Item description for Buro Destruct II by Robert Kanten...
It's been barely four years since Buro Destruct, trailblazers of modern Swiss design, published their first ever collection of works at dgv. Best-known for their ostensibly digital design solutions with a generous touch of craftsmanship, relaxed cleverness and humour, this Bern-based design collective has since realized a multitude of fascinating projects for clients of all shapes and sizes -- and assembled the resulting highlights in this book.
Buro Destruct II follows its predecessor in layout, structure and the healthy mix of commissioned and free designs. In content, too, the volume shows a consistent continuation, development and refinement of the distinctive Buro Destruct style, providing an in-depth peek at the collective's experiments, work methods and background through a number of case studies.
In addition, internal projects like Typedifferent, the Los Logos website, Buro Discotec, Buro Discount and Rainbow are exhaustively documented.
With their "instinctive graphics" Buro Destruct prove that it's possible to become both more complex and focused, older and fresher, wiser and punkier at the same time. Still inspired by literally everything that surrounds them, they have retained their cheeky freedom to (every once and again) dabble in a little cultivated nonsense.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Buro Destruct II?
I guess im just bord. Apr 2, 2006
Great work! It is wonderful to see such a large amount of good work in one book.
Ignore the "Imitators" accusations. Sep 28, 2001
Buro Destruct takes a fresh approach to very trendy vector designs, giving things a twisted sometimes darker and more mature edge.
If you're looking for a collection of work akin to the Designers Republic's peak of the early Nineties you will be sorely disappointed. This book is certainly not a manual on how to imitate tDR designs as some might hope.
Using sources from japanese packaging to teapots in a bazaar, this design firm offers a broad range of styles. Their strongest work for me includes the hand drawn studies, and retro-futuristic fonts (reminiscent of arcade games). The 3D work and cut-up photos are not my taste, though cleverly done.
Anything, no matter how "mundane" or "ugly" can be part of a great design. This is the idea that holds this book together, an idea that escapes most designers and the reason i keep pulling it down from my shelves.
Bern>Buro De5truct. Bern>Design. Aug 17, 2001
Good, very good. Another volume of the late 90's design influence library. Filled to the eyeballs with colourful layouts and impressive design...Those euro-ravers will love this one. De5igners====advance.
A superb, 7 stars book Jun 19, 2001
Sometimes theres a lack for words in front of a true talent. The buro destruct team are unparalled in their quest for originality and allmost every visual field they touch becomes solid gold. An original, groundbreaking and absolutley superb design firm, that leaves the rest to squable in their shadow.
Really cool - complements their website Apr 28, 2000
This is a strange book - at first glance, many of the designs are quite ugly (mostly because of the colors chosen.) But they are captivating, and the more you stare at the pages, the more sense they make. I suppose you'd have to spend some time thumbing through this book to agree, but if anything can be said about these guys for certain, it's that they are awesome typographers.