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tat* – Inspirational Graphic Ephemera

Tat* is a bit of a graphic designer’s curse. Walk into any design studio and you’ll see bits and pieces of graphic ephemera pinned to the walls or taped to a computer screen. Even the purist will have a secret cache hidden away somewhere. Designer Andy Altmann has been collecting tat for more than 30 years. He finds inspiration in the ordinary, and magic in the mundane. Finally he has decided to share his collection with the world. Conceived and edited by Andy, this is the apotheosis of tat. A visual treasure trove, full of surprises, it should find a place on every graphic designer’s desk.

* tat (noun) – anything that looks cheap, is of low quality, or in poor condition; junk, rubbish, debris, detritus, crap, shite

Andy Altmann is a founding partner at Why Not Associates, one of the UK’s leading multi-disciplinary design companies. Although he trained as a graphic designer, Andy’s work typically blurs the boundary between design and art. His projects range from exhibition design to postage stamps, via advertising, publishing, television titles, commercials, corporate identity and large-scale public art. The common thread is a fundamental love of typography, research and experimentation.

Author and designer
Andy Altmann

25 × 21cm
10 × 8 ¼ in
400 colour illustrations
£45.00 | £60.00

ISBN 978-1-911422-27-3