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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Art Center (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935640983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935640984
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps more than anyone else, graphic designers have influenced, and been influenced by, changes to how we receive, understand and communicate information at the turn of the millenium. In the process, the boundaries of what they do have blurred and shifted. Curated by Andrew Blauvelt, the design director and curator of Minneapolis's Walker Art Center, and Ellen Lupton, the senior curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 'Graphic Design: Now in Production' takes stock of the profession in a time of change. (Susan Szenasy Metropolis 20120601)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on November 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
The title is based on a touring exhibition of print design originally held at the Minneapolis based Walker Art Museum. The 224 pages are really in two parts: twenty essays by various industry commentators, educators and designers which are in self-contained pages and I found some of these quite thought provoking, especially the one by Michael Rock and the three from Ellen Lupton. Perhaps it's unfortunate that several essays fall short of their allotted page space and columns are just left empty at the end.

The second part is where I think it all comes unstuck. These are the image pages that follow each essay. They have hundreds of printed examples crowbarred into each page (it's meant to follow the style of a Paris salon of decades ago) with their captions set in five point and chunky blocks of copy set in 6.5 on 8 point type. These text blocks, some of which contain hundreds of words, have no paragraphs instead a pilcrow is used to tell the reader where a new par starts. There is no common line-length throughout the book for these blocks of tiny type, it just slots into whatever space is available and amazingly lots of them are set sideways (page 206 has six lines over 10.5 inches). To expect readers to put up with this is a nonsense in a book on communication.

Perhaps a clue to this sloppy editorial can be found on the colophon page part of which says: 'This premodern style of arrangement, which attempts to impose an order and sensibility on an often incoherent assemblage of objects, speaks to our contemporary condition of information overload in an increasingly fragmented search-based culture'. As an attempt I think it fails dismally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaume Pujagut Grau on November 22, 2012
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One of the best books about graphic design on the last 10 o 20 years. A very good balance between text and images and also and interesting object for his format, paper and so on....if you love graphic design this book must be in your bookshelf
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This is one in-depth look at the Graphic Design: Now in Production exhibition that I went to in downtown Houston Tx. Majoring in Graphic Design, I'm very impressed by this book and gives me great insight into the evolution of graphic design and the many different mediums used and their purposes.
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By Jill on March 29, 2013
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I went to the exhibition at The Hammer Museum and it was around 50 bucks so, I came home and looked it up and found it on Amazon. I'm really happy I got it, very informative and fun to read. Great little collection of graphic design from the past 10 years. You should definitely check it out.
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