Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design Paperback – 1 Jun 2004
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About the Author
Steven Heller is the art director of the "New York Times Book Review," the chair of the graduate design program at the School of Visual Arts, and the author of more than 80 books, including "The Education of a Graphic Designer." He lives in New York City.
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So if you're expecting a comprehensive book on design history, this is not for you. In no way does it feel complete for a design education. What it does is provide thoughtful pieces to consider, and a perspective on the usage of design, originality, trends, etc. The authors do have a point of view, but it doesn't ruin the book. To the contrary, it makes it even more interesting. Design isn't just art and technique It's grounded in economics, history, culture, and politics. Heller and Pomeroy contribute a useful set of essays to help the reader become more aware of these relations.
And while I feel that one or two pages just is not enough space to dedicate to many of the designs discussed in this book, I was very surprised and grateful to see many of them at all. When was the last time you read about the history of the swastika? Let alone one that dared to go deeper that the obvious nazi reference. [lookup Manwoman the artist for more unbiased info on it's history.] I would have loved to read more on each of these topics though.
I started reading DL because I was looking for inspiration for the website I manage. I ended up spending the better part of the day engrossed in what felt like a cultural memoir of my own life and times.