The only international guide to contemporary graphics juried and described by ten of the world's leading designers and critics.

Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors


Price: USD$90.00

Look Inside

  • An international, up-to-the-minute overview of graphic design today
  • 100 of the most creative designers to have emerged on the international scene over the past five years, chosen by 10 of the most respected figures in the field
  • More than 1500 full-color images showcasing the best of contemporary graphics, from posters to books to typefaces and beyond
  • An indispensable reference not only for students and graphic designers, but also for anyone interested in the visual trends shaping our culture


About the book
Area_2 is the second volume in the graphics version of Phaidon's award-winning series of curated compendiums, which includes Cream, Fresh Cream, Blink, 10x10, 10x10_2, and Spoon. Covering all manifestations of printed graphics created by the world's most visionary designers, Area_2 presents the posters, books, magazines, typography, packaging, and ephemera that has influenced visual culture over the past five years.


About the author(s)

Ruedi Baur is a graphic designer, educator, and the principal of Integral Ruedi Baur et Associes, located in Paris. Irma Boom is an award-winning book designer and educator, based in Amsterdam. James Goggin is founder and principal of the London-based design studio Practise. Julia Hasting is an award-winning book designer and the art director of Phaidon Press, New York. Ellen Lupton is a renowned design writer, educator, and curator, based in Baltimore, Maryland. Saki Mafundikwa is a designer, educator, and the founder of ZIVA, Zimbabwe's first graphic design and new media college. Jan Middendorp is a Dutch design writer and designer working in Berlin. Dan Nadel is the art director and publisher of the award-winning visual culture studio PictureBox Inc., located in Brooklyn, New York. Brett Phillips is principal of 3 Deep Design, located in Melbourne, Australia. Keiichi Tanaami is a renowned graphic designer and creative artist based in Tokyo.


Architizer: A+ Awards 2015
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