Helmut Krone. The book.

Changes in 20th century print: typo-photo; the Creative Revolution.
Influence on US ads of Euro-modernist, socialist designers.
Growth of New York as advertising centre.
Influence of rag-trade and formation of DDB.

Major 20th century ad theorists.
Paul Rand's contribution and influence.
Influence of Alexey Brodovich on Creative Revolution art directors.

Bernbach's theories; how Krone fulfilled and influenced them.
The Creative Revolution and its consequence.
Ad art direction vs. graphic design; Form vs. Concept.

Krone's life and work - how it changed advertising.
The first 100 Volkswagen ads.
The entire Avis campaign - its origins and importance.
Krone's reactions to work of George Lois and Howard Gossage.
Wit and involvement. On planning as a creative function.
On creativity as practised in ad agencies.
The process of advertising from a creative perspective.

A smile in the mind. Beryl McAlhone & David Stuart.
Just when it seemed that graphic design had finally abandoned 'concept' - to grope form and style more comprehensively - along came this book (now in its third reprinting). A reprise of witty thinking in graphic design with many examples. All demonstrate the Creative Revolution precept that it's better to engage a readers brain, and involve them, rather than just catch their eye. Required reading for all graphics students.

Phaidon, London 1996.