Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design

The folks over at Gestalten were kind enough to send me one of their newest releases, a book called Naive: Modernism and Folklore in Contemporary Graphic Design. I had seen the book around on a couple of blogs and as soon as I saw the beautiful Pietari Posti cover, I knew I needed it.

The book is 176 pages of art, drawings, paintings, cut outs and illustrations that have been inspired by minimalist designers like Saul Bass, Charley Harper and Alexander Girard. It’s an ode almost, to a more simple kind of art that was prevalent in the last 50 years, but seems to really be making a resurgence lately.

There’s a ton of great artists inside including Adrian Johnson, Darling Clementine, General Pattern, Human Empire, James Gulliver Hancock, Josh Cochran, Patent Pending, Silent Giant, The Heads of State and ton more. If you’re into any of the artists mention, I think you’d really love this book.


May 7, 2009