Design Dialogues

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This wide-ranging compilation of interviews offers a colorful and candid introduction to the personalities, passions, and work of thirty- four respected designers, artists, authors, and media producers. With design as the common thread, each exchange opens an individual perspective on the visual culture at large, ranging in focus from the manipulative power of images to the place of theory in design practice to the myriad interactions between design and life. The stories are woven from experiences in media, ...

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Overview

This wide-ranging compilation of interviews offers a colorful and candid introduction to the personalities, passions, and work of thirty- four respected designers, artists, authors, and media producers. With design as the common thread, each exchange opens an individual perspective on the visual culture at large, ranging in focus from the manipulative power of images to the place of theory in design practice to the myriad interactions between design and life. The stories are woven from experiences in media, theory, history, politics, and the blurry realm of interactivity, and are told by such notables as Ellen Lupton discussing her life as a design curator, Tibor Kalman confronting the relationship between practice and social responsibility, John Plunkett on his motivations for founding Wired magazine, and Ralph Ginzburg telling all about the controversial publication that ultimately sent him to prison. Both an oral history of graphic design and a living record of where we are today, these engaging and evocative dialogues provide anyone interested in design or popular culture with a means of understanding, as well as ideas for working in, the visual world around them. Included are thirty-four black-and-white illustrations and interviews with: Massimo Vignelli, Paul Rand, Stephen Doyle, Jonathan Barnbrook, Jonathan Hoefler, Michael Ian Kaye, Dana Arnett, Chris Pullman, Jose Conde, Nicholas Callaway, George Lois, Philip Meggs, Rick Prelinger, Dan Solo, Rick Poynor, Ellen Lupton, Katherine McCoy, Johanna Drucker, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, Sue Coe, Stuart Ewen, Ralph Ginzburg, Tibor Kalman, Richard Saul Wurman, Michael Ray Charles, Morris Wyszogrod, Jules Feiffer, Rodney Alan Greenblat, David Vogler, Edwin Schlossberg, Robert Greenberg, and John Plunkett.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Heller has a long list credentials as a designer and author/editor of numerous books and articles on the subject. Here he presents interviews with 34 individuals who work as designers, artists, authors, and media producers, touching on themes of theory, history, politics, and visual culture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581150070
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 6.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Design: Design as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New
York. His many previous books include Typographic
Universe, New Modernist Type, and
Scripts.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Steven Heller on Design Dialogues
Massimo Vignelli on Rational Design 3
Paul Rand on the Play Instinct 9
Stephen Doyle on Humor in Design 15
Jonathan Barnbrook on Experimentation 21
Jonathan Hoefler on Type Design 29
Michael Ian Kaye on Book Jackets 39
Dana Arnett on Design and Film 45
Chris Pullman on Design for Television 51
Jose Conde on Design in Japan 59
Nicholas Callaway on Book Packaging 67
George Lois on Advertising 73
Philip Meggs on Graphic Design History 89
Rick Prelinger on History as Commodity 97
Dan Solo on Antique Type 103
Rick Poynor on Design Journalism 109
Ellen Lupton on Curating Design 117
Katherine McCoy on Design Education 133
Johanna Drucker on Design Theory 139
Ivan Chermayeff on Modernism Past and Present 145
Milton Glaser on Professionalism, Education, Celebrity, and Criticism 149
Michael Bierut on Design Criticism 157
Sue Coe on Art and Politics 169
Stuart Ewen on Public Relations and Spin 175
Ralph Ginzburg on the Perils of Publishing 185
Tibor Kalman on Social Responsibility 191
Richard Saul Wurman on Information Architecture 199
Michael Ray Charles on Racial Stereotypes 205
Morris Wyszogrod on a Designer in Captivity 211
Jules Feiffer on Children's Books 219
Rodney Alan Greenblat on the Candy-Colored Cartooniverse 227
David Vogler on Web Design for Kids 233
Edwin Schlossberg on Interactive Environments 239
Robert Greenberg on Technology and Design 245
John Plunkett on the Wired World 249
Index 255
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