French art director and designer Sébastien Hayez, who publishes the website Designers Books, says that two years ago a number of young graphic designers he knows became interested in the output of Zurich-based ABC Verlag books. “It could be a trendy passion that passed after reading some volumes. But for people who have the opportunity to read these books, they know that it’s a real treasure.”
Hayez says that while looking for an old Graphis Annual on eBay, he stumbled upon Form + Communication and Signet Signal Symbol, both published by ABC Verlag and written by Walter Diethelm.
“Content is king in these books,” he writes on his site. “When most design books today only display design samples by studios … ABC books are pushing the boundaries to give a body to the philosophy. Samples are so strictly chosen that it appears to be a philosophy by itself.”
He has recently written a brief history of ABC books that will appear in The Shelf Journal #4.
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