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Regular, Graphic Design Today

Documenting the current state of graphic design, Regular (Gestalten) presents a new generation of designers working in an ever-changing practice, today strongly under the influence of digitalisation, materialisation and personalisation.

By Editor / 12-11-2009

Graphic design is in constant flux. In recent years, the digitalisation of media and the return of materials and personal identity have strongly influenced the development of graphic design and its adjoining disciplines.

This evolution has prompted designers to define new rules and aesthetics paving the way for future media. Graphic designers today are also moving outside the traditional job definition, working as video producers, type designers, illustrators, artists, musicians or event managers.

Regular documents the current state of graphic design and presents a new generation of creative excellence. The book features examples of progressive manifestations in the printed form from poster design, book and magazine editorial design to typography, three-dimensional installations and illustration, with a strong focus on cultural projects. "The basic idea behind REGULAR was to feature a very modern, eclectic design style," says Sven Ehmann of Gestalten. "That style is mostly represented by a younger generation of Swiss, French, German and Dutch designers. It is defined by a particular use of typography, imagery and color, but also by a certain attitude towards its content and context. My notion is - broadly speaking - that the Swiss, French and German designers are more conceptual, more serious in their approach, whereas the Dutch designers are more playful and experimental."

Both emerging and established Dutch designers mostly under 40, have been featured, including Buro Reng, Coup, Bart de Baets, Hans Gremmen, Kathrin Hero, Marius Hofstede, Sandra Kassenaar, Koehorst in 't Veld, Lesley Moore (Karin van den Brandt & Alex Clay), Letra (Marco Balesteros), Kai-Tin Lin, Metahaven, Maureen Mooren, Niessen & De Vries, ...,STAAT, Remco van Bladel/Onomatopee, Karen van de Kraats, Voidwreck (Karl Nawrot), Toko Design, Christopher West and Thomas Wismeier.

Graphic Design Today (Gestalten)
Editors: R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, A. Mollard
Foreword by: François Rappo (ECAL)
Format: 24 x 30 cm
Features: 288 pages, full colour, hardcover
ISBN: 978-3-89955-253-9

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