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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 2nd edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156898099X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568980997
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Every library contains myriad books documenting the impact of technology in the emerging information age and the parallel evolution of a media-saturated culture over the last two decades. But even as pundits so often discuss the increasing centrality of image and form in our world, too few works exist that either document the recent changes in the field of design or analyze the ubiquity of visual expression. Integrating both these goals successfully, as this catalog to an exhibition at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum does, is a feat worthy of attention. Lupton, curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt and author of Design Writing Research (Kiosk, 1996), one of the most incisive and far-ranging works on graphic design in recent years, is uniquely qualified to bring these issues to a larger public. Individual chapters look at broad developments in design culture and trends in visual expression in public space, typography, corporate identity, and publishing. Innumerable examples range from billboards and book jackets to palm cards for clubs and fanzines. Lupton's trenchant text makes this more than just a best-of collection, however, giving readers a comprehensive context for understanding designers' hidden meanings. For all collections.?Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"How do we disseminate information? And what does it look like? Ellen Kupton answers that in her new book, Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture. Lupton looks at the mission of design through discussions about publishing, signage, typography, corporate identity and the use of design in public places. Mixing Messages will fascinate fans of design, culture or social history." -- Boston Globe Magazine

Lupton's exploration of graphic design in modern culture uses numerous color graphic design examples to trace the social and artistic function of graphic design in society. Chapters examine both intellectual and artistic messages inherent in graphic artists' productions, using examples of modern works to consider mediums and messages. An intriguing survey any designer will want to consult. -- Midwest Book Review

More About the Author

Ellen Lupton is the author, coauthor, or editor of 13 books with PAPress, including Design Culture Now; Skin: Surface, Substance + Design; Inside Design Now; Thinking with Type; D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself; and D.I.Y. Kids. She is Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, New York and Director, Graphic Design MFA Program, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. she is hte recipient of numerous awards including I.D. Forty, 1992; Chrysler Design Award, 1996; and AIGA Gold Medal, 2007.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Max Fento̶n on September 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
It's 2:40 in the morning; I'm recovering from a nasty headcold. What could possibly have me awake and typing?
I've poured over 175 beautiful pages for the last day, and now I just want to read everything she's written.
Delving into the graphic design industry, its history and heroes, particularly since the advent of the Macintosh and desktop publishing both inspires and entertains.
A fabulously researched book with exquisite reproductions and wonderful design of its own.
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