President of the design division of Sterling Brands and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, contributing editor at Print Magazine, and noted writer, Debbie Millman wrangles 19 of the best designing minds into one probing and insightful book. How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer is drawn from interviews with luminaries and is based around the essential questions, "How do you think? How do you connect to others? What are your special skills?" Pleasingly performed by Nicole Vilencia, Millman’s audiobook includes interviews with sages such as Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser, and Paula Scher.
Revealing, intimate interviews with 19 giants of graphic design. Probing questions from a top interviewer and branding executive. Unique, compelling insights and inspirations.
Take a peek inside the heads of some of the world's greatest living graphic designers. How do they think, how do they connect to others, what special skills do they have? In honest and revealing interviews, 19 designers, including Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Beirut, David Carson, and Milton Glaser, share their approaches, processes, opinions, and thoughts about their work with noted brand designer Debbie Millman. The internet radio talk host of Design Matters, Millman persuades the greatest graphic designers of our time to speak frankly and openly about their work. How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer offers a rare opportunity to observe and understand the giants of the industry.
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"A delightful opportunity to eavesdrop on some of the most curious and creative minds of our time." (Malcolm Gladwell, author, The Tipping Point and Blink)
"A journey to discover the motivations, ambitions and frustrations of successful designers working hard in a volatile profession." (Communication Arts)
"Anyone who struggles daily to create great work will be inspired and encouraged by these intimate glimpses into remarkable minds." (Joyce Rutter Kaye, Editor-in-Chief, Print magazine)
Graphic design discussion and criticism seems to flow from the same old crowd. While the advice isn't bad, it's redundant.
My problem with most graphic design "greats" are their speaking in illusions. They high high brow but say little.
While not a bad read, it's not a great one.
Somewhere in the middle- these are fairly superficial interviews
The reader constantly mispronounces words- she butchers genre, milieu and segue. She mispronounces almost all pronouns- James Victore comes in for a beating.
Brief interviews with Designers
It is written in an interview style, so the going back and forth is very difficult to follow if there is not a change in voice. There should have been one voice of the female interviewer and a different voice for a female interviewee voice and/or a male interviewee voice.
That aside, it was very insightful and interesting.
The title feels misleading (she clears that up in the first chapter) but is more a glimpse into the minds of 20 well-known names in the world of design... Milton Glaser, Peter Saville, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, Neville Brody to name a few.
Inspiring and interesting.
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