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The Debate: The Legendary Contest of Two Giants of Graphic Design

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The first English translation of a famous 1972 debate between Dutch graphic designers Wim Crouwel and Jan van Toorn, a public clash of subjectivity versus objectivity at Amsterdam’s Museum Fodor that helped set the stage for bold philosophical showdowns to come in design culture.
 
Held in response to an exhibition of Van Toorn’s work at Stedelijk Museum, including student
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Hardcover, 184 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by The Monacelli Press (first published February 3rd 2015)
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Nedislav
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The moment I remembered this book I was really happy. My friend, Annelous, told me about it in the first year of the academy and she must have thought it is a great moment to read it.

She must be right, because reading it now, just before the third year, it gave me a lot of insights. It also opened more questions, but this is all natural, I suppose. Reading what these two great designers have in mind when they work and the way they defend their philosophies was a great pleasure.

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Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Wish i'd read this as a student. Useful to have the examples at the back.
Difficult to known what to say about the cover in response to the content, design desperate to justify a budget.
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it's cool. van toorn is the clear winner. cool to read the whole thing and their work is of course amazing, but really only for the nerds. ...more
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