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Graphic Design: A New History Hardcover – October 25, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
While Eskilson is chiefly interested in communicating the broad outlines of Graphic Design History for an undergraduate audience, to call this book a textbook is to do a great disservice to the extraordinary design layout, which can certainly hold its own against any other fine art book stacked up on your coffee table. Yale UP and Eskilson are to be praised for the gorgeous selection of large color reproductions. Don't wait till your professor assigns this book, buy this one just for the pleasure of enjoying a great read and a beautiful design.
Aside from skipping a significant amount of important territory in early design history (Guttenberg is in the "preface"? Really?), there were other inclusions and omissions that gave this text the feel of an editorial on design history, not a textbook. I don't care - or want to know - the personal design tastes of Eskilson. I don't want to know his political bent. I want to know the facts. Let my students and I evaluate the merits of a given design movement or designer.
The biggest omission (in my opinion) in this book was the complete absence of any work from David Carson. While we can argue the merits of his work, he was clearly a significant, important designer in the 90's. Much more than Tomato(!?) or Art Chantry. The text pertaining to Carson smells of personal distaste, not objective analysis. This, again, has no place in a history text. A book that is a series of critical essays on the history of design? Absolutely! But not a book claiming to be history, not opinion.
Others have mentioned the inaccuracies in the text, so I will leave it at was already said.
OK, one (of many) minor peeve: when writing about the psychedelic posters of the 60's, Eskilson refers to "Richard Griffin".Read more ›
The book is great, and I use it all the time to study for my class. It's got in depth information about artists, movements, and pieces of artwork. This book doesnt skimp on the details!
Buy this book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
According to this book, Asians laid the foundation for Western graphic design; but for some reason, they were not worthy of a chapter. Only white influences from Europe and the U. Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by Amazon shopper
Very pleased with the speed of the arrival on this text book. The book arrived in perfect condition and just in time for my first book lecture. Thank you so much! Read morePublished on January 26, 2012 by CB714
The Book came in new condition like I asked for. Everything went well except the delivery by the US Postal Service. Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by D. Deliard
This book is nicely set up very easy to read and quite informative. It is also a great value!!Published on March 1, 2010 by Jennifer Bianchine
I love design and I love this book! It is way more updated and comprehensive in its approach than others that I have read. Plus, it is an easy read that's never dull.Published on January 27, 2010 by Arie Friedman