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"If you care about education, join the debate by reading this book."

About the Author

Steven Heller is the co–chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department at New York’s School of Visual Arts. He is the author of many books, including Comics Sketchbooks, Scripts, and New Modernist Type.
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 2nd edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581154313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581154313
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Noted graphic design author and editor, Steven Heller, has added another title to his list of over ninety books. Actually, The Education of a Graphic Designer, has been a staple for design educators since 1998. The recently published second edition seamlessly picks up where the first edition left off. Edited by Heller, this edition has forty new essays, bringing the title into the 21st Century.

The Education of a Graphic Designer, tackles tough issues about how we learn what we learn and how we teach what we teach. Contributors explore ideas and methods to enhance design education and produce better equipped graphic designers. The book is comprehensive with topics ranging from design theory to the problem with problem solving, the designer as producer to the designer as author, motion graphics to environmental responsibility.

Gone are the days of starting a graphic design career with 50 bucks, a couple of markers, a 360 pad and a t-square. Whether working for a firm, corporation or independently, today's professional graphic designer is part artist, typographer, technician, business person, marketer, anthropologist, researcher and more. Heller and his contributors provide a map through the maze of a very complex educational process.

Thought provoking, challenging and inspirational, this tome isn't just for educators. It's also an excellent resource for practitioners. The concepts discussed in the book will no doubt get novice and seasoned veterans thinking. Thought spawns ideas. Ideas spark dialogue and dialogue is good for the graphic design industry-at-large.

Whether you're a graphic design educator, student, recent grad or an experienced pro, The Education of a Graphic Designer will be a valuable addition to your library.

Neil Tortorella

Tortorella Design
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Why purchase this newly published second edition of THE EDUCATION OF A GRAPHIC DESIGNER when you already own the a first edition? Because it's more than an just a minor update: forty new essays discussing a range of the latest graphic design topics, from web construction and digital media, have been added to this second edition, where top designers and educators speak of both theory and applications. College-level undergrad and grad students will find EDUCATION OF A GRAPHIC DESIGNER an essential survey of major practices and ideas within the graphic design industry: a survey that is simply not to be missed by any dedicated and professional graphic designer.

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Not sure what the point of this book was. Except for the class I took to find some required reading. Very vague and genral info that any 2nd year designer would already know. And, yes, I am a Graphic Designer with an MA, so I feel I can speak freely. I hate books like this that are so vague and offer no real life advice. "Have a good portfolio", no s***, who doesn't know that. Probably went to RISD, where money can make you respected. So many more books out there that actually deal with real issues and aren't so generic.
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love it!
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This book wasn't about learning about design at all, but instead essays about graphic design educational systems, structures and policies. pretty academic.
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