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Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits

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A chunky, distinctive object of brilliant design in and of itself, Stylepedia is the first handy, cross-referenced desk guide to the kaleidoscope that is modern design. In hundreds of illustrated entries, Heller and Fili, the award-winning authors of Euro Deco and numerous other popular design titles, survey the designers, schools, and movements that comprise the practice ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 9th 2006 by Chronicle Books
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Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who have feelings about Helvetica
Shelves: nonfiction
Stylepedia is what I've been skipping through just before I fall asleep, and I think it's been filling my dreams with Penguin book covers, William Morris prints, and Agit Retro details. Which is awesome.

This is more of a affectionate smorgasbord than comprehensive tome. Its own design is appealingly chunky and chock full of full-color, browsable goodness. A good book to own.
Tina Ye
May 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design, reference
More of a reference than an actual book with a beginning, middle, and end, . However this is how I read it, and now I have a pretty good sense of the sheer variety of so-called styles that the world has known at one time or another. I did feel like Steven Heller was making things up half the time, but that's okay because it was entertaining. Basically, if design were to perform in a variety show, this would be it. Also, great for fishing for ideas.
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
a great book for those who only have a few minutes at a time to read. Has great pictures and entrys on different art styles, graphic designers, fonts, aesthetic movements. just to hold this book is fun.
Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design
This is a pretty neat book, covering everything from Ed Fella to Santa Claus to Obey the Giant. Pretty good, if short, histories of various designers, styles, type foundries, etc. I just wish it had more illustrations.
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this book! If you ever need a quick and accurate guide to different design styles and movements, it doesn't get much better than this, Much better than using google! If you are a designer, this is pretty essential to read and re-read.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Superb overview—incomplete, of course, but completeness is impossible in such a book.
Aug 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great book, majorly heavy in content. Not a light read by any means!
Cody Hockin
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: design-resources
Great overview of different artistic styles that span many years and genres. But is an overview, not much depth to each.
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Steven Heller writes a monthly column on graphic design books for The New York Times Book Review and is co-chair of MFA Design at the School of Visual Arts. He has written more than 100 books on graphic design, illustration and political art, including Paul Rand, Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant Garde Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century, Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design Second Ed ...more
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