Christoph Niemann
Abrams, New York, 2012, English
Nonfiction, Graphic Design
6.25 x 8.75 inches, hardcover, 256 pages, 200 color illustrations, gatefolds
ISBN: 9781419702075
Suggested Retail Price: $24.95

From the Publisher. In July 2008, illustrator and designer Christoph Niemann began Abstract City, a visual blog for the New York Times. His posts were inspired by the desire to re-create simple and everyday observations and stories from his own life that everyone could relate to. In Niemann’s hands, mundane experiences such as riding the subway or trying to get a good night’s sleep were transformed into delightful flights of visual fancy. The struggle to keep up with housework became a battle against adorable but crafty goblins, and nostalgia about New York manifested in simple but strikingly spot-on LEGO creations. This brilliantly illustrated collection of reflections on modern life includes all 16 of the original blog posts as well as a new chapter created exclusively for the book.

On 3 book lists
Ken Carbone

Niemann is simply one of the best designer/illustrators practicing today. He never misses.

Thomas Girst

Christoph Niemann must be the most sought-after illustrator on the planet. His book Abstract City, published last year, includes his great visual work for the New York Times blog of the same name. The book’s epilogue is the bonus track to the 16 chapters that precede it. These illustrated thoughts on the “creative process” should be mandatory reading—and not only for those working in the cultural or artistic spheres. Sophistication and smiles do go together.

Maria Popova

Christoph Niemann is one of today's most masterful visual communicators, his illustrations at once endlessly refreshing and profoundly familiar in their ability to capture the universality of the human condition. Abstract City gathers 16 of his New York Times visual essays, infused with his signature blend of humor and thoughtfulness, exploring everything from his love-hate relationship with coffee to his obsession with maps to the fall of the Berlin Wall. An additional chapter on his creative process presents the ultimate cherry on top.

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