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Cipe Pineles: A Life of Design (Norton Book for Architects and Designers) Hardcover – January 17, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Norton Book for Architects and Designers
  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (January 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393730271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393730272
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,004,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cipe Pineles's work, published here for the first time in a richly illustrated, crisply written book, will astonish contemporary audiences. What startling discoveries are to be found in these pages! -- Ellen Lupton, National Design Museum

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Martha Scotford is professor of graphic design at North Carolina State University. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle B. Braverman on March 16, 1999
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Cipe Pineles was someone I had heard much about but knew very little of her work or history. I've come away from reading this book feeling that Cipe must have been charming and idiosyncratic, but I still don't feel I know much about her or her design philosophy. She comes across as almost disdainful of the work she is best known for, designing and art directing women's fashion magazines. It's also written a bit dryly with some confusing back-and-forth of events. Don't forget your magnifying glass; the examples of her design work are presented not much larger than thumbnails! In all, not worth the steep price and not, I fear, the definitive insight and appreciation of Cipe Pineles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sblank@mail.cgd.whanganui.ac.nz on May 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed the book as a biography about a talented woman who shaped magazine design in the early days. As a designer and design educator, I especially appreciated having her professional and personal life put into the context of the time in which she and her husbands worked. Also a valuable reference.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kara Kotwas (kakotwas@mailbox.syr.edu) on October 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a student of graphic design, I could have not been more fortunate that this book came out when it did, it was my only research source for a design project I did last year. After reading it, I felt as though I knew Cipe personally. Scotford's account is rich with sensitivity and detail, and is well-organized and well-written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pinto on November 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If Paul Rand was the grandfather of American graphic design, then Cipe Pineles is the grandmother! That alone is a great reason to make sure you have a copy of this book in your reference library if you are an art director or just love great editorial design. The writing in the book is great and goes into detail, but the real flaw is that you only get to see tiny thumbnails of her design work. While this gives you a good taste of her style, it leaves you hungry wanting to see more. But until more books are done on Cipe (pronounced See-Pea), this book is a must have.
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Every time I try to read this book, I get a headache. I'm so upset with the people who produced this book because they set it in a font that has too much contrast between that thick and thin lines of the font, making it very difficult to read!

I'm fascinated by Ms. Pineles, and would really like to read about her. I enjoy the images of her work in the book. I only wish she could have been around to art direct this work.

I'd love to get a digital version of the book so that I could set it in a more readable font.
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