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Screen: Essays on Graphic Design, New Media, and Visual Culture
Designer and critic Jessica Helfand has emerged as a leading voice of a new generation of designers. Her essays--at once pithy, polemical, and precise--appear in places as diverse as Eye, Print, ID, The New Republic, and the LA Times.The essays collected here decode the technologies, trends, themes, and personalities that define design today, especially "the new media," an ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Princeton Architectural Press
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Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel's essays on Design and new media are pretty essential. They can get a little self-important in the way that is natural for a trained designer facing the "user-generated" generation of "designers" but that doesn't dilute the message at all.
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“Remarkably, studies of visual perception have found that two-dimensional images projected onto the retina only achieve full dimensionality as a result of our perception: we infer the third dimension of depth. Sadly, though, as the urgency to expedite all communicative transactions usurps out customary patterns of exchange, perception is accelerated as well. There does not seem to be a great deal of time left over to infer--or interpret, or imagine--much of anything at all. In the end, of course, there is nothing real about this at all, except for our propensity to let it happen.”More quotes…