Tom Geismar

Graphic Designer / United States / Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

Tom Geismar’s Book List

Eclectic interests. An eclectic list.

12 books
Thomas Wolfe

An early influence.

Saul Steinberg

Classic early Steinberg.

Robert Massin

Type as image over the centuries. Many rare examples.

Alan Fletcher

An amazing collection of obscure thoughts and observations. Endlessly entertaining.

Bernard Rudofsky

Explains Japanese thought and aesthetics in an original and insightful way.

Jonathan Safran Foer

Imaginative and touching.

Peter Hessler

An amusing and insightful account of two cultures meeting.

Leon Friend
Joseph Hefter

Published in 1936, it was, some years later, my introduction to the concept of graphic design. Leon Friend was a high school teacher in Brooklyn who became mentor to many outstanding designers.

Joseph Ellis

Using just a few events, Ellis brings vividly to life the complexity that was Jefferson.

Philip Roth

A brilliant, moving work. Roth at his best.

Lancelot Thomas Hogben

A wide-ranging “kaleidoscope of human communication” by a famous British scientist/humanist.

Paul Rand

The first Rand book, and still the best.

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