DIT lecturers launch book New Retro: Classic Graphics, Today's Designs

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05th November 09

DIT lecturers Teresa Breathnach and Brenda Dermody today launched their first book ‘New Retro: Classic Graphics, Today’s Designs’.

The book, which has already attracted positive acclaim from all corners of the world, is basically two books in one - a concise history of graphic design and an astute selection of contemporary work that makes great use of past inspiration. Published in English, Japanese and French by Thames & Hudson the book is one of only a handful of books about design written by Irish authors and published on an international scale by a major art/design publisher.

Drawing on classic examples from the history of graphic design, New Retro shows how the past can be updated to the needs of today. With over 650 illustrations across 240 pages, New Retro features a portfolio of the best international designs produced in recent years and is packed with examples of graphic design that make innovative use of past styles for new contexts.

This is definitely a publication for anyone interested in the ebb and tide of fashions and evolution of modern graphic design. Indeed, New Retro is an essential reference book and will prove invaluable to students, and to design professionals alike looking for inspiration.

Teresa Breathnach lectures in the history of design in the School of Art, Design & Printing at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Brenda Dermody practices as a designer and is also a lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology, where she chairs the Visual Communication Design progamme.

New Retro is published by Thames & Hudson (priced at £24.95). For more information see http://www.thamesandhudson.com/9780500514702.html.

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