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Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design [Paperback]

Andrea Bennett , Steven Heller , Audrey Bennett

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Sept. 1 2006
In an age of globalization and connectivity, the idea of "mainstream culture" has become quaint. Websites, magazines, books, and television have all honed in on ever-diversifying subcultures, hoping to carve out niche audiences that grow savvier and more narrowly sliced by the day. Consequently,the discipline of graphic design has undergone a sea change. Where visual communication was once informed by a designer's creative intuition, the proliferation of specialized audiences now callsfor more research-based design processes.Designers who ignore research run the risk of becoming mere tools for communication rather than bold voices. Design Studies, a collection of 27 essays from an international cast of top design researchers, sets out to mend this schism between research and practice. The texts presented here make a strong argument for performing rigorous experimentation and analysis. Each author outlines methods in which research has aided their designwhether by investigating how senior citizensreact to design aesthetics, how hip hop culture can influence design, or how design for Third World nations is affected by cultural differences. Contributors also outline inspired ways in which design educators can teach research methods to their students. Finally, Design Studies is rounded out by five annotated bibliographies to further aid designers in their research. This comprehensive reader is the definitive reference for this new direction in graphic design, and an essential resource for both students and practitioners.

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156898586X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568985862
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 15.1 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Audrey Bennett is a College Art Association professional development fellow and associate professor of graphics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for students Aug. 24 2012
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I'm a communication design major and this text was required for a class. I actually ended up reading the book cover to cover and have continued to reference it throughout my education. It will change your perspective on what design can be as well as offer inspiration and teach methodology for design research. The topics are wide-ranging and articles are well-written and engaging. I love this book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful and interesting Feb. 16 2008
By Kimberley Crofts - Published on Amazon.com
As a new university design teacher I found this book quite helpful in the initial stages of curriculum planning. The book has a wide variety of essays and case studies touching most areas of communication and multimedia design.

The specific examples of how other teachers have structured their classes is inspiring, in particular the case studies in the back section titled "Human Centred Design".

The extensive and descriptive "Cultural Studies Bibliography" is a wonderful resource for further study into the areas of design research, strategy and education.

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