- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616890614
- ISBN-13: 978-1616890612
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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"Bierut is the most perceptive and wittiest writer about design working today." -- Aaron Betsky, Architect magazine
About the Author
Michael Bierut was born in Cleveland, Ohio and studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnatiris College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Prior to joining Pentagram as a partner in 1990, he was vice president of graphic design at Vignelli Associates in the U.S.A.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I ordered the book I thought it might pull back the curtain on some of the things that many designers want to know - Where does this guy find his inspiration? What is his mental check-list when putting together a project? What's his secret to choosing the right typeface for a project? This book doesn't really answer any of those questions... at least not directly.
Instead it gives a very clear view of the way Bierut's mind works in other ways - his trains of thought; the importance he sees in topics that aren't necessarily directly related to the industry; and the anecdotal stories that tell the reader more about the culture of design rather than about design itself.
One reviewer complained that the essays were too short and that they didn't go into enough depth to educate or inspire. I think that's a little unfair: this is simply a collection of Bierut's blog posts from Design Observer, and a number of the essays have planted seeds of something in my mind, which have led to much larger discussions with colleagues, so on that level I think it has had an inspiring effect.
In short, reading this book isn't necessarily going to improve your graphic design directly, but if you're lucky it might give you an insight into the sort of thoughts that go through the mind of a designer who really knows what he's doing, and I think that counts for rather a lot.
I must add however, that the essays are thought provoking from time to time, although often held together with a tenuous concept. Enjoyable, affordable and interesting, but don't expect earth moving revelations.
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Brought the book for my son University course - he enjoyed the bookPublished 6 months ago by Mrs S Wintle