"Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design" brings together the best of designer Michael Bierut's critical writingserious or humorous, flattering or biting, but always on the mark. Bierut is widely considered the finest observer on design writing today. Covering topics as diverse as Twyla Tharp and ITC Garamond, Bierut's intelligent and accessible texts pull design culture into crisp focus. He touches on classics, like Massimo Vignelli and the cover of "The Catcher in the Rye," as well as newcomers, like "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern" and color-coded terrorism alert levels. Along the way Nabakov's "Pale Fire"; Eero Saarinen; the paper clip; Celebration, Florida; the planet Saturn; the ClearRx pill bottle; and paper architecture all fall under his pen. His experience as a design practitioner informs his writing and gives it truth. In "Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design," designers and nondesigners alike can share and revel in his insights.