- 700 colour illustrations
- 384 pages
- 9⅞ x 7¾ ins
- ISBN 9781780672793
- Published September 2014
This book charts contemporary illustration’s rich history: the rampant idealism of the 1960s, the bleak realism of the 1970s, the over-blown consumerism of the 1980s, the digital explosion of the 1990s, followed by the increasing diversification of illustration in the early twenty-first century.
The book explores the contexts in which the discipline has operated and looks historically, sociologically, politically and culturally at the key factors at play across each decade, whilst artworks by key illustrators bring the decade to life.
Contemporary illustration’s impact and influence on design and popular culture are investigated through introductory essays and profiles of leading practitioners, illustrated with examples of their finest work.
Foreword Introduction: What is Illustration? / Chapter 1 The 1960s: An Era of Utopian Idealism / Chapter 2 The 1970s: A Decade of Discontent / Chapter 3 The 1980s: The Designer Decade / Chapter 4 The 1990s: The Digital Dawn / Chapter 5 The 2000s: A New Wave / Chapter 6: Where Next? / Further Reading – Books / Further Viewing – Digital / Further Info – Organisations / Contacts – Illustrators and Contributors / Index / Acknowledgements