It Is Beautiful, then Gone

Martin Venezky

     7 × 9.5 in (17.8 × 24.1 cm)
192 pages
1392 color illustrations, 35 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 3/1/2005
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568984568

Martin Venezky is not your typical point-and-click designer. While he is adept at operating a mouse, he is just as comfortable cutting and pasting type from old books or collaging found signs or making his own photographs. What results are the unique creations of a unique eye. And with this eye and his design firm, Appetite Engineers, Venezky has created beautiful and influential work for Speak and Open magazines, the Sundance Film Festival, Reebok, and numerous publishers and arts institutions.

It Is Beautiful...Then Gone presents Venezky's commercial design work as well as new graphic work created for the book; details of the wall collage that define his office and his aesthetic; the singular photography, collections, and notebooks that define his personality; and text that explains--or at least questions--it all. Venezky's philosophy that life and design are a continuation of each other permeates this elegant book filled with hundreds of idiosyncratic, deeply wrought examples.

After a decade of designing in San Francisco and teaching at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Martin Venezky is currently teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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