- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Booth-Clibborn; Slp edition (March 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861542070
- ISBN-13: 978-1861542076
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,976,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sagmeister: Made You Look Paperback – March 1, 2001
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Another self-indulgent design monograph (practically everything we have ever designed including the bad stuff) is Stefan Sagmeister's hand-scrawled subtitle for the first book about his work, Made You Look. This, and the book's clear red case and silver-gilded pages, seem contrary to the raw, handwritten style he is known for, already setting us up for a wild and very personal ride through almost the entire corpus of the 39-year-old designer's work. Sagmeister once scratched words into his skin for his own lecture poster at Cranbrook, and this is the book version--sometimes enlightening, sometimes embarrassing, always self-conscious, and ultimately touching. The story is a conversation between Peter Hall's text and Sagmeister's handwritten commentary, a perfect and believable device for an absorbing dialogue. Self-indulgent as Made You Look may be, Sagmeister lays himself open with idealism, irony, and humor, creating one of the most moving books about design. --Juliette Cezzar
Sagmeister's work reveals a design schizophrenia: one moment, he's creating traditional designs that would make Massimo Vignelli nod in assent, -- Radical Graphics
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Now, on the way the product was handled is another story. Arrived yesterday and everything seemed fine in the bag it came in but once I took off it's seal, I realized the book cover was broken. I wouldn't have an issue if the cover was actually part of what makes this book unique. Quite disappointing really.
However this review is for Amazon's version of it, I ordered my copy and it arrived with a cracked red case. If you are someone who loves this book as well, I would much rather buy it from a local store if they carry it. I think the casing is really fragile, therefore if you are considering buying this from Amazon, expect that there could be quality issues.
The content is 5/5 but I had to rate this a 4/5 because of the case issue.
His name keeps popping up again and again on the internet, and he is a really interesting character, so I took a chance on a book I wouldn't normally buy, since it's kind of expensive for what I usually pay, and I have never bought a design book before.
But I'm glad I did. I've had so much fun going through the book. I've never interacted with a book in so many ways, visual puns, flip books, indexes that are actually FUN to read. Inspired.
It's a book I'm proud to own.