Book: Today Meets Yesterday

Taschen publishes its third book by the designer Yang Liu; it looks at ideas from yesterday and today through colourful pictograms

Designer Yang Liu’s Today Meets Yesterday is the third instalment of her pictogram series for Taschen.

It follows East Meets West and Man Meets Woman. Liu’s style is characterised through colourful combinations of graphic elements with incisive observations of behavioural patterns. Today Meets Yesterday explores fundamental shifts in society — observing day-to-day activities such as breakfast, shopping or nourishing habits — by opposing past and current habits of behaviour.

Liu also observes the impact of technology on humanity, the struggle between competing ideologies, historical issues and global dangers, including our interaction with the environment. As she did with her previous books, Liu opposes two main background colours, vivid blue and soft green, while the pictograms themselves remain in simple black and white.

Chinese designer Yang Liu was born in Beijing in 1976. After studying at the University of Arts Berlin she worked as a designer in London and Singapore, as well as in New York and Berlin. In 2004, she founded her studio Yang Liu Design. Since 2010, Liu holds a professorship at the Berlin Technical Art University. She won the renowned German Design Award and Red Dot Award for book design.