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Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design

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This update to the first book to provide explicit case histories of the successful marriage of form and content in graphic design explores more than 125 classic and contemporary works-30 of them brand new-explaining why they are aesthetically significant and how they function as good design. These thought pieces offer a vast taste of the aesthetic, political, historical, a ...more
ebook, 783 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by Allworth Press (first published August 1997)
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Aug 07, 2007 Inggita rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: art historians
this is more a history book on design - there are more stories than there are pictures.
Rob Adey
Interesting survey of design history through landmark examples. Really suffers from a lack of images, though - one per (admittedly very short) chapter isn't really enough for this kind of thing.
Nov 02, 2010 Mariana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: designers, design students
Much like his Looking Closer series, this is a book for what should be a redundancy but seems more like an oxymoron every day: the thinking designer. This is not an eye-candy book, full of pretty pictures and not much substance. It is a (brief) primer on design history and evolution. If Design Literacy and Meggs' History of Graphic Design had a baby, that would be the definitive book on the origins, development, and understanding of graphic design.
the book has a ton of design history information. I only got a through the first section and half the second. Which may be a shame but I just wasn't into it right now. Maybe I'll give it go at a later date and could give more attention to the reading. I found it just be okay so far.
read this book for the chapter on magazine cover design alone, and it is worth your time.
Couldn't finish it- needed some consistent narrative. It's too choppy for me.
Tim McGrath
I haven't found a book by Steven Heller that i've hated. Great book.
Tam Mckenzie
Engin & Sciences - NC998 .H45 1999
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Oct 02, 2007 Annie Wang rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: graphic designers
Still reading, very much learning.
Fantastic book about modern design
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Steven Heller writes a monthly column on graphic design books for The New York Times Book Review and is co-chair of MFA Design at the School of Visual Arts. He has written more than 100 books on graphic design, illustration and political art, including Paul Rand, Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Avant Garde Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century, Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design Second Ed ...more
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