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"Dialog": What Makes a Great Design Partnership Hardcover – December 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pointed Leaf Press (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938461029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938461026
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.3 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,088,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

BIOS: Ken Carbone is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, a design and branding firm in New York City. Ken is recognized as one of the nation’s top graphic designers. Leslie Smolan, Co-Founder and Director of Creative Strategy of Carbone Smolan Agency, brings the wisdom of 35 years of experience to mentor both clients and designers on the power of strategic design.

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For anyone who's in the business, or interested in branding and design, it's recommended reading.
ttoscano
This book will inevitably become required reading in every good design school, and it'll be a fun read, too.
Stephan Wilkinson
Beautifully written, wonderfully paced and designed, it is a great story that unravels with delight.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a perfect example of how a finely-tuned partnership can result in exquisite work. A must in this age of collaboration.
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By Udo on June 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The work of Carbone Smolan featured in the book is a great example of well crafted quality design. Each project is refined to the point that it feels just natural and yet emanates elegance. Besides the work, the real story is the partnership of 35 years between Leslie Smolan and Ken Carbone. I like how that relationship is brought to light in an interesting and enjoyable way, and it adds a new twist to a design book. Well done!
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By Tiit Telmet on February 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Had a chance to read through the "Dialog" book... Great book, great read and great bargain!

It is wonderfully designed, well written, easy to read and shows great work.
There is also a nice visual pace in the book's design, the use of large clear type balanced with captions, images and color.

"Dialog" is light, yet visually bold, playful, lively and personal with a sense of humor.
Easy for readers to understand how both (Ken & Leslie) have complimented each other to create wonderful work and not let individual pursuits or egos complicate mutual interests... but to give clients great results.

I especially liked the interplay between each with quotes, comments and personal observations about each others roles in the partnership. To have achieved success and survived for over 35 years is amazing! Most marriages aren't that successful so "Hats" off to both...
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By merrybrain on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a must-have book for any design-and-business library. It's a real pleasure to read as well as a great reference for the elegant, iconic work of CSA through the years. Highly recommended!
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Format: Hardcover
I've always been fascinated by industrial design, because so much of it is incompetent and unimaginative. So when something like "Dialog" comes along in the graphics subset of ID, it's immediately obvious how talented, imaginative and special Ken Carbone and Leslie Smolan in fact are. This book will inevitably become required reading in every good design school, and it'll be a fun read, too. Unlike so many "authorized corporate biographies," this one is superbly written. You'll at first be tempted to simply leaf through the book, it's so attractive, but the minute you start to read the text, you'll be hooked. Carbone and Smolan truly deserve their places on the pantheon alongside Milton Glaser, Saul Bass, Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar and the other greats. (By the way, in this day of phony Amazon reviews that too often are everything from coerced to reimbursed, I feel it fair to say that yes, I know Leslie Smolan, but what I've written here is pretty much what I wrote to her, unasked, when I first read the book.)
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