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Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2010
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This book is perfect. I am using it as the required text for a senior-level course in theory. It's not too big, not too small, complete without redundancy and edited in such a way that discussions fairly jump from the text. Thank you, Helen Armstrong.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
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A collection of seminal essays, yes, but perhaps overly broad and unfocused. Falls apart when trying to account for the last couple of decades as it's too timid to venture far beyond commercial design and the sphere of advertising. A really superficial engagement with the contemporary digital reality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
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I loved the book, good quality and good content, it's a must have for designers. Covers a lot of topics.
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on February 3, 2014
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Here's a stupid irony. The layouts, if not the typography, are completely blown up in the ebook. I haven't finished it yet but I can't complain about the actual content, which is excellent.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2009
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I heartily recommend this book for anyone seeking a friendly, concise overview of graphic design theory. The texts included are fresh and provocative. And the book design makes it a pleasure to read (particularly in comparison to the Looking Closer series). Each group of texts is followed by a section of vivid images called "Theory at Work" that explicates the ideas presented. I plan to reach for this book any time I need to stimulate my brain and/or my design.
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on October 21, 2014
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A solid, if not enthralling series of essay-style designer historical stories defining various movements throughout the ages. Gives perspective on where graphic design may be heading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2014
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good selection of texts. But for a book on graphic design theory it is horribly designed (by author herself!) Point size is in most cases too small for comfortable reading (problem with many newe books designed by people that read on screen in 200% enlargement and it seems they dont printout to test their design.) Body copy is barely passable, but footnotes (printed in brownish colour!!), image captions, quotes in Jan van Toorn text and Glossary (printed on toned paper (!!) in too light weight of Interstate, are simply unreadable by anybody above age of 16 or so.
simply bad design and sad for readers as it renders a lot of the book simply unuseable without large magnifying glass.
If author didnt care about it, publisher should.
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on October 14, 2014
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good book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
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It was nice getting a taste of the voices relevant to the field, but that is all it was. A taste. This was less informative and more of a spring board.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2009
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This fresh collection provides design texts from a wide range of designers. Before I read this I felt a bit self-conscious about my lack of training in design history/thinking. Now I feel ready for any "design theory" conversation.
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