- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Post Press; 1st edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615284191
- ISBN-13: 978-0615284194
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 10.9 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,299,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Designing Obama Hardcover – 2009
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The Obama presidential campaign was an innovation in American politics and American design. For the first time, a candidate used art and design to bring together the American people—capturing their voices in a visual way. The Design Director of the Obama campaign, Scott Thomas, has collaborated with artists and designers to create Designing Obama, a chronicle of the art from the historic campaign. Get the inside story on how design was used by the campaign, trace the emergence of ideas and images over the course of the election, and scope out the amazing art created by artists and grassroots supporters. It’s the definitive account of the vision of thousands of people across the United States -- all in one volume. Using the same grassroots fundraising model as the campaign, the book was created through Kickstarter, a new company dedicated to funding creative endeavors through small donations by committed individuals. Using the Obama fundraising model was the perfect way to insure the book’s quality and integrity. People around the country supported the book, funded its creation, and changed the way we think about publishing. Now you can be part of the revolution. The 336-page hand-crafted book is hardbound with an embossed sleeve, and printed in a vivid six-color process.
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The attention to detail that went into the book production of Designing Obama is like nothing I've ever seen. It comes encased in a silver sleeve, which has a little window where you can see the Obama logo which is foil embossed straight onto the navy blue bookcloth. There is no tacky book jacket. There are no blurbs, quotes, taglines, or barcodes to be seen on the outside of this book.
The inside is full of information and images to inspire anyone who cares about design and/or America.
Everything about this book is completely first class. I love it.
This isn't a pro-Obama propaganda piece and isn't a how-to manual for wannabe politicians, but it is a wonderful record of all the design details that were observed and obsessed over by the people that did the obsessing.
There's also no possible way to write about Designing Obama without mentioning the quality of the book itself. This book is a work of art - the layout and typography are minimalist and gorgeous; the quality of image, the engraving, the foil seal on the cover, and the slipcover are sophisticated and perfect, and the fabric around the book itself is the exact right shade of Obama-blue. In short, it feels (and is) valuable and substantial.
There are some absolutely amazing bits in this book, including:
* A forward by Michael Bierut (!)
* Scott's alternate layouts for the Obama website, including the first draft of the actual Obama site, which is a stunning breath of fresh, open, air
* Scott's sketches of the site with CSS margins penned in
* The full listing of the underused "Vote for Change" artists' series, which are funny and cool and brilliant
* Sol Sender's original drafts of the Obama "O" logo
This book is a treasure and an artifact. Measured in what I have learned from Scott's work on the Obama campaign and the sheer density of brilliant, minimalist ideas contained herein, this book is worth its weight in gold. I cannot more highly recommend that you get your hands on a copy ASAP.
The color plates are amazing which, as a true supporter of fine art, I just love. It is historically significant as it catalogs the visual arts component of the campaign. I found this book totally by accident, while supporting the work of a different artist on a fundraising website (that was not Obama related). I do support President Barack Obama and I am a proud American, so for me, the book was a must have. I plan buy more and give them out as gifts. I think down the road...this book may also greatly increase in value.
I knew I could count on Amazon.com to have this book when I decided to buy it !!