Ages ago, I shared a few choice visuals from one of my favorite books, It Is Beautiful…Then Gone but not enough to do it justice. This book is one that I go back to repeatedly because it’s mostly collage-based but has a strong sense of design weaving throughout its pages. I made collages long before I was a designer and this book reminds me of why I love it so much.
A lot of the work here was produced in the early 90s as the author struggled to find his footing in art school. The transition from creating design by hand to using computers was in full swing. Instead of fully embracing the clumsy computers, he revived many of his school’s forgotten relics including the darkroom and wove together his own unique style.
Though Venezky’s style has visible design roots, the hand-done elements are obvious and give his work dimension — you can see the photocopied pieces and the layers of the overlapping images. His work is a reminder that we don’t have to be totally dependent on computers to create a layout and that sometimes, it’s necessary to step away to push our personal boundaries.