How Posters Work, by graphic designer and curator Ellen Lupton, explores the history of posters through the lens of hands-on design practices. Broken into sections such as “Simplify,” “Focus the eye,” and “Exploit the diagonal,” this book provides context not only for the posters themselves, but for how design decisions have been made across time. The informative and educational text is accompanied by over 330 images from the collection of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Ellen Lupton (b. 1963) is curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and recipient of the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal.