The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle: The Bauhaus and Design Theory (Hardcover)

The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle: The Bauhaus and Design Theory By Ellen Lupton (Editor), J. Abbott Miller (Editor) Cover Image

The ABC's of Triangle, Square, Circle: The Bauhaus and Design Theory (Hardcover)

By Ellen Lupton (Editor), J. Abbott Miller (Editor)


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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 Triangle, Square, Circle 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.
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.

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.
Product Details ISBN: 9781616897987
ISBN-10: 1616897988
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Pages: 72
Language: English
"Edited by two renowned graphic designers, The ABC's of ?¦? lives up to its subject in its own design, which elegantly integrates copious drawings, photographs, and typographic samples."
- CityLab

"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."
- Steven Heller, The Daily Heller

"[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."
- The Wall Street Journal

"A fascinating work of design theory and graphic design."
- Architectural Record

"From graphic design to psychoanalysis, childhood education and beyond, [the Bauhasu'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."
- Cool Hunting

"[2019] was the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Bauhaus school of design in Weimar, Germany. Muchmore 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."
- Financial Times (London)