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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810995913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810995918
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Victore is a self-taught designer known for his brilliant and innovative design work. He is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, has won countless design awards, and has lectured and exhibited worldwide.

 

Michael Bierut is a partner in the international consultancy Pentagram, recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt Design Mind Award, Senior Critic in Graphic Design at Yale, and author of Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design.


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James Victore is a self-taught, independent artist and designer. Design clients include Moet & Chandon, Aveda, Esquire and TIME Magazines, Yohji Yamamoto, Bobbi Brown cosmetics, The New York Times, and The School of Visual Arts. Awards include an Emmy for television animation, a Gold medal from the Broadcast Designers Association, the Grand Prix from the Brno (Czech Republic) Biennale, and Gold and Silver Medals from the New York Art Director's Club.

Victore's posters have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and are in the permanent collections of the Palais du Louvre, Paris, the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, the Design Museum in Zurich and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His work is regularly featured in magazines around the world. Victore lectures and teaches regularly around the globe and he is a full time professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives, loves and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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This is a must read for aspiring artists.
Mike Wadas
Very inspiring, sort of "the Best of" compilation but for a Graphic designer.
Andrew
I have been a big fan of James' work well before he became what he is today.
jacq'

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jacq' on February 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In James Victore's "Who Died and Made You Boss?" are examples of quotes that hit very close to home. Almost as if I could hear my dad saying them as he did when I was a kid. "If you didn't like doing it the first time, you're gonna hate doing it again!" "You wanna cry? I'll give you something to cry about!" "You don't ask, you don't get!"

I have been a big fan of James' work well before he became what he is today. I think James is a talented designer with an eye towards pretty pictures and cool use of color.

I am also his sister, so I can say what I want.

Great book, James.
jacq'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bowden on September 19, 2010
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James Victore is often referred to as 'the angriest man in graphic design'the title is undeserved, the fact of the matter is that he has a unique point of view in a field that is often unfortunately defined by the latest trends of what merely 'looks cool at the moment.' Victore can say more in a single brush stroke than most of us can convey in a month of diddling at our computers. I'm pretty much over the 'designer vanity monograph' but this book manages to rise above the 'show-ff' standards of such books to convey a real dedication and honesty to the craft of graphic design. Crammed with a plethora of beautifully designed pieces from his early days to the present, the book is designed by like-minded design adventurer Paul Sahre and has a foreward written by probably the smartest person in graphic design at the moment, Michael Beirut - you get a lot of bang for your buck with this book! A welcome addition to any designers collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzylicious on May 6, 2011
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Hi all,

I saw a review of this book on a site called Cool Hunting (one of those sites that sends you an email every day on unique and varied items of interest) which I really love - it's one of the better ones. Anyhow, I saw a review of this book and I had to have it.

Let me tell you, it does not disappoint! If pressed, I would call Victore's style as a kind of mix of Toulouse Latrec (in the sense of big bold posters) mixed with the humor of Banksy - and the result is just wonderful and pure Victore.

I ended up actually purchasing a poster (How to draw a chicken) from his Etsy site, which he was kind enough to autograph for me. It is now in a place of honor in my living room, and Victore is my new favorite.

BUY THIS BOOK!!! :)

-Suzy
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James Victore is a Bad Ass, that expresses himself without boundaries. He makes you think, and question the world around us. There are very few artists that can express what he can in a single brush stroke. This is a must read for aspiring artists.
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Buy this book now.

Then, follow @JamesVictore on twitter and take heed.

Do it. You won't regret it.

C'est fin.
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By Andrew on February 5, 2013
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The book is amazing and thanks to amazons Prime arrived in great condition & on time!
Very inspiring, sort of "the Best of" compilation but for a Graphic designer.
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James Victore's VICTORE OR, WHO DIED AND MADE YOU BOSS? provides an outstanding collection of Victore's visual arts graphic design projects. He's spent over twenty-five years seeking to make his works personal reflections: VICTORE surveys his 'greatest hits' and discusses the business and teaching of modern graphic design using his nearly fifty most popular projects as examples in the course of discussion. Graphic design collections will consider this a huge hit.
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