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Self Portrait as Your Traitor Hardcover – November 8, 2013
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"The essays and poems in this new collection are presented in eccentric, beautiful ways. It's also--no surprise--a gorgeously designed book." --New York Magazine
"For readers, it's a chance to peek into a unique mind, and be alternately amused and shocked by what we find there... Millman uses large fonts, varied backgrounds, and a lot of other techniques to make the book as intriguing to gaze at as to read." --Bookslut
"A spectacular collection of illustrated essays and poems on everything from love to (self)forgiveness to the Super Bowl, blending the deeply personal mesmerism of a memoir with the profound, universal resonance of philosophy on our shared human triumphs and tribulations." --Brain Pickings
"Debbie Millman has demonstrated her ability to combine thoughts about design and everyday life with her own obsessive hand drawn typography, creating a new form of visual poetry. She has invented a 21st century illuminated manuscript." --from the Introduction by Paula Scher
Praise for Millman's previous books:
Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits
"Transcends business implications to dive into the very nature of human behavior...a powerful look at the role brand plays in society, politics, economics, psychology and technology." --Forbes Magazine
Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design
"Brilliant." --New York Magazine
"Visual Poetry" --Cool Hunting
About the Author
Debbie Millman - an artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, writer, brand strategist, and educator - draws no distinction between life and work, career and calling. Her visual essays have been exhibited at the Chicago Design Museum, have graced the pages of Print Magazine, and have been collected in Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays at the Intersection of Life and Design. Since 2005, her radio show Design Matters has been a beacon of creative culture through conversations with luminaries like Malcolm Gladwell, Milton Glaser, Lawrence Weiner, Neville Brody, Maira Kalman, and dozens more. In 2011, the show received the prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. She is the author of the interview anthologies Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits and How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer.
From co-founding and chairing the Masters in Branding program at the School of Visual Arts to working with some of the world's most prominent brands as President of the design division at Sterling Brands to serving as President Emeritus of AIGA, Millman has been pushing the limits of the possible in branding, design, and the communication arts for nearly two decades.
She lives in Chelsea with two beloved dogs, a crazy cat, and a library containing several copies of Ulysses full of marginalia.
Top Customer Reviews
Don't get me wrong - this is an enjoyable book. It most reminds me of the best work I might find in the journals/sketchbooks of my friends and colleagues in the fine art programs in college and graduate school. Here, Millman's best work has very obviously been collected, edited, and scrupulously prepared for publication in a lovely volume. It's fun to peruse, but reading/looking at it is more similar to reading personal thoughts that may resonate with your life situation than it is to studying deep philosophical thought that explores the bases of human existence and purpose.
"...I give myself away too easily. This I know and figure into the equation as I weigh the simple and the nasty." Finally read Penelope, one of my favorites, whose title page I won't spoil here, but is beautifully wrought. All is all a beautiful and emotional book. I read it through, but I keep picking it up and opening to random pages; it hasn't stopped delighting me.
Read it, cherish it, give it as a gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good work and well designed. Very out-thinking and wow, no words to explain more the sensation behind this piece of artPublished 4 months ago by Jean G.
This is more of a coffee table type book of Millman's work - interesting to look at but I would not have purchased it if I had seen it first.Published on January 28, 2014 by Life Work Designer
Well written in a very unique way. I am happy to know the author personally. Recommend as good gift for your avid reader.Published on January 4, 2014 by Julieanne E Davidson
This offered no new information. Kind of full of itself -- forced graphics to fit forced stories. Some too hard on the eyes to even contemplate. I despise wasting money...Published on December 23, 2013 by Nanette deVal
This book is unique, clever and gently probes human frailty. It is easy to pick up but difficult to put down. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by rose hood