Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design

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Krause Publications, Oct 9, 2009 - Design - 218 pages
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In Look Both Ways, respected branding consultant and design community leader Debbie Millman has constructed a series of essays that examine the close relationship between design and everyday life. You'll find inspiration on every page as you meander through illuminating observations that are both personal and universal. Each beautifully illustrated essay reveals the magic - and wonder - of the often unseen world around us.

Excerpt from "Look Both Ways"
It occurred to me, as I stood there, that I could simultaneously, vividly look both ways - backward and forward, in time - at once. I remembered longing to know what was coming, who I would become and how. And I suddenly saw it all over again in front of me. The light was exactly the same, and as the sun fell and the summer shadows slivered against the elegant, lean, concrete towers in the distance, I recognized the smell of the warm air, the precise pink and grey of the coming dusk and the mysterious melancholy and joy of both knowing and not-knowing, and the continuity that occurs when both collide.—Debbie Millman

 

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Contents

Yellow
7
My First Love
17
The Letter H
23
Fudgetown
27
Dot for Short
37
Debutante
49
Hello Dolly
63
Levis and Lacoste
73
Pick One
125
Economy Foam
137
Necessary Objects
147
Peonies
161
Lost in Translation
171
Final Frontier
179
Fail Safe
191
Look Both Ways
199

Cheese
83
Let It Be
101
If That Hadnt Happened
113
Acknowledgments
218
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About the author (2009)

Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for 25 years. She is a partner and president of the design division at Sterling Brands, one of the country's leading brand identity firms. She has been there for twelve years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Gillette, Unilever, Colgate, Kimberly Clark, Nestle and Campbell's. Debbie is currently on the National Board of the AIGA. She is an author on the design blog Speak Up, a regular contributor to Print Magazine and she teaches at the School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2005 she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled Design Matters with Debbie Millman and it is featured on the Voice America Business Network. The show currently has over 100,000 listeners a month.

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