Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design

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Steven Heller
Allworth Press, 2004 - Design - 433 pages
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Author and design expert Steven Heller has revisited and revised the popular classic Design Literacy by revising many of the thoughtful essays from the original and mixing in thirty-two new works. Each essay offers a taste of the aesthetic, political, historical, and personal issues that have engaged designers from the late nineteenth century to the present--from the ubiquitous (the swastika, antiwar posters) to the whimsical (MAD magazine parodies). The essays are organized into eight thematic categories--persuasion, mass media, language, identity, information, iconography, style, and commerce.

This revised edition also highlights recent trends in graphic design such as aesthetic changes in typography in the digital age and the nexus between graphic design and wired culture. This is an eclectic look at how, why, and if graphic design influences our ever-evolving, diverse world.

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Couldn't finish it- needed some consistent narrative. It's too choppy for me. Read full review

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I haven't found a book by Steven Heller that i've hated. Great book. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Steven Heller is the art director of the New York Times Book Review, the chair of the graduate design program at the School of Visual Arts, and the author of more than 80 books, including The Education of a Graphic Designer. He lives in New York City.

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