AREA_2 is the second volume in Phaidon's acclaimed AREA series. This series is part of Phaidon's collection of ''10x10'' compendiums, including CREAM, FRESH CREAM, BLINK, 10x10, 10x10_2, and SPOON.
AREA_2 features 100 of the world's most interesting emerging graphic designers, as chosen by 10 of the most respected figures in the field. The book contains over 1,500 images that reveal the talents and trends of contemporary graphic design as it has evolved over the past five years. AREA_2 is an international, up-to-the-minute overview of graphic design today, featuring posters, books, magazines, typography, packaging, and ephemera that has influenced visual culture.
By E. A. Dijkstra - July 2, 2008
Excellent overview of current state of design. Although the book is a bit too heavy, don't try reading this in bed or on a plane, it is worth every penny. Compared to Area (the non-numbered first issue) this book focuses not only on paper based graphic design and I really don't know how one can assess or put a value on such a broad field of possibilities. It is still brilliant. For anyone assuming an investment in graphic design be it a box, a shop, a book, stationery or whatever needs an outside with colours or patterns, this book is a must-have, must read.
By D. Hunt - May 2, 2008
This is most certainly one of the best books Phaidon has published yet. Completely blows Area out of the water. Worth every penny.
Great Art and Design reference
By Ulisses F. Razaboni - June 2, 2010
One of my best acquisition. Not only the book is full of amazing references, you can also find in the end, all sites, design companies and names to explore even more.