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How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer Paperback – October 30, 2007
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"Offers outsiders a rare glimpse into the minds of designers. Millman gets such interesting interviews out of her subjects." -- Core 77
"A delightful opportunity to eavesdrop on some of the most curious and creative minds of our time." -- Malcolm Gladwell, author, The Tipping Point and Blink
"A journey to discover the motivations, ambitions and frustrations of successful designers working hard in a volatile profession." -- Communication Arts
"Anyone who struggles daily to create great work will be inspired and encouraged by these intimate glimpses into remarkable minds." -- Joyce Rutter Kaye, editor-in-chief, Print magazine
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Having said that, what it is, is a mesmerising collection of interviews with 20 well-known names in the world of design... Milton Glaser, Peter Saville, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Neville Brody to name a few. It is an absolutely delightful read.
At the end of the day, you may not learn anything from reading this book (what with one designer contradicting the other), but what you do get is realization that there isn't one single formula that makes a designer... they're all so different and unique in their thinking and their methods.
(This book would be a 5-star, but I HAD to deduct a star for the wrong title!)
It's a relatively quick read. You can easily get immersed in the content, as it is very engaging. When reading, each designer's personality leaps off the page. You can get a sense of who the ego-maniacal type-A people are--who seek objective approval or validation of their work--and who the far less self-centered ones are, as they are not interested in "proving" themselves worthy of being called a designer. Some designers appear confident and overzealous, while some seem to be weathered and despondent. Overall, it's a good balance. ( sidebar: Chip Kidd is pure comedy gold!)
After reading this book, I would feel more comfortable initiating a conversation with Paula Scher if I randomly bumped into her in an elevator, or subway platform, rather then get all choked up in awe and fumble my words.
The book appropriately closes with an emotionally charged interview with Massimo Vignelli, which put quite simply is hilarious! Vignelli is funny without trying to be funny.Read more ›
It's none of that. It's actually an excellent collection of interviews with top designers. They answer questions in a honest, open way.
And their experience is too valuable to miss.
Read it and keep it to read again as your career progresses.
taking the focus off design technique and allowing one to understand the context of field of graphic design better. You get a little history and a little insight into common struggles facing designers. I wasn't wild about Millman's interviewing. I recommend "creativity" by mihaly Csikszentmihalyi if you like this book's style.
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Amazing book! It was like having a dialogue with greatest designers of our time. It was such a pleasure to read it and to learn so much. Thank you!Published 14 months ago by Yavor Apostolov
I think this is very informative and good for the soul for designers and great thinkers alike.Published 18 months ago by Liv Zabka
As a software professional, I thought it would be interesting to understand more about the design approach. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm new to the field of graphic design, so I hadn't heard of any of these designers before, but I loved their various approaches to the field and beautiful remarks on life, love,... Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by anneka
Nice summary of many different famous graphic designers thoughts. Book is a quick read and was enjoyable to read. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by mbenish
This book has been very inspirational to me. I finished within a few days. It's not only about or for graphic designers. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Ross W Meredith