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Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design [Paperback]

Michael Bierut , William Drenttel , Steven Heller , D.K. Holland
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11 Dec 1995 Looking Closer (Book 1)
Critical writings on graphic design with essays by some of the leaders in the design industry.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S.; First Edition First Printing edition (11 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880559153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880559154
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 17.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept and very enlightening 4 Jan 2009
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As the Looking Closer series are books of collated interviews and essays, they are really easy to read and you don't get bored, as there are plenty of subjects on offer. I have the full series and enjoy reading these books throughout the day, particularly when I am commuting as I tend to read around 5 essays on my 40 minute journey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone can find something interesting in this book 16 April 2000
By Joseph Flaherty - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first volume in a collection of books on design criticism. The articles are pulled from sources like the Journal of the AIGA, Print, and EYE magazine. The topics range the "ugly aesthetic" to the state of design education. The articles are all decent none really stick out as undeserving of a place in this collection. Paul (IBM logo) Rand Contributes an interesting essay on what purpose logos really serve and Paula Scher talks about the way she runs her classes at SVA. The essays all provide some food for thought(even it the thought is " I'd like to smack this guy.")Buy it and keep it with you It's a good thing to have around while your waiting for a bus, a haircut, or a class to begin.
5.0 out of 5 stars A new go to book 13 Mar 2014
By Michael Gall - Published on Amazon.com
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This excellent collection of essays about Graphic Design will become a new 'go to book' for me. It's the kind of book that can be read and re-read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read 22 Sep 2008
By Trevor Barrios - Published on Amazon.com
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This seems to be a very good series for Designers who see design as a way of life and not just a paycheck. There are a lot of conceptual motifs discussed as it examines all of the intellectual considerations a designer must address when working on a job that demands more than aesthetic alone. It delves into the very essence of communication at the visual level as it reviews typography, semiotics and a host of other immediately pertinent subject matter. Well worth the price of admission. An indispensable publication that will maintain it's relevance for decades to come.
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