This visual sourcebook of classic designs allows any contemporary designer to authentically simulate the timeless styles of the past. Retro Graphics offers a wide range of design modules that not only explain where each style originated and how it was used at the time, but also itemise its defining characteristics to make it easy to recreate today.
Each historic style is broken down into its individual component parts. Each design detail – from ornamentation and illustration style, to color palettes and letterforms – is analysed and explained. The focus here is on the evergreen graphic styles of the nineteenth century and the major design movements of the twentieth century – everything from Gothic Revival, Art Nouveau, and Futurism to Cool Jazz of the 1950s, Pop Art of the 1960s, and the Post Modernism of the 1970s and 1980s.
Richly illustrated and meticulously researched, Retro Graphics is a visual encyclopedia of all the ingredients that go into myriad design styles – a book that is as meticulous in its research as it is rich in its illustration and inspiration.