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About the Author

Stefan G. Bucher is the Art Director of Pasadena-based 344 Design designing CD packages for Sting, Minority Report, The Matrix, Solar Twins, Whitney Houston, Alanis Morissette, S Club 7, and bossa:nova. In a land beyond CDs, he is responsible for the Roxio "Burning CD" logo, as well as for the five and a half pound annual American Photography 17 for which he received the 2002 D&AD Silver Award for "Most Outstanding Complete Book Design". His work has been recognized by AIGA, the Art Directors Club, the American Center for Design, the One Show, the Type Directors Club, HOW, Print, STEP, novum, and Communication Arts Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592532772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592532773
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,347,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stefan G. Bucher is the man behind 344design.com and dailymonster.com. He is the author of the books

* All Access--The Making of 30 Extraordinary Graphic Designers
* 100 Days of Monsters
* The Graphic Eye--Photographs by Graphic Designers From Around The Globe
* You Deserve A Medal--Honors On The Path To True Love
* 344 Questions--The Creative Person's Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment

He has created designs for 826LA, Sting, David Hockney, and director Tarsem, and works with a whole roster of creatively ambitious clients.

British Design & Art Direction has honored him with a Yellow Pencil for 'Most Outstanding Complete Book Design,' and in 2004 the Art Directors Club of New York declared him a Young Gun. His time-lapse drawings currently appear on the rebooted classic TV show 'Electric Company' on PBS.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Habro on April 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Stefan Bucher's All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers is a fantastic addition to any designers collection, and a true guide for young designers.

The book traces the origins, and development of over thirty graphic designers from (in some cases) infancy, to the present. I have never read a book on design which was more truthful from the designers' standpoint. It speaks of their first memories creating, and how those moments shaped their lives and careers. It also describes, in their own words what motivates them, and what discouraged them in their careers.

Its not a theoretical description of what design should be, but a realistic show-piece of actual practical work, with specific examples of the thought behind the piece.

Nothing else like it out there. Real people with relevant experiences to share, and invaluable lessons to be learned. Read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Bowman on May 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Eureka! There really is no other design book quite like Stefan Bucher's All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers. The book offers a privileged glimpse at the thoughts/processes/experiences that do indeed make the 30 featured designers so extraordinary.

Extremely well-researched, beautfully written, and of course, flawlessly designed. Bucher's tone is refreshingly sincere, even kind in its approach (em dash) a big part of why I never wanted to put it down once I began reading it. Whether you're a cover-to-cover type or a skimmer, you'll find every aspect of this book extremely accessible.

Highly recommended reading/viewing for anyone interested in design. Make it the default gift to all the creatives in your life and you can't go wrong. And if you ever get an opportunity to see him speak in front of an audience, you must not pass it up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nicholas cottrell on June 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After seeing Stefan's presentation at the recent San Diego Y Conference, I had to read his book. In addition to an awesome layout and beautiful typography, All Access features profiles on some of the most innovative and inspiring designers in the industry today. I especially enjoyed reading about the evolution of each designer's career path, from the early struggles to world renowned success. A must-read for anyone passionate about design.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Devoted Satellite on February 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I love this book. There is a ton of info but writer/designer Stefan Bucher has layed it out in an eye-catching, extremely functional way and I appreciate that. The insight into the designers lives and working process is something you just won't find in another book. I find it inspiring for us wannabe designers! As an artist or designer, this is a must-read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By artkitten on June 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
All Access is one of the most abundant, interesting design books I've had the pleasure to comb through. Most design publications are a pleasant visual trip, but All Access has not only engaged my eyes, but pulled me in to read every entertaining, inspiring word. I would recommend this book to everyone from the seasoned design professional to someone who is only remotely interested in graphic design. It could change the latter to the former....
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