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Design Disasters: Great Designers, Fabulous Failure, and Lessons Learned

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The thrill of victory…the agony of defeat. We're not talking about just any failure. Design failure. So public. So humiliating. How do designers who are really, really good (we swear!) turn a disaster into a triumph? Read this book and find out, as dozens of top names reveal the heartbreaking—and sometimes hilarious—mistakes they have made and talk about how they were able ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Allworth Press (first published October 1st 2008)
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This is an anthology of short essays by contemporary designers and observers of design. The editor, Steven Heller, is certainly one of the most articulate designers who writes about the craft.

The theme is entertaining: everyone has failures, and designers should learn to incorporate design failures into their problem solving process. The essays are of uneven quality; and even those which are well written have a hard time going beyond entertainment. If there were a formula for good design, every
If it were not for the title I would have given the book four stars. Yes, the stories were well written and amusing. I enjoyed the book as an interesting collection of antidotes for certain. But, the stories in the book read more like cathartic exercises than insightful accounts of "Design Disasters."

About the title ...
Design Disasters is a bit dramatic since many were hiccups and typical problems that designers face every day. Great designers? — some were actually writers and poets perhaps with
So far it's not what I expected. It's more personal reflection about failure and how it feels to fail. I was expecting more concrete examples with analyses about what went wrong.
This book made me feel okay about trying new things and having them not work.
Sometimes even the best fail. That was comforting to read.
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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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