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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Sagmeister's work reveals a design schizophrenia: one moment, he's creating traditional designs that would make Massimo Vignelli nod in assent, -- Radical Graphics --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Slp edition (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861542747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861542748
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,126,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been suckered and wowed into a few design monographs, some of which were refreshing, some way to analytical and some just too abstract for any earthling to grab meaning from it.
Although no book/theories/processes can save anyone's design soul, seeing/understanding Stefan's work has helped me understand that all elements humor/angst/beauty/finesse/distress/ugliness/cynicism can be mashed into this design work we do and can be done without all of this pontification.
This isn't any sort of epiphany, it's just a reaction to all the pretty, high-style fashion driven stuff with no heart/no sense of self that has been floating around for some time.
From most of what I've read, humorous yet always self aware, I feel the connection of rock-n-roll/punk ethics expressed more than just see it. I think this example of pure self expression gives reason for anyone to continue to do this type of work.
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I actually READ this one! You know, not just look at the pictures. What a courageous, talented, outragous guy. His handwritten notes throughout the book were so incredibly easy to relate to, especially if you've worked in this business long enough to know what a "mechanical" is. I have admired this designer via other design annuals for years and I am thrilled he finally shared some of his design journal and work with us- all in his own words. Thank you, Stefan, for having the "balls"!
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Sagmeister is mentioned in every graphic art textbook I have ever read, and there is a reason for this: His endeavors see no boundaries and he continues to learn from his accomplishments, as well as from his mistakes. His work is incredibly honest. He lays his soul bare. And his branding ideas make a lot of money, so his workflow is not just theoretical, it is applicable in the real world.
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Stefan Sagmeister pushes the edges way beyond recognition. He ventures places I would (or could) never dare, but this work inspires me to be a little more daring, a little edgier, to design a bit more controversially to get attention and evoke reaction. He has incredible vision and imagination, and is bold enough to carry off some very challenging and creative pieces. The line between graphic design and true art is blurred - wait, absent - in much of his work. I've read the book cover to cover a couple of times, but it's always a pleasure just to leaf through and discover something new and delightful. This is the one book I would not want to do without, if only because he inspires me to try more, do more.
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A designers journal that, between the old europe, Hong Kong, Vienna and New York, describes, with a revolutionary and persuasive attitude, the daily thinking and the extreme necessity to survive and be successfull as an innovative designer. In it, the most provocative and enjoyable work of the last 20 years. Again an incredible gift to the designers Community.
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When I read it (it's something you rarely say about a design book) I felt like I'm thinking as one with Stefan. This book is so packed with brilliant design, tricks and humor that every page becomes memorable. It's going to be hard to top this, even for a seasoned designer who decides to write another design monograph.
What a joy, Stephan!
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What a dilicious book. I savored every bite and thought about its unique flavor for days afterwards. If you buy only one book on graphic design in your life, thats the one.
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In concept the book lining is very cool, and as you will read, reflective of his earlier work. However, if you are a stickler for the details. The plastic material it is made of has proven to be difficult to ship. I have attempted to ship this book twice. In both attempts, the cover was cracked/ damaged. A minor detail, but it is a major feature to this book and I want it to last and to not be held together with tape and glue. Maybe it is Sagmiester's vision for the cover, maybe it is UPS package handling, maybe it is just cheap plastic... either way, I recommend this books content. Buyer beware of the hazards involved with shipping it.
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