A trio of books recently published by Allworth Press offer a compact self-study course on the practice and appreciation of graphic design. The books . . . are intended as an alternative to the diet of eye candy that sustains many graphic designers. Of the three, only DESIGN LITERACY is illustrated, and that only sparingly, with black-and-white thumbnails. The message? Look with your brain first -- Metropolis, April, 1998
Looking Closer, the first volume, a critical success, was a sort of Reader's Digest or Utne Reader for design. In Looking Closer 2, the editors have once again gathered some of the most trenchant of recent articles. . . . Looking Closer 2, as its forerunner, is a valuable and helpful compilation -- Communication Arts, Advertizing Annual 1997
To jump smack dab into the middle of the current graphic-design dialogue, read Looking Closer and Looking Closer 2. These volumes combined offer 80-plus lucid commentaries on everything from "jive modernism" and the social function(s) of design to postmodern theory and its implications for design. What astonishes me about these visual artists' texts is just how stylish, thoughtful, accessible and engaging they are. . . . the reader feels privileged to eavesdrop on the cream of the profession . . . talk theory and talk shop with each other in readily comprehensible ways . . . -- Photography in New York, January/February 1997
[The volume] achieves its twin goals of balance and eclecticism. . . . Heller's densely researched rebuke to naive appropriators of Nazi iconography is bracingly concrete . . . . The sequel affords a welcome chance to catch up on all the essays we never got around to reading . . ." -- I.D., November, 1997
About the Author
Steven Helleris co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. His many previous books includeTypographic Universe, New Modernist Type, and Scripts.