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‘Paula Scher: Works (Concise)’

Publications — Jun 12, 2018

Paula Scher’s monograph from Unit Editions is back in print in a new edition.

Paula Scher: Works, the monograph of the groundbreaking graphic designer and Pentagram partner first published by Unit Editions in 2017, is now back in print in a new paperback “concise edition” after the original edition quickly sold out. The 326-page book covers Scher’s career to date, featuring projects ranging from her early days in the music industry as an art director with CBS and Atlantic Records, through the launch of her first studio, Koppel & Scher, to her 25-year engagement with Pentagram.

Co-edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy and designed by Spin, the book organizes Scher’s work chronologically into several thematic sections. It opens with a long interview with the designer, then moves into her record covers from the 1970s and 80s. Other chapters look at her approach to identity design and environmental graphics and its impact on New York’s urban fabric—as seen in work for clients from MoMA to Charter Schools; from the High Line to Shake Shack—as well as her logos for global corporations and cultural institutions. 

A section on authorship is devoted to the designer’s socially and politically-motivated posters, New York Times Op-Ed illustrations and campaign work. The book also provides the most up-to-date look at Scher’s hand-painted maps, as well as her longstanding collaboration with The Public Theater, which spans over 20 years.

Order your copy here.

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