- Page Count: 128
- Size: 6.75 x 7.75 inches
- Format: Casebound with rounded corners
- Publication Date: June 2005
- Price: $19.95
- ISBN: 978-0-9725636-9-7
Warning labels have become ubiquitous, placed on everything from take-out coffee cups to heavy machinery. People are constantly cautioned against potential injury or death by wordless pictures. Unnoticed, often unheeded, warning labels contain a special graphic language. Designed to ensure clarity of a message, the visual simplicity of warning labels provides for clear meaning, though frequently awkward and often comical.
Humans are reduced to stick figures, their actions portrayed through ellipses and arrows, as they navigate this danger-filled world. As they fall from ladders, get scorched by fire, tumble out of cranes and get fatally wrapped in crankshafts, the stick figures throw their hands in the air: a dramatically silent “Oh no!”
Warning is a collection of some 160 macabre warning labels from around the world, depicting the worst hazards imaginable. Be entertained, be amused, but most of all, be forewarned!
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Nicole Recchia is a graphic designer and graduate of Pratt Institute with a special interest in the weird of industrial and graphic design. She is currently the production manager at Mark Batty Publisher.