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Paul Rand: A Designer`s Art [Paperback]

Mr. Paul Rand
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Sept. 10 2000
Paul Rand was one of the world's leading graphic designers. Honoured by prestigious awards from many professional and academic groups, he was the first recipient of the Florence Prize for Visual Communication in 1987. He is the author of many books, the most recent of which are Design, Form, and Chaos (ISBN 0 300 05553 6, #40.00*) and From Lascaux to Brooklyn (ISBN 0 300 06676 7, #40.00*), both published by Yale University Press.

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"Mr. Rand's work is distinguished for its ready wit and richness of reference . . . [He] describes his work with the same precision, economy, and passion he displays in his graphic designs, and he lets us understand the nature of his relationships with his clients, his audience, and his art." -- Alan Fern, New York Times Book Review

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Paul Rand was one of the world's leading graphic designers. Honored by prestigious awards from many professional and academic groups, he was the first recipient of the Florence Prize for Visual Communication in 1987. He is the author of many books, the most recent of which are Design, Form, and Chaos and From Lascaux to Brooklyn, both published by Yale University Press.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Designer's Inspiration June 23 2004
Format:Paperback
Reading Paul Rand's book "A Designer's Art" should be a source of inspiration for anyone who considers him- or herself a designer -- in any medium. At least, it was definitely an inspiration for me.

I didn't expect to get much out of it when I started it, frankly. Part of that feeling is attributable to the fact that I didn't know Rand's work as well as I should. I had heard the name, but did not know what he had done. As the book began, and I figured out that he is, in a large way, responsible for the corporate identity of some pretty big names (IBM, Westinghouse, and UPS among them), and is capable of working in multiple media, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, I found myself respecting him. As it continued and he showed himself to be not only a very creative designer, but also a thoughtful analyst and an excellent communicator, I found myself agreeing with most of what he had to say. As the book concluded, I found myself inspired in my own work by what he pointed out.

"A Designer's Art" is everything its title implies... it is about good design and it is about compelling art. The two, while not necessarily the same, are definitely fused together in many ways. Artistic disciplines and methods and trends affect design work to a large extent, while principles of good design can also be applied to the basic creative process one goes through when making a more purely artistic endeavour.

Particularly compelling in this regard was the chapter near the end of the book, about the benefits of the "play instinct" and how it applies to design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book: Designer's Delight Nov. 26 2000
Format:Paperback
First off: Rand is one of the best graphic designers of all time. He designed some of the best logos of the 20th century (example: the IBM logo), and this book features some of his best work. Rand doesn't take himself too seriously, and this book has a touch of humor here and there. His genius is that he can pull off a liquor ad, kids book or corporate showcase. My favorite thing about the work is that it doesn't look dated, there is a timeless classic quality here. Rand designed this book himself and the quality shows, this book is a must for anyone who is a professional graphic designer. Sadly Mr. Rand is no longer with us, but we have his treasures in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Rand: A Designer's Must Have July 29 2003
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The single greatest book on Graphic Design ever written. This is not a tutorial or a how to, but a why. Why things work, why they don't, and why it is important to know about its history. Learn the importance of this medium, its impact on industry, and its place in the arts.
"That graphic design is generally considered a minor art has more to do with posturing than it does with reality."
-Paul Rand
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5.0 out of 5 stars NON LIKE ANY OTHER Jan. 8 2003
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I don't want my competitors to read this. It gives me the edge in designing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK Feb. 3 2002
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Format:Paperback
The book was extremely well written, but it was the content I was diappointed with. I expected more info on basic design techniques. It seemed more of a picture book.
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