Publisher: Taschen

In 1947, Bill Gaines inherited EC Comics, a new venture founded by his legendary father M. C. Gaines, who was responsible for midwifing the birth of the comic b...


In 1947, Bill Gaines inherited EC Comics, a new venture founded by his legendary father M. C. Gaines, who was responsible for midwifing the birth of the comic book as we know it during his tenure at All-American Comics, bringing the likes of Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to the world. Over the next eight years, Bill Gaines and a “who’s who” of the era including Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, and Wally Wood would reinvent the very notion of the comic book with titles like Tales from the Crypt, Crime SuspenStories, Weird Science, and MAD. EC delighted in publishing gory, morbid horror and crime comics that had snap, ironic endings―but they also pioneered the first true-to-life war comics, the first “real” science-fiction stories, and a series of tales about such then-taboo subjects as racism, bigotry, vigilantism, drug addiction, police corruption, and anti-Semitism. Too good to last, they were eventually caught up by various 1950s guardians of morality, who were convinced that EC’s often over-the-top content was causing juvenile delinquency. A year or so after a full inquiry investigating horror and crime comics, the incredible EC Comics were no more. TASCHEN presents the full, fascinating story of this fabled company, written and expertly curated by EC-authority Grant Geissman. Even the most die-hard EC Fan-Addicts will find something new within these pages, with the Gaines family archives providing more than 100 rarities that have never seen print. Many of the cover images are reproduced from Gaines File Copies, which are widely regarded as the best surviving copies of the EC Comics. Gathering more than 1,000 illustrations that include the rarest and most notorious covers, interior pages and panels, photos, vintage original artwork, and some of the most celebrated stories ever to be printed in four colors for a dime, this is the ultimate EC Comics compendium and a must-have for any comics enthusiast or pop culture historian.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 592


Dimensions: 129 x 295 mm


Publication Date: 11-10-2020


$395.00
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