Autumn 2019

More pics than crit

Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design

By Theo Inglis. Design by Theo Inglis and Gemma Doyle. Batsford, £20

This book is a welcome survey of a vibrant and witty design approach prevalent in the 1940s, 50s and early 60s. Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design is generously illustrated with more than 600 examples of designs from Europe and the United States by practitioners such as Alvin Lustig, Elaine Lustig Cohen, Ivan Chermayeff, Corita Kent, Abram Games and Ken Garland. The work was made for international corporations, national government campaigns and cultural enterprises.


Cover from Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design.
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pread showing covers for Fortune magazine (top) and book covers by designers such as Erik Nitsche, Paul Rand, Alvin Lustig and George Giusti.

Cover of Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design. Design by Theo Inglis and Gemma Doyle.

Alex Cameron, editorial designer, lecturer and design writer, Madrid

Read the full version in Eye no. 99 vol. 25, 2019


Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues.