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 paul-rand.com). 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.