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Since the acclaimed Looking Closer series began, the design industry has faced some of its biggest controversies and challenges. Hot-button topics such as branding and the role of designers as possible agents of corporate greed have brought about calls for greater responsibility in the profession. Meanwhile, our culture has become increasingly visual and the profile of graphic design has skyrocketed. This increased awareness has helped shape the critical vocabulary of the profession and provoked incisive essays in professional and general interest magazines in recent years. Now some of the most significant critical commentary published from 1997 to 2000 is available in a single volume, Looking Closer 4, edited by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, and Steven Heller.

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The design issues addressed today have changed as much as the industry itself. "After a period of charged professional and academic acticity from the early to mid-nineties, now comes the inevitable cooling off period," Heller observes. "Now that postmodernism, deconstruction, and grunge are history, the next new thing has yet to emerge, and graphic design's evolution has resulted in a new sobriety."
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Product Details

  • Series: Looking Closer (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581152353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581152357
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bopp on October 9, 2008
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This book is an insightful collection of essays and manifestos which respond to First Things First 2000. The editors have done a marvelous job of including numerous viewpoints and introducing some new players to the field of critical writing on graphic design. It makes a great addition to the Looking Closer series and would be good reading for any serious graphic designer.
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Excellent transaction! Smooth and simple like it should be. Highly recommend this seller and this series of books to anyone interested in graphic design discourse.
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Required for a class on Social Awareness in Graphic Design. Excellent collection of essays from some of the foremost thought-leaders in this area.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Putt on May 14, 2008
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I read this book for a class. It has some fascinating insight into the world of graphic design. The compilation of essays is pertinent just as much today as they were when originally written(over the past 10-12 years).
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