21 Jun
The discovery of classical modernism in current graphic design

The Modernist is another edition to Gestalten’s collected body of books that “document and anticipate vital movements in design, illustration, architecture, and typography as well as urban and contemporary design.” The book is a collection of work in contemporary graphic design and illustration that is heavily influenced by classic modernism, usually created with a limited palette of colors, tools and geometric forms. By embracing these restraints the work seems both contemporary and timeless, as it has taken visual nods from functionalism and pragmatism. In The Modernist, the viewer is taken through a journey that sees many artists use the best aspects of design from the ‘90s such as vector graphics and construction while straying away from simply copying work from the 1960s and 1970s. The use of computer programs may not dominate the overall scheme of classic modernism, but is clearly used to exaggerate elements that weren’t possible in previous decades. This matter-of-fact design approach is documented in the softcover 192-page book. The Modernist is available for $55 (€35).

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