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Tibor Kalman, perverse optimist
Kalman, Tibor.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Princeton Architectural Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
420 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Personal Subject:
Format :


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Material Type
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NC999.4.K35 .A4 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is the first collection of graphic designer Tibor Kalman's work and ideas. This full-colour book is packed with illustrations, and includes a pictorial essay by Tibor; images of product designs, flipbook sections of his film and video work, and spreads from his magazines. Tibor Kalman's design work has been eclectic, ranging from journalism and publishing to advertising and graphic design.

Author Notes

Tibor Kalman is the founder of a successful design company, M&Co, and has been the creative director of Interview, the founding editor of Benetton's Colors magazine, and the design director for Barnes & Noble.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

From his introductory notes explaining the book's subtitle, Kalman demonstrates a clear contrariness to the common understanding of the role of graphic design. From window dresser and shopping bag designer of the nascent Barnes & Noble in the 1970s to founder and leader of the award-winning M & Co. design firm in the 1980s to his revolutionary anti-selling aesthetic as founding editor-in-chief at Benetton's Colors magazine, Kalman has sought out roles unfamiliar to him and done them in his own way. This hasn't stopped him from developing one of the best-known and most influential bodies of work in the field. If all this monograph did were to convey this complex personality‘as it does in the more than a dozen essays by and interviews with former clients and co-workers‘it would be a grand success. But, more than that, it surveys important work from his entire career in more than 600 illustrations, all thoughtfully captioned. Essential for all academic libraries, this addictively browseable tribute is also recommended for larger public libraries.‘Eric Bryant, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.