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5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful collection that incites to rediscover our own surroundings, 3 Jan. 2010
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in 2009, adrian shaughnessy and tony brook gave us a rare glimpse into the studios of graphic designers. stefan bucher gave us something much more intimate: an insight into their minds.

"the graphic eye" is not about people who set up a darkroom, painstakingly preparing the perfect shot. this is not a compilation of professional photographers' work.
this book is about people who follow their hearts (and trigger fingers). they show us what interests them, take pictures which expose their obsessions, tell us a story, reveal something intriguing and sometimes take a photograph just because it looks beautiful. it's a compilation of graphic designers' views of the world. (think of it as "being john malkovich" without the disadvantages.)

since it's that kind of subject, its design shouldn't go unmentioned: it is delicate, yet playful with its use of color. the layout is very generous to the images and their sequence invites serendipitous discoveries. utilizing the typeface univers on a solid grid, there's nothing left to second-guess. as they said in the sixties about brubeck: "bravo! bucher!"

"the graphic eye" is not just a demonstration of how graphic designers view the world. it's a manifesto to rediscover our own curiosity in the subtle and often unnoticed things surrounding our daily lives. this book incites us to look for all the beauty we might miss otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful on many levels, 11 Dec. 2009
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I guess you could describe the premise behind this book as, how does a graphic artist view the world? And it's a brilliant one. Anyone who has an appreciation for or an interest in either graphic design or photography will get much from this book. The challenges of the graphic designers to move outside of their comfort zone and attempt something new should be congratulated, even if some results aren't as successful as others, although it would be unfair of me to mention those and leave it to you to find out. And it's not an exaggeration to say, it's given me a greater appreciation for both photography and graphic design.
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