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Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design

Theo Inglis



ISBN: 9781849944823

Price: £20.00

Publication date: 2 May 2019

Category: Design

The distinctive aesthetic of the mid-century design captured the post-war zeitgeist of energy and progress, and remains hugely popular today. In Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design Theo Inglis takes an in-depth look at the innovative graphics of the period, writing about the work of artists and designers from all over the world. From book covers, record covers and posters to advertising, typography and illustration, the designs feature eye-popping colour palettes, experimental type and prints that buzz with kinetic energy.

The book features artworks from a wide selection of international designers and illustrators whose work continues to inspire and influence today, including Charles and Ray Eames, Paul Rand, Herbert Bayer, Dick Bruna, Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Leo Lionni, Alexey Brodovitch, Abram Games, Saul Bass, Sister Corita Kent, Jim Flora, Herb Lubalin and Miroslav Sasek.

Theo draws from a broad range of sources including advertising, magazine covers, textiles, travel posters and children’s book illustration to show the development of the design style globally, and how this continues to influence design today. The book is packed with hundreds of colour illustrations, including classic designs, such as Saul Bass film posters and Miroslav Sasek’s children’s books, alongside lesser-known gems.


Theo Inglis is a design writer and graphic designer who specialises in post-war design. He writes regularly for online design magazine Grafik and for Monotype, the world’s leading font company. Additionally, he holds an MA in Critical Writing in Art and Design from the Royal College of Art. He also runs the Tumblr account Midcenturymoderndesign, which has over 30,000 followers. He is based in Norwich.