Thursday, April 12, 2012


When stripes of MAGENTA and CYAN catch your eyes upon seeing the cover, you know it’s a well-designed book—“In short, to forge the new verbal-visual vernacular.”

This book is essentially just that.

Written and designed by Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Adam Michaels, The Electric Information Age Book explores how contemporary thinkers like McLuhan, Agel and Fiore formed a “visual vernacular” in communicating to the masses during the Information Age.

As design students in a Publicizing Creative Works course at Parsons The New School for Design, this is the perfect book of how the two worlds—information and design—collided, to which blogs like these are even made possible.
PS. Props to the dude who put the new layout together. Looks a lot better!

Anyways, asides from all the historical facts and information, I was personally inspired by the amount of creative juice these thinkers had during the 60’s and 70’s. They always experimented “for something completely different…” and they sure did a hell of a good job.

The most inspiring part of this book to me is the 1970 graphic masterpiece done by Agel and Fiore, collaborating with Buckminster Fuller, I Seem to Be a Verb: Environment and Man’s Future. Inspirational quotes for creative people with big ideas, plus an old man who looks just like the dancing old grandpa from the Six Flags commercials—how could you possibly not be inspired?
- Nina Choe

Now tell me they don't look alike :)


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