Steven Bateman
Laurence King Publishing, London, 2011, English
Nonfiction, Graphic Design
9.7 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches, paperback, 336 pages, 1,400 illustrations
ISBN: 9781856697279
Suggested Retail Price: $40.00

Showcases more than 1,300 symbols, organized into groups and sub-groups according to their visual characteristics. Each category includes a short introduction, with expanded captions providing information on who the symbol was designed for, who designed it, when, and where appropriate, what the symbol stands for. These sections are interspersed with short case studies on both classic examples of symbols still in use, and exceptional examples of recently designed symbols

On 2 book lists
Debbie Millman

Pentagram partner Angus Hyland co-wrote and aggregated this encyclopedia-esque bible of symbols—over 1,300 of them. Organized by graphic genre, the book deconstructs many of the world’s greatest logos by symbol: shape, form—even hearts. Not only is Symbol overloaded with images, it is written with a warm, wonderful wit.

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