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Maximalism: The Graphic Design of Decadence& Excess [Paperback]

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This sumptuously extravagant book examines design that appeals to the senses through luxury, profusion, and excess-maximalism. After a decade in which minimalism has held sway over the design industry, many designers are now rejecting the limitations of pared-down modernism in favor of a more rich and vibrant "maximal" aesthetic.

This book celebrates the qualities of maximalism, or "enriched modernism"-its role in creating fantasy, a sense of luxury, the multi-sensory appeal-and teaches designers how to apply it by bringing together a selection of projects from around the world that typify maximalism in graphic design-whether through use of materials, print processes, layout and composition, or sheer extravagance of purpose.

The book is not just about expensive projects for luxury brands (although of course these feature): it is about examples of print that appeal to any one of the senses in a powerful and unusual way. These include packaging, magazines, brochures, books, identity jobs, and other forms of print work.

An essential resource for designers, delivering the newest trend and the means to create the style.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.3" Width: 8.9" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   RotoVision
ISBN  2888930196  
ISBN13  9782888930198  
UPC  080665301988  

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More About Charlotte Rivers

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charlotte Rivers is the author of 14 design books, including "Little Book of Letterpress" and "I Heart Stationery, " and has contributed to a number of design magazines, including "Cent, Grafik, " and "UPPERCASE." She blogs regularly about art and design as Lottie Loves at http: //

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Modern inspiration!  May 14, 2008
I enjoy this book very much. It's very edgy and stylistic. contains many different styles- pop culture, contemporary designs, and typography. I love the contemporary pop art aspect of it. It really inspires me and helps me incorporate the style into my own designs. A good addition for a designer's library.
Eye Candy  Mar 11, 2008
This is a great book for inspiration and motivation. This book for me tends to be way too busy to read the text, but the graphics are wicked! It is definitely eye candy!!!! The colors and images will keep your attention. Great book for design blocks. Definitely add this to your library if you are looking for eye candy.
Inspiring  Mar 12, 2007
This book is very very interesting to say the least. I think it belongs in every designers library. While the examples in the book aren't very practical (if you freelance or work for a normal ad agency this stuff wont fly), they are inspiring, and very beautiful (most of them).
minimalist is out  Mar 8, 2007
a non-artist can accidentally make a minimalist design look good. there's no way you can make something with this "maximalist" style look good accidentally. this book is an example of good art. a nice addition to your collection. remember, you get better with every piece of art you appreciate.
Awesome  Nov 7, 2006
This is one of the best book of my personal library.

I think maximalism is what the next graphic design approach is all about. I think it comes to fix the "form & function" ideal - I think it has been misunderstood, too focused on the function, the designs was been to much "Bauhaus", art deco, minimalistic. Our architeture nowadays is an easy way to identify this minimal and "too much function" ideal.
It was good then, but now everyone is tired of the boredom (at least I am). "Life is much more colorful and fun"

I just wish the book were more extensive.

Now I am very curious to check of the other books from the author, especially Poster-Art and Mag-Art.

***Wonderful designed book. From the copper & golden cover to the layout, everything comes together nicely. Another great hit from Wilson Harvey.

Have fun.

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