New to the library this month is three volume set The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design. These reference books are on the new book display until 14th June after which time they can be found on the shelves at shelfmark 745.403 BLO.
Wayfinding Design in the Public Environment by Andrew Hodson (741.6 HOD) can also be seen in display.
More details in the library catalogue Metsearch.
21 twenty one : 21 designers for twenty-first century Britain
This work showcases designers living and working in Britain who have come to prominence since the millenium. Combining interviews with commentary and evaluation, Gareth Williams examines what design means and has meant to Britain and British identity.
Pictoplasma : the character compendium / edited by Peter Thaler and Lars Den
From Pictoplasma, a compendium of character designs that aims to capture the essence of the contemporary scene. In all more than 900 individual characters are featured, by 200 international artists including….
Do take a look at this month’s Creative Review which celebrates 150 years of the London Underground.
“The history of the London Underground is the history of visual communications. We celebrate 150 years of the tube in CR March, where you can read about the evolution of the world-famous roundel, the Underground’s own instantly recognisable typeface, its long tradition of great posters, platform art, maps, much and more…”
Creative Review can also be accessed online through Art Full Text – follow this link to the e journals A – Z , search for Creative Review then follow the link.
You may also find these books of interest … London Undergound Maps: Art, Design and Cartography, London’s Underground Stations: A Social and Architectural Study, Underground Art: London Transport Poster, 1908 to the present, Mr Beck’s Underground Map and the DVD Design Classics
Today is the anniversary of the birth of Walter Gropius (1883-1969) – German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School.
This image (courtesy of Bridgeman Education) is of furniture designed by Gropius, now in Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, built in 1938.
The exhibition – Bauhaus: Art as Life is now on at The Barbican, London, and runs until 12th August 2012.
See the new self study display about The Bauhaus (books, DVDs and journal articles available from the library) in Howard Gardens Library from Friday 25th May.