Posted by Todd Anderson on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Under: Books
In 1974 Walter Herdeg edited issue 165 of Graphis Diagrams, a square
hardback book showing the scientific side of graphic design. It contains
beautifully illustrated, full colour diagrams of abstract data and
theres also some lovely multi layered maps that use transparent papers.
The cover is a fantastic example of the modernist Swiss style of type
and design. It really is a thing of beauty, an iconic classic and I once
had a copy, or should I say, I may still have a copy... Somewhere! It
wasn't that I forgot I had it, but instead that I was recently reminded
when I turned to page 46 of Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne's
fantastic book '100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design', and there it was
in all it's glory, featuring in the chapter 'The Square Format!
am not completely sure of how this book came into my life. My father
was always great at picking up a bargain and may of bought it second
hand for his son. My family always supported my love of everything
creative. I may of even been given it, or did I buy it myself around the
time I was at college. I just think that I would remember buying such a
beautiful specimen of design!
To where it currently resides is a
complete mystery to me. I have been living overseas for many years and
my things are scattered in different countries, half way around the
world from each other. There are probably five places where this book
could potentially be and I just want it back in my life. I even did a
quick search to see if I could pick up a bargain copy, but it's changing
hands for hundreds of pounds (UK) these days. Im not surprised, its
worth it! It just shows that you really don't know what you have until
it's gone. I will hopefully someday add an addition to this post where
me and my copy of Graphis Diagrams are reunited.