Guest blogger Rick Poynor—also a Designers & Books commentator—brings us five books published this year worth exploring this summer. — SK
Guest blogger: Visual culture critic Rick Poynor (Design Observer, London)
These books about graphic design, typography, and photography would all make fine summer reading and viewing, though none is the kind of lightweight volume that can be slipped in a pocket or beach bag. Take two or three of these monsters on vacation and you will need an extra case. Overviews of this type—wallpapered with images, exhaustive in sweep, if not definitive—are one reason why devotees of the graphosphere still depend on the printed page. With reproductions this alluring, possessing one of these surveys feels half like owning the seductive originals they gather and display.