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: 10/10/2007
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568987293

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.

Martin Venezky is founder of Appetite Engineers, a graphic design firm that worked on such projects as Speak and Open magazines, print material for the Sundance Film Festival, website for Pfau Architecture, exhibits for Reebok, and publications for Chronicle, Abrams, SFMOMA, and Thames & Hudson.

Venezky has been part of the San Francisco graphic design scene. He teaches at the California College of the Arts (CCA).

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