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Looking Closer is a collection of the best contemporary writing about graphic design, including theoretical, practical, business-oriented, philosophical, and humorous essays. Selected by a prestigious editorial committee composed of Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Steven Heller,and DK Holland, the essays reflect on inspiration, ethics, "isms," the impact of new technolog ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Allworth
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Zoran Zelenika
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Decent book with some very nice insights.
It is however very much of it's time (late 80's-early 90's), with terror of desktop publishing and lunatics with Macs ruining the world of design being a constant topic throughout. My main gripe with the book, making the title somewhat ironic, is that someone should have looked closer into the actual print, layout and general presentation. The format is big but flimsy, paper of the worst office cheap-stock and the layout and binding such that it takes so
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Ramon de Santiago
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic collection of essays despite being 20 years old. Interesting to read about the design environment in the pre-internet era. The web was just taking off and design conversation centered around its impending impact. Some very heady, intellectual essays along with some classic ones like Tibor Kalman's rant "Fuck Committees", against the take-over of the design world by corporate culture. ...more
Jennifer
Aug 10, 2007 rated it liked it
there's 2 or 3 pretty awesome essays in here. fucking read them. ...more
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Michael Bierut studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, graduating summa cum laude in 1980. Prior to joining Pentagram in 1990 as a partner in the firm’s New York office, he worked for ten years at Vignelli Associates, ultimately as vice president of graphic design.

Bierut’s clients at Pentagram have included the Alliance for Downto
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