"Get up off your grid, and look at this book packed with inspiration and information about the pioneers and radicals and experimenters who broke the rules of design even before they were proofread. Graphic Icons offers colorful and painless lessons in design history, and sparks insights into the social context and intrigue that were the stage on which this brilliance flared." --Stephen Doyle, Creative Director, Doyle Partners
"Graphic Icons is a book that probably everyone assumed already existed but didn’t. We owe a debt of gratitude to graphic designer John Clifford for making sure it does. What a labor of love: Clifford’s reverence for the greats of the profession is apparent on every gorgeous page of the book. Sure to become required reading for any graphic design student (but also ideal for the coffee table), Graphic Icons is 240 pages of pure inspiration. The book includes most of the designers you’d expect: Lissitsky to Lustig, Lois to Landor. But despite that sense of recognition on nearly every page it’s just amazing how fresh all the work feels. In fact, there is so much terrific visual (and written) information here that my only complaint is that the book isn’t much, much longer." --Allison Arieff, Book Board Member, Designers and Books
“Simple and straight-forward. I really like the clarity of the presentation, and the list is first-rate.” --Tom Geismar, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
"Wonderful! It's a concise overview, and the selection of images is well considered." --Rudy VanderLans, Emigre
About the Author
is an award-winning graphic designer/creative director, and principle at Think Studio, a New York City design firm. His recent projects include collateral for The World Financial Center, the L.L. Bean 100th-anniversary book, web design for Maine Road Management, packaging for Paul Labrecque Haircare, and books on architecture, photography, and popular culture for The Monacelli Press, Yale School of Architecture, and Abrams. Previously, Clifford worked at Doyle Partners, Platinum Design, William Stout Publishers, and Chronicle Books, as well as in marketing and sales in the entertainment industry. He has designed for notable clients like Pantone, Saks Fifth Avenue, Martha Stewart, Barnes & Noble, and David Byrne. Clifford has also taught at Parsons School of Design, judged the I.D. Annual Design Review, and written for The Designer's Review of Books.