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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568983328
  • ASIN: B000W7K6CI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,696,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Make it bigger"-a familiar refrain to any graphic designer accustomed to presenting layouts to clients-is an apt title for a book that examines the graphic design profession primarily through the lens of the business community it serves. Veteran designer Scher draws from over three decades of design experience to provide readers with a firsthand account of the creative process, that is, advancing good ideas and personal vision within the corporate cultures and organizational dynamics that are predisposed to resist them. A focus on the collaboration necessary to bring design ideas to life sets this book apart from others in the genre. In addition to an interior packed with familiar work, the book's cover and jacket provide visual stopping power that supports the author's approach. Unfortunately, the book itself won't stand up well to heavy use. Though this work is mainly about the design profession, it will appeal to anyone working in a creative field, whether he or she is attempting to advance creative ideas or to chart a career trajectory concerned with personal growth and development. Best suited for larger public libraries or libraries with extensive liberal arts, fine arts, or business sections.
Phil Hamlett, Turner & Assoc., San Francisco
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"...a benchmark for designers to aspire to." -- Creative Review, November 2002

"Scher believes a designer can explain to ordinary people how extraordinary design can be." -- Communication Arts, February 2003

"Scher's humor and wit is apparent throughout as she offers opinions on the design practice..." -- I.D. Magazine, November 2002

"Scher's witty work goes beyond the merely eye-catching: It's downright show-stopping." -- The Albany Times-Union, January 30, 2003

"an honest magnum opus. . .wry, detailed and ultimately affirming." -- Graphic Design:USA, September 2002

"client relations [is] addressed with great wit and insight in this classic book." -- Step Inside Design, Jan/Feb 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Randy Silverman on December 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Many kudos to Paula Scher on her wonderful new book, Make It Bigger. Not being a designer myself, I am especially appreciative of Make It Bigger's informative descriptions of the negotiation process that goes on between the designer and the client. It helped put into perspective for me that invisible "something" that exists when a breakthrough piece of graphic art emerges. Besides the creative, visual flash of a challenging image, each graphic art object that survives the editorial process gives off an optimism that must be something akin to those first aviators who believed in flight, despite gravity and the conventions of rational wisdom.
Make it Bigger also represents (to the best of my knowledge) the first publishers' edition binding to be produced as a tight back, breaking a run of hollow-back edition bindings dating back to the inception of the genre, c.1820. While I'm sure most folks will be impressed with the edge printing (which is very slick), and the wonderful layout, the book's physical structure (which is something akin to a mechanized Bradel binding) breaks all kinds of ground. (I would have loved to have seen the discussions that must gone on between the author and the binder!).
In addition to its unique packaging and stunning visual presentation, Make It Bigger is the most entertaining work on graphic art I've ever read. Scher's writing style is honest, accessible, and absolutely absorbing, as are her candor, her humor, and most of all her precocious creativity. I cannot say enough to convey my sincere admiration for this wonderful book.
Randy Silverman
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By row design on March 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Too often designers see their own result(s) and design solutions without the knowledge of the 'client process' . . . a truly remarkable reality in this business. ALL design students should be made aware of this aspect of the profession, possibly even before seriously considering if one wants to be a designer. There is so much more to it than having an 'AHA' on one's own. Ms. Scher has presented this in a manner both pictorially and honestly with examples and explanations . . . and, of course, with much experience in the real world of design (which must also include some humor). I have been a designer for thirty years and would recommend this as part of required reading from the start for future "wannabes" and for all of us who need that reassurance that this is indeed how it works.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Randy Silverman on December 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Many kudos to Paula Scher on her wonderful new book, Make It Bigger. Not being a designer myself, I am especially appreciative of Make It Bigger's informative descriptions of the negotiation process that goes on between the designer and the client. It helped put into perspective for me that invisible "something" that exists when a breakthrough piece of graphic art emerges. Besides the creative, visual flash of a challenging image, each graphic art object that survives the editorial process gives off an optimism that must be something akin to those first aviators who believed in flight, despite gravity and the conventions of rational wisdom.
Make it Bigger also represents (to the best of my knowledge) the first publishers' edition binding to be produced as a tight back, breaking a run of hollow-back edition bindings dating back to the inception of the genre, c.1820. While I'm sure most folks will be impressed with the edge printing (which is very slick), and the wonderful layout, the book's physical structure (which is something akin to a mechanized Bradel binding) breaks all kinds of ground. (I would have loved to have seen the discussions that must gone on between the author and the binder!).
In addition to its unique packaging and stunning visual presentation, Make It Bigger is the most entertaining work on graphic art I've ever read. Scher's writing style is honest, accessible, and absolutely absorbing, as are her candor, her humor, and most of all her precocious creativity. I cannot say enough to convey my sincere admiration for this wonderful book.
Randy Silverman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitzie on September 8, 2007
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A great read for anyone who is ready to make the jump from art school to working clients. Scher goes into excellent detail about working with illustrators, the structure (and politics) of agency work, her strategies/approach to design. She also shares good insight on how to work most effectively with clients who may not know a whole lot about design. I found this very practical, and a very easy read. I am also a big fan of her work, which spans several decades.
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this is a nice account of mrs. scher's career as a graphic design; it's filled with examples of her and her associates' work. good typography, some nice illustrative techniques. it's less a "here's good design" book, and more a "here's what it took me to convince people that i knew good design" book.
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Format: Paperback
The topic of this book is basically "I'm so cool" by Paula Scher--which is fine, because Paula Scher really is one of the coolest people in design. I especially liked the first few chapters of the book, which talk about her early experiences working at CBS Records during the 1970s.
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