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All Access: The Making of 30 Extraordinary Graphic Designers [Hardcover]

Stefan Bucher
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29 Oct 2004
All Access takes a "before they were stars" look at twenty-five giants in the graphic design industry by juxtaposing an edited selection of "the stars' greatest hits" with their "pre-fame" work. Author Stefan Bucher showcases their visual history, the first pieces that made them stars, their transitional work and the eventual breakthrough pieces that caused their names to be known around the world. Insightful text exploring mentors, education and eureka moments complements this visual timeline illustrating the journey from struggling novice to master designer. In addition to the twenty-five giants, Bucher also profiles twenty of the most exciting upcoming design stars from around the globe. As with the masters, Bucher explores their road to early success and showcases the groundbreaking and inspiring work that is currently lifting these young designers into the spotlight.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (29 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592530796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592530793
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 21.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 646,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stefan G. Bucher is the Art Director of Pasadena-based 344 Design designing CD packages for Sting, Minority Report, The Matrix, Solar Twins, Whitney Houston, Alanis Morrissette, S Club 7 and Bossa:nova. In addition, he is responsible for the Roxio "Burning CD" logo as well as for the five and a half pound annual American Photography 17 for which he received the 2002 D&AD Silver Award for "Most Outstanding Complete Book Design". His work has been recognized by Aiga, the Art Directors Club, the American Center for Design, the One Show, the Type Directors Club, How, Print, Step, Novum and Communication Arts Magazine.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Inspiring! 28 April 2006
Format:Paperback
This has a kind of 'before they were famous' approach where 15 already well-known and established designers and 15 little-known but up&coming designers are highlighted through their work and their thoughts. The book is well put together, is easy to dip in & out of and makes fascinating reading. There's a great timeline which runs through the whole book which has a kind of 'greatest hits' theme. Anyone interested in what makes designers tick will really enjoy this book. Similarly if you bought 100 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers this has a similar appeal. ENJOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Accessible 27 April 2005
By Habro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Stefan Bucher's All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers is a fantastic addition to any designers collection, and a true guide for young designers.

The book traces the origins, and development of over thirty graphic designers from (in some cases) infancy, to the present. I have never read a book on design which was more truthful from the designers' standpoint. It speaks of their first memories creating, and how those moments shaped their lives and careers. It also describes, in their own words what motivates them, and what discouraged them in their careers.

Its not a theoretical description of what design should be, but a realistic show-piece of actual practical work, with specific examples of the thought behind the piece.

Nothing else like it out there. Real people with relevant experiences to share, and invaluable lessons to be learned. Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New designer? Old pro? Doesn't matter. . .buy this book. 24 May 2005
By James Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Eureka! There really is no other design book quite like Stefan Bucher's All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers. The book offers a privileged glimpse at the thoughts/processes/experiences that do indeed make the 30 featured designers so extraordinary.

Extremely well-researched, beautfully written, and of course, flawlessly designed. Bucher's tone is refreshingly sincere, even kind in its approach (em dash) a big part of why I never wanted to put it down once I began reading it. Whether you're a cover-to-cover type or a skimmer, you'll find every aspect of this book extremely accessible.

Highly recommended reading/viewing for anyone interested in design. Make it the default gift to all the creatives in your life and you can't go wrong. And if you ever get an opportunity to see him speak in front of an audience, you must not pass it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ NOW! 3 Jun 2005
By nicholas cottrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
After seeing Stefan's presentation at the recent San Diego Y Conference, I had to read his book. In addition to an awesome layout and beautiful typography, All Access features profiles on some of the most innovative and inspiring designers in the industry today. I especially enjoyed reading about the evolution of each designer's career path, from the early struggles to world renowned success. A must-read for anyone passionate about design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight about the professionals 15 Feb 2006
By Devoted Satellite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love this book. There is a ton of info but writer/designer Stefan Bucher has layed it out in an eye-catching, extremely functional way and I appreciate that. The insight into the designers lives and working process is something you just won't find in another book. I find it inspiring for us wannabe designers! As an artist or designer, this is a must-read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Design Book to, well, READ! 17 Jun 2005
By artkitten - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
All Access is one of the most abundant, interesting design books I've had the pleasure to comb through. Most design publications are a pleasant visual trip, but All Access has not only engaged my eyes, but pulled me in to read every entertaining, inspiring word. I would recommend this book to everyone from the seasoned design professional to someone who is only remotely interested in graphic design. It could change the latter to the former....
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