What Is a Designer: Things, Places, Messages Paperback – 10 Jan 2002
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Combining a wide-ranging discussion of the major issues of design with detailed and practical information, Norman Potter explores the possibilities and limits of design, considers the designer as an artisan and as artist, and asks: "What is good design?" The volume seeks to prompt its readers to think and act for themselves. First published in 1969, it is reissued to present the enduring core of Potter's arguments. An afterword by Robin Kinross sets the work and its author in their contexts.
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I've only lasted unilt chapter 5 (although I intend to continue reading from cover to cover as it is on my Reading List for St. Martins) but if the book continues in this pointless way I will feel like I've wasted hours of my life being told what I already know in the longest, most achaic fashion possible.
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"Even 'judgement', that wise old word, becomes ponderously inhuman unless fertilized by some order of creative spontaneity"
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Then by all means spend a tenner on this little gem of a book.
If like me, it's on your reading list... well I personally wouldnt bother, maybe there's some money in creating a synopsis of the points raised in the simplest wording possible?
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