Born and raised in Mexico City, Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit are founders of UnderConsideration, a graphic design enterprise that runs a network of blogs, publishes books, organizes live events, and designs for clients. Before establishing UnderConsideration, Bryony and Armin had worked in the industry for ten years. They are the authors of Women Of Design and Flaunt. They reside in Austin, TX.
Gomez-Palacio, Bryony & Armin Vit. Graphic Design, Referenced.
Rockport: Quayside. 2009. 400p. illus. index. ISBN
978-1-59253-447-0. $50. GRAPHIC ARTS
A major challenge of comprehensive books on graphic design is to fit the numerous dimensions of the field into a work that is logical and readable. The authors of this book, both founders of UnderConsideration, an online graphic design networking site, provide an accessible overview of graphic design in a very browsable format. Its success is owing to a general-to-specific subcategorization based on four main ideas: principles (typography, color, etc.); knowledge (important books, journals, schools, and repositories); representatives (notable designers, firms, and typefaces); and practice (design applied to book and music jackets, posters, products, etc.). Each entry includes full-color illustrations with one- or two-paragraph discussions on the related concepts. The index is thorough, and a brief illustrated time line at the book's beginning is also nice. VERDICT Highly recommended for design students as a supplement to the core texts mentioned above -- Library Journal, September 2009