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on 6 October 2013
I'm a graphic design student at London College of Communication, and I've found this book completely indispensable.

Constantly throughout my degree I'm asked to find reference or inspiration from contemporary design practice, and every time this book yields something awesome to use.

To some extent it's possible to just look online to try and find inspiring design work, BUT the picture you get is always way more piecemeal and patchy. With this book, you get a total and detailed survey of design culture as it actually is.

Work is displayed beautifully alongside words from the designers themselves, through which are shown insights and visual ideas that you'd never think of yourself, or find by clicking around on blogs.

It's these deeper themes which put New Graphic Design beyond the level of simple anthology or catalogue of stuff designers have done. It becomes more of a road map for Graphic Design culture in the modern age.

Also, it looks really lovely on the shelf, which is always a plus.

If you want to be on top of graphic design at the moment, you pretty much have to buy this.
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The cover says: 'The 100 best contemporary graphic designers' and it's probably true because as I looked through the pages I was overwhelmed by the creativity and control evident in so many of these examples. The range of work is impressive, obviously print comes first with books, brochures and posters but also included is packaging, exhibitions, web pages, infographics and more.

My favourites in the book include Irma Boom's remarkable publications, Loise Fili and her beautiful typographic covers, Hilary Greenbaum's work for the New York Times magazine 'Who made that' feature, Aron Jancso with some clever typographic designs he produced for himself and Oliver Munday who created an alphabet out of those cheap miniature plastic soldiers kids play with. There are two other alphabets that caught my eye, one using fashion photography of body parts from Yvette Yang and another from Zim & Zou using woven orange, blue and white thread. Oddly there are hardly any logos in the book.

The hundred designers featured (and this includes design groups) each get between three and six pages, the first one includes their design philosophy (predictably they're rather repetitive) training, location and website. All the images in these mini portfolios are reproduced large enough to get a feel of each project and they all have captions though I think it would have been helpful to have included the dimensions and maybe a reference to paper and printing process. The book is printed on a good matt art with a 175 screen.

The Fiell's have edited a worthwhile overview of contemporary graphic design which should interest anyone who works in this area of creativity.
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on 6 November 2015
This book isn't the general, independent selection of the best design it sets out to pretend it is. Considering the mix and the set-up (with bio and web adresses of designers etc), the entries are most likely editorial "ads", paid by the selected designers. Some nice stuff in there but I wouldn't have bought it had I realised what it actually contained.
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on 8 February 2016
Good as inspitation book
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on 12 March 2015
This book is heavy, which is not efficient to take it out from your workspace, and it was published on 2013. Despite of that, this book has a great quality content.
You may use this book as reference for doing graphic design things, such as designing layout for poster, or, even for your self-project/portfolio.
There are many design examples from design studio around the world in this book. Thus, it might help you to see the point of view from the others graphic designer outside from your country.

The price that Amazon gave also nice and affordable (the real price on the book back cover is £35), super saver delivery totally saving for your pocket.
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on 29 October 2013
This item was delivered within 2 days of ordering, which was fantastic.

I purchased this to help me have a greater knowledge before hopefully studying Graphic Design at University. This book contains a wide variety of designers, artists and photographers that will be helpful for having an increased understanding of this particular area.

Would definitely recommend for those currently studying graphic design or hoping to! I cannot fault it.
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on 14 December 2015
Great book
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on 27 January 2014
Arrived fast and in really good condition, was really well covered up and protected from the post. Was bought as a present and really well enjoyed by the recipient
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