“intrigue –the graphic designer’s code” is the title of this visually–exciting book. Consider the book to be a portal into the mind of Jan Erasmus, one of South Africa’s finest graphic designers. The work selected for discussion and reproduction represents projects which presented a real challenge from a designer’s point of view. In these projects Jan challenges conventions and Modernist design principles, often making use of a deconstructive approach.
Making use of over 130 illustrations, Jan discusses the motivation and approach for each design created. From universal starting points inherent in the subject, he describes his engagement in a thought process leading to significantly different and unpredictable interpretive results. When designers understand something of themselves and their approach, design becomes an exciting personal process which produces insightful work containing an element of surprise.