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The Graphic Eye: Photographs by Graphic Designers from around the Globe Hardcover – November 15, 2009

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Graphic designer and art director Stefan Bucher's work has been recognized by the D&AD, AIGA, the Art Directors Club, the American Center for Design, HOW, PRINT, STEP Inside Design, and Communication Arts. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811869032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811869034
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,612,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William A. Clark on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As designers, we are generally cultural anthropologists: we love to collect visual bits and pieces, the ephemera of our observable world. We take a lot of photographs. Some of them of seemingly odd things. Feet in a crowd. Found type on a building. So forth and so on.

These photographs are a visual log of our world, the bits and pieces many of us pass over or ignore, things proposed and preserved in new light. They are not only insightful to the process of a designer, but also inspirational. And it is Bucher's goal to collect this mass of anthropological data into one, cohesive volume, a goal he succeeds greatly in.

From the cover and the end sheets to the pages itself, the book is beautifully and transparently layed out, with a strong grid, subtle typography, and beautifully layed out (and printed) images. Bucher shows his more subdued, clean side here (versus the off-the-wall aesthetic of his Daily Monsters), but the style is still, undeniably, Bucher's (take a look at the seemingly random halftone pattern on the reverse of the cover from afar for a lovely visual suprise).

As for the photographs themselves, they are diverse in subject and style, in intimacy and in disconnectedness, internal and external. Whether the photographs be intensely personal or merely snapshots of the surrounding environs of their respective designers, whether they be artistic compositions shot on analog film or quick documentarian snapshots, each one gives new insight into the process and visual mind, and often sometimes the dynamic life, of the designer. Far from the typical detached nature of the photographic coffee-table book, Bucher's collection is intensely personal and individualized.
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The Graphic Eye is a collection of photographs from a host of international designers. Books on the collected works of photographers are numerous, but it is a rare thing to find one that is dedicated to the "graphic eye" of a group of designers. I found the images collected by Bucher to be inspiring and insightful. Designers see the world in a different way and many of the photographs in this collection represent that. The images make you stop and ask the tough questions: Is this just a pretty picture or is there more at work in this image? What am I supposed to take from it? Without a doubt, the designers in this collection submitted images that they hoped would cause the viewer to pause and think about them, something every designer hopes their daily work does. Nothing changes due to the medium,and just as there are many layers to most successful design pieces, so to are there many layers to the images enclosed in this outstanding book. As a teacher of design, I enjoy any tool (be it a book, poster, web site, video, etc.) that allows my students to delve deeper into meaning, something this book does quite successfully. From a design point of view, this is a serious book from Bucher. His previous titles, "100 Days of Monsters" and "All Access" (both outstanding books in their own right), had a more playful and personal style of design and thought. This book still shares Bucher's touch for clean white space, tiny type, and clever imagery found in his previous titles, but "The Graphic Eye" is a much more serious example of his style. As with all of Bucher's titles, "The Graphic Eye" is thought provoking, intelligent look at a side of design most of us have not taken the time to think about. I have truly enjoyed owning this book and using it within my classroom.
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If you only know Stefan Bucher from his ongoing love affair with inky monsters -100 Days Of Monsters (with DVD)- then you're missing out on his equally keen (certainly graphic) eye for photographic material. As a designer, illustrator and photographer himself, he brings his wit and razor-sharp skills along for the ride in this eclectic collection of what other designers have been spying through their own viewfinders.

Although we often bill ourselves primarily as graphic designers, it's no giant surprise to find out that we're all toting some sort of camera with us on a regular basis and producing imagery for more than just the latest layout mock-up that we're passing along to our clientele.

The bigger surprise that "The Graphic Eye" packs is the reveal on all the percolating interests and slightly-out-of-sight fixations so many of us are not only harboring, but capturing through a lens on a semi-regular basis. In the hands of Mr. Bucher, this happy little grab-bag of designer photography turns into an incredibly well metered and sophisticated trip through extremely diverse material.

Whether you flip a bit rapid-fire through the collection to beeline for the "big name" designers' work or slow down to stroll-pace to enjoy images from the folks included (familiar or otherwise), I think you'll be particularly struck by Bucher's work as curator and orchestrator as much as you are by the wonderful crazy-quilt of the whole affair.

Make sure not to miss out on Ruth Huimerind's incredibly lyrical and vividly colorful model photography, Margo Chase's ongoing love-affair with masks and faces, and Ed Fella's ghostly Polaroid work.
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