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The Designer Says
Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom
Sara Bader

ISBN 9781616891343
Publication date 04/17/2013
5 x 7 inches (12.7 x 17.8 cm), Hardcover
160 pages
Rights: World; ( 2,473 .0)

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Whether musing about the creative process, the merits of failure and criticism, or the challenges of keeping the studio lights on, designers make good, and opinionated, copy. The Designer Says, the follow-up to our best-selling The Architect Says, is a compendium of quotations from more than one hundred of history's leading practitioners. Quotes are paired on page spreads like guests at a dinner party. A designer from the nineteenth century might sit next to one working today or two contemporary designers may strike up a conversation. Listen in as they compliment, provoke, and one-up each other in this lively volume of insights.

This portable collection makes the perfect gift for designers, students, and anyone curious about the ideas and personalities that shape the art of visual communication.This beautifully designed compendium features quotations from Otl Aicher, Saul Bass, Michael Bierut, Irma Boom, Robert Brownjohn, Matthew Carter, Art Chantry, Ivan Chermayeff, Seymour Chwast, Elaine Lustig Cohen, William Drenttel, Charles and Ray Eames, Ed Fella, Alan Fletcher, Adrian Frutiger, Eric Gill, Milton Glaser, Jessica Helfand, Experimental Jetset, Ellen Lupton, Karel Martens, Debbie Millman, L'szl Moholy-Nagy, Bruno Mari, Paul Rand, Michael Rock, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Paula Scher, Kurt Schwitters, Erik Spiekermann, Jan Tschichold, Massimo Vignelli, and Hermann Zapf, among many others.


Editorial Reviews

"Inspiring witticisms, quips, and pearls of wisdom of some of the world's best graphic designers."

Brain Pickings:
"A charming compendium of more than one hundred beautifully typeset remarks by some of today's and yesteryear's most celebrated graphic design minds."

"If you are in a rut, questioning your life choices, or just want an engaging read, crack open The Designer Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom (Princeton Architectural Press) for 'salient advice, opinions, and wisdom' from more than 100 contemporary and historic designers. This compendium consists of attractive spreads that pair two designers' quotes side by side to create 'mini-conversations' that will encourage you on one page and make you snicker at the candor on the next."

The Designer Says:Tweet-sized advice from design legends, Cool Hunting:
"Their wisdom comes across in gorgeous type and succinct humor. [This] makes for an inspirational reference."

Swiss Miss:
"What a great gift! Well done, Princeton Architectural Press!"

Design Crush:
"The graphic designer side of me knows I will be referencing The Designer Says on those uninspired, caught-in-the-headlights days for years to come."

Bigger Dot:
"Check out this new book of quotes and words of wisdom from famous designers. We think you will be inspired, not only by the words on the pages but also by the beautiful typefaces used throughout the book!"

"Just buy yourself a copy or surprise the creative you treasure most."

The Design Ark:
"The Designer Says, compiled and edited by Sara Bader of Quotenik, is a fantastic little book; an inspirational reference for when you are suffering from creative block... This portable collection would make a great gift find out more here."

2Modern blog:
"In a contest for least pretentiousyet wholly memorableaphorisms, the great graphic designer Saul Bass may have to be awarded top prize. Luckily, he is not the only one with something to say in The Designer Says, a compilation of memorable quotes from more than 100 creative minds who have been around long enough to be well worth the read. Though, can you really imagine anyone topping the pure honesty of "I want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares?" We can't."

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