Category Archives: Graphics

Animation & Graphic Communication

Our new books display features an array of new titles for Graphic Communication and Animation.

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These will be on display until 9th November, after which time they may be borrowed. Visit the library catalogue MetSearch to find out more about them, or to reserve a copy.


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New books: Graphic Design & Typography

raw dataRaw Data: Now that huge amounts of information can be gathered and processed with ever-greater speed, graphic designers and illustrators are playing a crucial role in explaining what all the collected data really means and how we can make sense of it to improve our personal and professional lives. More than just a survey of finished work, ‘Raw Data’ gets behind the final image to reveal how a stack of numbers can be transformed into a beautiful image rich with meaning and explanation

retro designGreetings from Retro Design: What is a true 1950s look, as opposed to a 1930s or 1940s look? This book addresses that question by thoroughly surveying the development of graphic design over the course of the 20th century. Timelines for each decade highlight key moments, styles and movements, while profiles of 30 influential graphic designers are interspersed throughout.
transforming typeTransforming Type: This title examines kinetic or moving type in a range of fields including film credits, television idents, interactive poetry, and motion graphics. As the screen increasingly imitates the properties of real-life environments, typographic sequences are able to present letters that are active and reactive. These environments invite new discussions about the difference between motion and change, global and local transformation, and the relationship between word and image. In this study, Brownie explores the ways in which letterforms transform on screen, and the consequences of such transformations.

hello i am ericHello I am Erik: “Erik Spiekermann is one of the best-known typographers and graphic designers in the world. He not only represents German typeface and corporate design like no other, but his work and companies he has founded have had an unparalleled influence on contemporary graphic design around the globe. The visual biography, Hello I am Erik, is the first comprehensive exploration of Spiekermann’s more than 30-year career, is body of work, and his mindset.”



These new books are currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library. Follow the links to the library catalogue for more information or to place a reservation. Available to borrow from 24th June.

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Illustration & Graphics – new books

100 Illustrators  Culled from the ‘Illustration Now’ series, this is a selection of today’s most successful and important illustrators from around the globe.91LakBliWYL

Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl


This is the first book to consider the controversial cover of the most notorious and acclaimed novel of the 20th century, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. It pairs essays by well-known design critics with a rich gallery of 60 brand-new Lolita covers, commissioned by leading book designers especially for this project.


Hand Made Illustration 51MAx3IETjL

‘Hand Made Illustration’ brings together the work of some of the most innovative, original, and creative illustrators from around the world, all of whom have one thing in common – a love of using traditional methods to creat their own unique works.


Modern Vintage Illustration 51URwCi2qmL

A survey of modern illustration that uses older styles of artistic expression to evoke a sense of another time and place. These vintage-style illustrations play with the past, subvert it on occasion, but always feel fresh.



See and read more about these new books on the current new book display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff library – available to view and reserve until 6th February, after which time they can be borrowed.








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New Books

 Books on books . . . .







In praise of beautiful books: British artists’ book makers and fine presses

Abecederia  Artist’s book. Alphabet book and graphic novel

 The book on books on artists’ books by Arnaud Desjardin

 Multiple signatures: on designers, authors, readers and users


Graphic Communication . . . .



Poster design: big size visuals. Editor, concept and project director Jose Maria Minguet

The field guide to typography: typefaces in the urban landscape by Peter Dawson

Nai¨ve: modernism and folklore in contemporary graphic design



 On display on the 2nd floor at Llandaff Library until 23rd January. They can be reserved using the library catalogue SUMMON.










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