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
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, nineteen 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.
©2007 Debbie Millman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"Not what I expected but"
This wasn't quite what I expected based on the title but I did find it enjoyable, listening to the interviews of the various designers how they got their starts and their individual perspectives. I rated this 3 stars because I was expecting something after those to kind of summarize for the reader/listener to be able to apply the learnings from these interviews to their own personal approach.
"Decent interviews on design, horrible reading"
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
"Because it is an interview, it is hard to follow!"
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.
"Disappointed in the audio performance."
This book is a classic for graphic designers and a great one to own in physical form. The audio version of this was disappointing. Sometimes it was difficult to differentiate between Millman's dialogue and the interviewees. It could have used more contrast between the two participants. I don't understand the decision to use only one narrator, who has no real differentiating tones between everyone. All the different interviewees answers start to blend together. I also had to play this entire thing on 1.25 speed because she read. So. Slowly.
"Good advice but disappointing"
Overall this book had some great advice to share with listeners. However, the narrative was highly redundant thus leading to a cumbersome dialog. This copy would have done better if the text was shorter for the interview narrative carried throughout the text.
Good nuggets but some of the designers are so pretentious. The reader accentuates this by trying to make the interviewees sound smarter than they are.
"Great interviews & advice but..."
Nope. No spoilers. I like the interviews but I doubt I'll be able to get through this book for the sole reason that the narrators voice is wooden and robotic.
"Inside the Mind of Genius"
As someone who is currently taking graphic design in school, there are many aspects of the interviews that I can relate with. With some of the stories, I see that I am going in the right direction. I also see there is much I have left to learn. The interviews are absolutely fascinating.
To hear graphic designers in their own words is very engaging.
I don't know if there is a favorite scene - these are interviews. I did like the interview with Oberman and Siegler a lot.
I didn't really laugh or cry although there are moments of silent chuckles that we always have in real life. I was fascinated though with every word.
Be forewarned: This is not a how to book on what to do in order to think like those who have been successful in the graphic design world. This is a book of interviews that reveals how they think.
The only think that would make this audiobook better would be a pdf with pictures of sample work from each artist. I have seen another book do this with an audiobook and it would be good. Of course, this is my first foray into the history of graphic design so these names would probably be more familiar with those in the field. I plan on listening to this book again in front of a computer so I can look at the artist's work while listening and get an appreciation of what they have done and maybe a little insight into the why.
"Good advice from the usual suspects."
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.
"facinating glimpse into great minds"
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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