By Paul Belford
Association of Illustrators U.K.
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
280 pages, Illustrated.
The Association of Illustrators' annual has been showcasing the very best of contemporary British illustration for over 30 years. Standing apart from other annuals by virtue of its jury-selected content, the "Images" back catalogue provides an ideal overview of the wealth and variety of illustration being produced in the UK today."Images 32" showcases 400 works selected by an international panel of judges, which includes award winning design duo, Non-Format, Menno Kluin, (Art Director at Saatchi and Saatchi in New York) and design consultant and acclaimed writer and editor of illustration magazine, Varoom, Adrian Shaughnessy.Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are presented in the categories: Advertising, Books, Design & New Media, Editorial, Self-Promotion and New Talent.
The Critic's Award, which was introduced in 2004 to further critical debate on illustration, was this year selected by Alice Rawsthorne, former Director of the Design Museum in London and Design Critic for the "International Herald Tribune".The introduction is written by David Downton, fashion illustrator to the rich and famous, while Paul Belford and John O'Reilly have commented on the state of illustration in design and advertising.
"Images 32" is the only jury-selected illustration annual in the UK and this year unveils an additionally improved design concept, a new format and expanded editorial content. With its functional but contemporary layout, "Images 32" not only makes the search for established illustrators and emerging new talent easy but is also enjoyable. An indispensable tool for leading commissioners, this catalogue of excellence is an essential publication for academics, students and practitioners alike.
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