03 January 2008

Great Reads and a View for 2008

We all want to get the year started off on a good foot so I have a few suggestions to get the passion moving in your blood. My top three picks are:
Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut;
How to Think Like a Graphic Designer by Debbie Millman;
Helvetica - the film by Gary Hustwit

Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design by Michael Bierut is an assortment of his writings over the past few years. Michael is one of the founders of the wonderful design blog, The Design Observer and a partner at Pentagram. His book is composed of many of the essays he has written for the blog. The great part about this publication is the insight Michael gives us on our profession. The 79 essays cover Michael’s observations on history, design and other, politics, design criticism and social commentary. Once you pick up the book, you will find yourself carrying it around, trying to find a few minutes in the day where you can read the next essay.

How to Think Like a Graphic Designer by Debbie Millman is a collection of interviews of some the great designers of our profession including Milton Glaser, Paula Scher, Stefan Sagmeister, Chip Kidd and Massimo Vignelli. Each interview gives you a glimpse about each designer, from how he or she got started years ago, to what’s important to them, and how he or she works. The questions are insightful and thoughtful. Debbie is the hosts of the Internet radio show Design Matters with Debbie Millman on the Voice America Business Network and a partner at Sterling Brands in NYC.

Gary Hustwit actually pulled off a documentary film based on a font. Helvetica is a history of how the font was created and its huge impact and use since its design in the 50s. The film interviews many innovative designers from around the world about Helvetica and shows how we use it everyday. The film is well paced, has a great sound track and is a great history lesson of our design world.

Get your passion going, may your new year be full of great designs and be happy and safe.

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