Area_2Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors

Area_2 is the second volume in the graphics version of Phaidon's award-winning series of curated compendiums, which includes Cream, Fresh CreamBlink, 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. Specifications:

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 290 × 250 mm (11 3/8 × 9 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 448 pp
  • Illustrations: 1500 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714848556

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.

"As simple and effective as the original... Area_2 also widens its catch beyond just print media [...] providing a pretty thorough overview of the graphic design scene today."—Creative Review

"A substantial book, impressive in its scope and ambition... Area_2 is undoubtedly a cut above - a model in how to curate, organise and present graphic design in book form."—Design Week

"A sumptuous feast of graphic abundance... A hefty compendium of new and compelling graphic design... If you want to know what's hip, smart and fresh in international graphic design, here’s a surefooted guide... A fizzing cocktail of work from Asia, Europe Japan and USA, but also from Brazil, Cuba, Korea, Iran, Israel, Mexico and Nigeria."—Icon