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Art Direction Explained, At Last! Paperback – September 16, 2009


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About the Author

Steven Heller is co-chair of the Designer as Author program and co-founder of the Design Criticism program at SVA, New York. For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times. He is editor of AIGA VOICE, contributing editor to Print, Eye, Baseline, and I.D., and author of 120 books on design.

Veronique Vienne has worked at a number of US magazines as art director, and is the author of The Art of Doing Nothing and The Art of Imperfection, as well as Something to be Desired.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (September 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856696243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856696241
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Heller, author and editor of over 130 books on graphic design, satiric art and popular culture, is the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is also co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism, MFA in Interaction Design, MFA Social Documentary Film and MPS Branding programs. Although he does not hold an undergraduate or graduate degree he has devoted much of his career to fostering design education venues, opportunities and environments.

On the editorial side, for over 40 years he has been an art director for various underground and mainstream periodicals. For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times (28 of them as senior art director New York Times Book Review). He currently writes the "Visuals" column for the Book Review and "Graphic Content" for the T-Style/The Moment blog (http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/author/steven-heller/). He is editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design, a contributing editor to Print, EYE, and Baseline, and a frequent contributor to Metropolis and ID magazines. He contributes regularly to Design Observer and writes the DAILY HELLER blog for Print Magazine (http://blog.printmag.com/dailyheller/). His 135 books include "Design Literacy, " "Paul Rand," "Graphic Style" (with Seymour Chwast), "Stylepedia" (with Louise Fili), "The Design Entrepreneur" and "Design School Confidential" (both with Lita Talarico), "Iron Fists: Branding the Twentieth Century Totalitarian State", and the most recent, "Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig."

He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement. His website is www.hellerbooks.com and his blog, The Daily Heller sponsored by Print magazine is http://imprint.printmag.com/daily-heller/

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Taylor on February 9, 2013
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This is a great, well-designed, and well-written book. Many tips, historical references, stories, and is inspiring. I recommend for junior ADs and motion/graphic designers.
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I m only a few chapters in and I can already tell that Im going to be referring back to this book for most if not all of my career. Very in-depth, the authors take from their own success and share everything I wanted to know and more in the industry . Also love the fact that it's a very visual book as well.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Koop on January 28, 2010
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Heller is an amazing writer, you just can't go wrong with his work.
The only problem I have is the art direction/design of this book. For a book on art direction it feels rather dated, 2002-2005. It was a bit difficult reading it with so much novelty design presented, I would have been happy with some nice swiss design, you can't go wrong with that.
This book is filled with a vast amount of knowledge and discussions that make it a must buy for any student, art director or even designer that wishes to know more. This is a great read. Good job yet again Mr. Heller and Veronique Vienne. You managed to write a book that covers all bases, especially for editorial.
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