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Tom Eckersley By Paul Rennie

Tom Eckersley by Paul Rennie

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An overview of twentieth century giant of graphic design Tom Eckersley, packed with hundreds of his instantly recognisable, bright and colourful posters.

Tom Eckersley Summary

Tom Eckersley: A Mid-century Modern Master by Paul Rennie

Tom Eckersley (1914-1997) was an English poster artist and design teacher, and part of the 'outsider' generation that transformed graphic design in Britain in the mid-century era. As a graphic designer and poster artist, he was at the forefront of the explosion of print culture in Britain during the 20th century.

He is best known for his posters, which used bold, bright colours and flat graphic shapes to convey their message in a simple and effective way. His design work spans WWII and the decades following, and his impressive client list includes the BBC, Ministry of Information, British Rail, the Post Office, Guinness, Keep Britain Tidy, London Transport, Imperial War Museum, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Gilette, Ealing Films, Shell and BP.

The book is packed with Eckersley's instantly recognisable, bright and colourful posters. Design writer Paul Rennie gives an overview of his career and explains the impact Eckersley's work had - and continues to have - on graphic design today.

Tom Eckersley Reviews

'With designs dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, it is as much a picture of a changing Britain ... as a song of praise to Eckersley's ticklish wit and visual ingenuity'

-- The Daily Telegraph

'A fascinating exploration of Eckersley's life and work'

-- Creative Review

'This illustrated biography highlights [Eckersley's] fundamental role in the transformation of 20th-century graphic design and offers a fascinating portrait of an evolving Britain'

-- Daily Mail and MailOnline

About Paul Rennie

Paul Rennie is subject leader in context of Graphic Design Communication at Central Saint Martins. He is the author of Modern British Posters and runs Rennies Seaside Modern in Folkestone, Kent, a shop that specialises in British 20th-century art and design.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 North-westernism
The Modern Machine-ensemble and Manchester, the Great City of Progress
Dissent, Design and Progress
The Modern Machine-ensemble
The Making of Manchester (a grand city of progress)
North-western Dissenting Radicalism
CHAPTER 2 Early Years
Illness and Reading, and Drawing
Salford School of Art
Paul Nash (1889-1946)
Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954)
Adolphe Mouron (Cassandre) (1901-68)
CHAPTER 3 London and the 1930s
A Network of Patronage
Patrons of the Poster
Other Work
CHAPTER 4 1940s
Crisis and Compatriots
Safety and Industrial Production
Post-war RoSPA
The Wartime GPO
The Post-war Environment
Book Illustrating
Ealing Films
CHAPTER 5 1950s
International Colleagues and Outlook
Alliance Graphique Internationale
Poster Design, 1954
The Design Research Unit and Mass Observation
Artist Partners
London College of Printing (LCP), Back Hill
CHAPTER 6 1960s
Modern Design and Modern Life
Teaching in the 1960s
Design Work in the 1960s
1960s Poster Design
CHAPTER 7 1970s and Beyond
Retirement and Reputation
Work for London Transport, 1970s and Beyond
Design Legacies
Visual Communication, Economy, Social Progress and Intelligence
Colour Lithography
The Lithographic Poster in Modern Life
Photo-mechanical and Offset Reproduction
The Offset Poster and Modern Life
Post-war Printing
The Ideas Poster
Power: Position, Scale and Point of View
Flat Colour
Sparkle and Pattern
How Posters Survive
Poster Sizes
Picture credits

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Tom Eckersley: A Mid-century Modern Master by Paul Rennie
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