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Austin Howe is a creative director, writer, advocate, and cheerleader for design-but not a designer. He believes “in the wonder and exuberance of someone who gets paid-by clients to do what he loves.” Howe places immense value on curiosity and passion to help designers develop a point of view, a strong voice. He explores the creative process and conceptualization, and delv ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Allworth Press (first published 2009)
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James
“The bottom line is that times change, culture changes and tastes change, but great ideas will always be great ideas. They will stand the test of time. And insofar as graphic design is about ideas first and foremost, and as long as the execution serves the idea, it really doesn't matter what we call it or how academia tries to reverse engineer it.”

Gems like this permeate this book, which is really just a short collection of stuff that he started writing one day. The miniature essays range from s
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Ninakix
There are some nice gems and questions in here. But probably, most of this stuff is best for people who work in agencies or advertising. It's difficult when the definition of design is so broad.
Laura Shields
Very interesting design commentary—helps to rethink the role of designers through historical, humorous, and personal anecdotes. The dialogue about the role designers play in advertising firms and relationship they have with art directors does not apply as much to independent contractors, but could be very useful to revisit later. An easy and enjoyable read, presenting thoughts and ideas worth meditating on.
Michael
An interesting collection of essays on the subject of design. In an nice design touch, each is preceded by a title and an estimate in minutes of how long it would take to read. The content was opinionated and interesting, but I don't feel that I know tons more about design for having read it.
Chris
I spent $20 on this book and that was four times the worth I found within. If I ever read the phrase "My favorite designers…" again, I am going to throw the item I am reading it upon out the nearest window (whether it be a book, a tablet, a laptop, or scrawled on a chalkboard).
James Wilson
A bit negative for my tastes, but overall a great message and lots of inspiration to take with you.
Seth Whitton
Fun and quick to read before diving into your workday.
Christopher
Simply inspiring.
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