The genius of Noma Bar

I’ve just been lucky enough to receive a belated Christmas present, a wonderful book showcasing the work of graphic design genius Noma Bar. I love the seeming simplicity of his work but which incorporates really clever ideas and concepts within.

I can’t improve on his own publisher’s (Thames & Hudson) description so here’s what they have to say:

“Noma Bar’s innovative, playful style has made him one of the most sought-after illustrators working today, with a broad range of commissions from magazines and newspapers – including Empire, the New York TimesWired, the Guardiana nd Time Out – and numerous private and advertising clients. His use of negative space and minimalist forms creates images with multiple readings that delight and surprise in equal measure. Each of Bar’s illustrations tells a story that is hidden in the details, with the message revealing itself in the double-take as you look more closely. Noma Bar has handpicked his most iconic illustrations and favourite works, each one displaying the distinctive style that has established his reputation. Each chapter focuses on topics he has explored in his inimitable style: ‘Less More’ (daily life), ‘Pretty Ugly’ (portraits), ‘In Out’ (sex), ‘Life Death’ (conflict) and ‘Rough Smooth’ (personal sketches).”

He has an Instagram account with disappointingly no posts (come on!) but does have a Twitter account where he posts latest work and news etc, well worth a follow.

Buy it from Amazon, and ignore the solitary and ridiculous 2 star review on there (current on time of posting). It’s been raved about in all the best style and design blogs/magazines. “Disappointing and repetitive.” – Pfffttt!!!

I also feel I should mention this book cover design, the subject matter is a ‘bit’ rude (sorry Mum) but if you know the book then this really is perfect.

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