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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581152655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581152654
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steven Helleris co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. His many previous books includeTypographic Universe, New Modernist Type, and Scripts.

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric C. Benson on January 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got this book hoping it would shed more light on an issue I find very pressing within the design community: social responsibility. Is it important for the designer to know his/her great poster that helped make a Hollywood movie into a blockbuster also helped clear cut a forest killing an ecosystem for numerous species of wildlife? Is it important for a designer to only do work for companies that match their own morals and ethics? The book touches on the latter topic in a couple essays but largely provides a number of pieces of writing with good intentions but with no actual "next steps" to achieve more fruitful results. Desigers have to eat, so blowing off huge $$ tobacco ad campaigns can seem ridiculous. However by making social responsibility a key point of dialogue in the education of the designer, one could see a more responsible result in the business world. Maybe designers could receive the respect they deserve if they actually stood for something besides edgy looking websites and whatnot. Anyway, the book wasn't all bad. Its a good start to an important conversation... so three stars!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Gillespie on February 12, 2009
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Good book with a great deal of interesting perspectives on design and a designers responsibility to "do the right thing." However, to me it was a tough read, some chapters I had no idea what the person was talking about or it read like a text book. That being said, I still highly recommend this to anyone in the creative industry. It brings up a lot of issues that would behoove you to think about before you take on work for irresponsible clients.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on September 3, 2008
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This is an essential book for all designers worth their salt. If you have a backbone and you truly are 'ready' to understand the reach of the profession and its social responsibility, save your pitiful moral crisis, get out of the pointless world of persuasion and rhetoric, and start saying it like you mean it. Buy this book and write your life's manifesto. Design is not just a job hey.
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