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Karl Gerstner, Review of 5x10 Years of Graphic Design

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Editor: Manfred Kröplien
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Publication: 2001, First Edition
Binding: Case-bound
Pages: 255
Size: 238 x 304mm
Text: English


Karl Gerstner's double life began immediately after his vocational training: as a graphic designer working for others and as an artist working for himself. He tried to design tasks of everyday life as works of art, while treating works of art like things of everyday life.

Today he devotes himself completely to his art. This book looks back exclusively on Gerstner's work as a graphic designer which - as the editor Manfred Kröplien writes in his foreword - set important trends for many years. In this book - a sort of autobiography structured by his projects - Karl Gerstner recapitulates 5 x 10 years as a graphic designer.

Examples of work, both realized and rejected by clients, vivid! illustrate the ups and downs of a designer's professional life. The book also has a didactic component, yet without a monitory finger: it is not Gerstner's intention to tell how it should be done, but rather how he did it. As with his other books - Designing Programmes soon became a cult book in the sixties and Compendium for Literates: a System of Writing was recently published in its fourth (German) edition - Karl Gerstner has succeeded in creating an astutely written and exquisitely designed book.

Condition: Very Good. All titles are used and show light shelf ware consistent with age.

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