The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle
The Bauhaus and Design Theory
Ellen Lupton, J. Abbott Miller
Publication date: 03/05/2019
|The Bauhaus, the legendary school in Dessau, Germany, transformed architecture and design around the world. This book broke new ground when first published in 1991 by introducing psychoanalysis, geometry, early childhood education, and popular culture into the standard political history of the Bauhaus. The ABC's of The Bauhaus also introduced two young designers, Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller, whose multidisciplinary approach changed the field of design writing and research. With a new preface by Lupton and Miller, this collection of visually and intellectually stimulating essays is a must-read for educators and students.|
Ellen Lupton is the senior curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and founding director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is author of Thinking with Type and Graphic Design: The New Basics.
J. Abbott Miller uses design to explore and interpret art, architecture, performance, fashion, and design. As a partner in the New York office of Pentagram, he combines the work of editor, writer, curator, and designer.
Lupton and Miller are both recipients of the AIGA Medal for lifetime achievement.
Editorial ReviewsWall Street Journal:
"[T]he most revealing of all the recent books on this subject might be the thinnest... The book is just 69 pages, but it accomplishes what the other books on the Bauhaus don't, which is to demonstrate, in concise language and clear graphics, exactly how Bauhaus design theory works in practice."Financial Times (London):
" was the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Bauhaus school of design in Weimar, Germany. Much more than an architectural style, the school promoted an educational theory and a strict design language. This is a reissue of a 1991 book, part design history, part playful typographic investigation into the Bauhaus process. This book will appeal to anyone particularly interested in the school's approach to graphic design, and its enduring influence."Steven Heller, The Daily Heller:
"This rare beauty is among the early joint works of its illustrious editors. It is also an extremely important primer for anyone who knows the legend but not the story of the Bauhaus and its methods....The Princeton Architectural Press new hardcover version is a standard for any design history class."CityLab:
"Edited by two renowned graphic designers, The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle lives up to its subject in its own design, which elegantly integrates copious drawings, photographs, and typographic samples."Cool Hunting:
"From graphic design to psychoanalysis, childhood education and beyond, [the Bauhaus's] influence is undeniable. Along with typographical design, diagrams, symbols and various illustrations, [The ABCs of Triangle, Square, Circle: The Bauhaus and Design Theory] is a fascinating lesson in a wildly significant movement."