Logo books are great, we all know that. In most cases, the books feature logos which were created for companies or organizations. In rare occasions you can find a book that’s different from all others, though. A book that is not about company logos, but about logos from places most of us love to be at. Art Symbols (1992) by Paul Ibou is one of them.
Art Symbols contains a selection of symbols and logos of famous museums, galleries, art & design exhibitions, cultural institutions and manifestations all over the world. The logos and logotypes created by reputed artists, graphic designers, architects, etc. have been carefully selected by Paul Ibou.
This book is a magnificent and unique publication since there simply aren’t that many books covering only art symbols. Another interesting addition to this book is the introduction written by Wim Crouwel. He explains why art galleries etc. started needing a logo and why they needed to act as companies to gain visitors and attention. Briefly said, a lot of art galleries lost the financial support from governments. Because of that, they needed to find new and different ways to attract visitors and thus gain income to secure their existence.
Art Symbols is definitely a one of a kind logo book. Because of the choice to place one logo on a single sheet, all logos splash right into your face, leaving you amazed every time you turn a page.