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Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers Paperback – October 26, 2010
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About the Author
Steven Heller, a recipient of the AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement, is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is formerly the senior art director of the New York Times and is a contributing editor and writer to numerous publications including Print, Eye, Metropolis, and Grafik. He is the author of many books on graphic design, most recently Handwritten, New Vintage Type, and New Ornamental Type.
Lita Talarico is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She was the founding managing editor of American Illustration & Photography and has written for numerous other publications, including as a reporter-at-large for Graphis. She is a founding associate of Bill Lacy Design.
Top customer reviews
In this thick 352-page paperback, 110 artists and designers are featured. A lot of graphic designers are unfamiliar to me but I do spot a few illustrators like Gary Baseman, James Jean (he seems to be in a lot of sketchbook collections), infographics maestro Nigel Holmes, John Cuneo.
The illustrative style is incredibly varied and the drawing subjects random. The work featured range from scrappy sketches to photographic collages. Each is a snapshot of the artist's mind. However the sketches are nothing like the commercial work the artists do, with the exception of a few. Compared to other sketchbook collections, this book is less illustrative in the sense that the drawings are more doodle-like.
The commentary is concise, sure, but could have been longer for more reading pleasure. The websites of all the artists are included at the back of the book.
If you're not into any specific subjects and like doodles, you might like this book.
There are two publishers for this book namely The Monacelli Press and Thames & Hudson. The editions are priced differently, but should contain the same content. On Amazon UK, Thames & Hudson's edition is much cheaper.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
I don't always love the styles of the designers, but I can appreciate their ideas and what they have to say about keeping a sketchbook. Overall it's just interesting and it gives you a little view on how they think.
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