Paul Rand: A Designer's Art

For some reason, Paul Rand's stunning monograph A Designer's Art was out of print for several years. Fortunately, Princeton Architectural Press have done the decent thing and published a new edition, with a new afterword by Steven Heller. Over 27 essays, Rand discusses a wide range of subjects still pertinent to design in 2017, all accompanied by numerous examples of his work (more of which can be found at Demonstrating Rand's ability to simplify shape and colour and space into the most striking form, it's surprising how contemporary much of it seems – there are posters and covers and identities in here from seventy years ago that could've been made yesterday. It's a stunning collection and valuable education from one of design's greatest teachers; open it on any page and there's something incredible or thought-provoking that will spark inspiration. An essential read.