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5.0 out of 5 stars As close to visual perfection you can get, July 19, 2004
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This review is from: Designed by Peter Saville (Paperback)
I only wanted to write a review because this book looked lonely without a single customer review.
You need this book if you want to understand where our design-obsessive culture originated. Even if you don't give a rat's ass, if you take any kind of enjoyment from visual and conceptual aesthetics, you still need this.
It is great to flip through, the ultimate coffee table book. But suprisingly, there is just as much emphasis placed on text and context.
Even more surprisingly, it is reasonably priced.
Peter Saville has enormous talent and is unique in that he's not strictly a designer, not strictly an artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, great insights into iconic designer's work, June 28, 2008
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This review is from: Designed by Peter Saville (Paperback)
I will repeat what other reviewers have said, yes, this is a great book, fabulous design (duh!), etc...this book has several essays on Peter's work as well as a very informative interview. This is, alone, a reason not to miss it. Saville has been the main person to translate music culture into visual, iconic form. He discusses what he describes as "Style Culture", his formative years, in great, facile, conversational form. Of course his work speaks for itself and through the music it helped communicate, but the texts actually provided insight into how does his work come about, the process & projects, the "phases", etc...Saville the bon vivant and Saville the designer are all one. Interesting to think about in the era of mega-mass corporatization of everything. He managed to remain a Flaneur of sorts, thanks to the Mancurian accident of birth, overall charm and flawless, uncompromising work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My reason for being a Graphic Designer, September 23, 2007
This review is from: Designed by Peter Saville (Paperback)
I first became acquainted with Saville's work with the albums he did for Joy Division and New Order over twenty years ago, the work was fresh, dynamic, elegant and beautiful then and it's still fantastic. His work is always so effortless and cool, it just IS, it doesn't try too hard. Alot of work in my profession tries too hard to be "edgy" and after two years...it ain't. David Carson comes to mind. Saville is still to this day, one of the few living designers that really matter, who consistently puts out great work. Michael Vanderbyl being the other one. The dead ones being Otl Aicher and Josef Muller Brockmann. The only quibble I have is the format, it's too small, it should be something substantial like 15x15
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2 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars under review, April 10, 2007
This review is from: Designed by Peter Saville (Paperback)
well, this book is... under review. see i havent made it past pg 1. n here i sit, wanting to learn french, n pondering how far ive made it into my new little read here. find myself staring at the cover, wondering what books are for, bah, brand new n pretty, so what. opened to words, creased the binding. no matter. a book is a book is a book... right? i have yet to form an opinion, this is my first review, im wondering if theres an option someplace in here where i can update my review after getting past page two. kinda doubt it, which means that ill push send on this, and that will be that.

too much to early

i hope it doesnt make me give it a star. if i have to give a star, before going a little more in depth... well, then ill give five. but let it be know, i havent yet made it past page two. guess ill have to learn a little ... i dunno what language it even is. gonna have to work a little to get through this one, my curiosity is dragging me, through all the distractions n walls around me, gives me a headache sometimes, but the language looks curious, the words. misplaced to my understanding... for the moment. translations in due

anyhow, just so you know. left the five cause i had too, not that the book is interesting or anything, just letting you know.

bah, it made me give stars. i guess whomever made this sight...

didnt allow for under review. theres some decent material in the dvd as well. but thats not here, nor there, is it?

theres about four tangents that i can think of off the top of my head right now... to many options to readers, means this is trash. or not, maybe a playground for some damn collage prof with a red fetish in language

im pushing send, n probably waisting everybodies time, seeing how, this, isnt even technically a rating of anysort. this is only page one.
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