The result is 100 discerning recommendations of practitioners from all over world working in a range of different styles. It’s a generously spaced book with each designer given four pages to show their work, which sits alongside a critical essay by the particular selecting curator (who include James Goggin, Ellen Lupton, Jan Middendorp and Irma Boom). Designed by Julie Hasting, the designer behind the beautiful fashion book, Sample (that came complete with pleated pages), Area_2 runs to a hefty 450 pages and contains 1,500 images displayed over a gridless layout. It also widens its catch beyond just print media, as in Area, providing a pretty thorough overview of the graphic design scene today.
Phaidon; £45. See phaidon.com