Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936-1986
By Louise Sandhaus. With contributions by Lorraine Wild, Denise Gonzales Crisp, and Michael Worthington.
Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots is the first publication to capture the enormous body of distinctive and visually ecstatic graphic design that emanated from California throughout most of the twentieth century. Edited and designed by graphic designer Louise Sandhaus, this raucous gathering of smart, offbeat, groundbreaking graphic design from the "Left Coast" will amaze readers with its breadth and richness. The fruit of more than a decade of research, this substantial hardcover is arranged in four sections: "Sunbaked Modernism," "Industry and the Indies," "60s Alt 60s" and "California Girls."
More than 275 vibrant color reproductions of books and magazines designed by Merle Armitage, Alvin Lustig, Herbert Matter and Sheila Levrant DeBretteville are included, along with: posters for Disneyland, Cream and Herman Miller; Marget Larsen’s print ads for Joseph Magnin; title cards or title sequences for Lassie, The Smothers Brothers and other hit TV shows; title sequences for films from Taxi Driver to Tron; motion graphics from the earliest animated abstractions to the classic 7-Up "Bubbles" ad and Atari video games; immersive live shows of Bill Ham and Single Wing Turquoise Bird; architectural supergraphics by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Alexander Girard; print and environmental designs by Gere Kavanaugh and Deborah Sussman; and much, much more.
Designed by Louise Sandhaus
Published by Metropolis Books
Hardcover, 432 pages, full color, 7.5 × 10 inches