4 Sep 2007
Contemporary Graphic Design 
Graphic design afficionados across the world will welcome the imminent arrival of a new compendium from everyone's favourite coffee table book publisher, Taschen. The book, 'Contemporary Graphic Design' is out now and not only does it feature a Peter Saville-designed cover it has sections on both Saville and Mark Farrow.

'This compendium showcases the extraordinary cutting-edge work of 100 of the world's most progressive graphic designers, from the hard-hitting political messages of Jonathan Barnbrook to the lyrical digital compositions of Peter Saville to the iconoclastic imagery of Stefan Sagmeister. Alongside the array of visually stunning and thought-provoking advertisements, CD covers, posters, packaging, websites, and corporate identities are texts by each designer expressing his or her individual approach to graphic design practice as well as personal insights into the motivations that lie behind the work. An accompanying introductory essay highlights the current issues surrounding graphic design practice, from the ascendancy of digital tools to the amorality of consumerism. By presenting a provocative survey of the latest, most experimental and forward-looking graphic design from around the globe, this exciting book provides a unique and totally unforgettable snapshot of where the discipline stands today and hopefully offers directions for its future.
Contemporary Graphic Design is absolutely essential to anyone interested in the power of images.'

Edited By Charlotte & Peter Fiell
Hardcover Plus Clear Plastic Wrap With Yellow Typo
19.6 x 24.9 cm
560 pages
ISBN 978-3-8228-5269-9
€ 29.99

Cover Illustration: Peter Saville
Project: 'Suite For Adobe', Special Edition Marketing Poster 2003 (In Collaboration With Howard Wakefield)
Client: Adobe

Endpapers: Peter Saville
Project: 'Waste Painting #1 En Suite', Unique Iris Print 2003 (In Collaboration With Howard Wakefield)
Client: Paul Stolper Gallery

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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