A celebration of sixty innovators in art, design, fashion and other creative fields.
Bold colors, stylish type sizes and faces, arresting full-page photographs, and sophisticated layout and design work together to make perusing this handsome compendium on currents in contemporary arts one of the most exhilarating, page-turning experiences of the year. Under the direction of general editor Lucas Dietrich (XS: Big Ideas, Small Buildings), 25 established practitioners and critics such as Hans Obrist, John Maeda, Alastair Fuad-Luke, and Yves Béhar profile five innovators in their respective fields. A sampling of featured artists includes Taryn Simon and Christopher Williams (photography), Tom Ford and Miuccia Prada (fashion), Ben Fry and Jonathan Harris (graphic design), Swoon and Space Invader (street art), Justin Francis and William McDonough (green world), and Wendy Selzer and Natalie Jeremijenko (new media). Each section is introduced by "On Innovation" statements that serve as manifestos of creativity, inspiration, and invention for that area. Much is made of technological advances, geopolitical and ecological concerns, blurring and crossing of media boundaries, mass creative collaborations, and "humanizing the digisphere." VERDICT Fascinating insights into global projects that may predict future directions are presented here in an informative and visually appealing format. Highly recommended for design and contemporary arts students and professionals.—Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL