79 Short Essays on Design

Front Cover
Princeton Architectural Press, May 31, 2007 - Design - 272 pages
3 Reviews
Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design brings together the best of designer Michael Bierut's critical writingserious or humorous, flattering or biting, but always on the mark. Bierut is widely considered the finest observer on design writing today. Covering topics as diverse as Twyla Tharp and ITC Garamond, Bierut's intelligent and accessible texts pull design culture into crisp focus. He touches on classics, like Massimo Vignelli and the cover of The Catcher in the Rye, as well as newcomers, like McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and color-coded terrorism alert levels. Along the way Nabakov's Pale Fire; Eero Saarinen; the paper clip; Celebration, Florida; the planet Saturn; the ClearRx pill bottle; and paper architecture all fall under his pen. His experience as a design practitioner informs his writing and gives it truth. In Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design, designers and nondesigners alike can share and revel in his insights.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: 79 Short Essays on Design

User Review  - James - Goodreads

A fantastic look into the design process from one of the industry's most respected current leaders. I re-read this every so often to reaffirm my career choice. Read full review

Review: 79 Short Essays on Design

User Review  - Gaelyn - Goodreads

some are better than others. easy to skip over those that aren't as good. Read full review

Contents

I
9
II
11
III
14
IV
18
V
23
VI
28
VII
32
VIII
35
XLII
128
XLIII
130
XLIV
134
XLV
136
XLVI
139
XLVII
142
XLVIII
145
XLIX
148

IX
39
X
42
XI
44
XII
46
XIII
49
XIV
52
XV
61
XVI
63
XVII
65
XVIII
67
XIX
70
XX
72
XXI
75
XXII
77
XXIII
79
XXIV
81
XXV
84
XXVI
87
XXVII
91
XXVIII
93
XXIX
96
XXX
98
XXXI
100
XXXII
102
XXXIII
104
XXXIV
106
XXXV
109
XXXVI
112
XXXVII
116
XXXVIII
118
XXXIX
120
XL
123
XLI
126
L
151
LI
154
LII
157
LIII
160
LIV
164
LV
167
LVI
170
LVII
173
LVIII
175
LIX
178
LX
181
LXI
184
LXII
188
LXIII
191
LXIV
194
LXV
197
LXVI
200
LXVII
204
LXVIII
208
LXIX
211
LXX
215
LXXI
217
LXXII
220
LXXIII
222
LXXIV
226
LXXV
230
LXXVI
234
LXXVII
237
LXXVIII
241
LXXIX
244
LXXX
247
LXXXI
262
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Michael Bierut is a partner at Pentagram and a 2006 AIGA medalist. He is a design critic for the online journal Design Observer, the Public Radio International program Studio 360, and the Yale School of Art.

Bibliographic information