what is the best graphic design article that you've read in your life?

Ken W's picture

hey guys,

so I feel like reading a couple of articles about graphic design..
so I want know which graphic design article really made you emotionally attached to it.

thanks!

blank's picture

Read Kenya Hara’s book Designing Design. It breaks down into article-length chapters with excellent photo accompaniment.

typerror's picture

The Cult of Ugly, Eye Magazine, I believe it was Heller
& No one will ever steal my apples again, H. Zapf, CA I believe.

Both of these are years old but visionary!

Michael

Tell's picture

That's the thing about great writings, there's always a nugget of truth that is applicable regardless of age.

I point a lot of students and others to this article.

will powers's picture

I doubt that many people will really be interested in this, but since you asked:

Paul Stiff, ‘Instructing the printer: what specification tells about typographic designing’, Typography papers 1, 1996, pp. 27–74

This article deals with the communication between the designer/typographer (the one who decides what a typographic setting is to look like) and the typesetter (the one who makes the design "real"). These relationships are rapidly disappearing in much of the world of typography. But they still exist, especially in book work, my realm.

I've been in both situations, in the metal and digital worlds. I found this article very nicely expressed what I have experienced, and (even better) helped me think about my current role as a design & production manager and typographer. Highly recommended.

powers

eliason's picture

Robin Kinross's Unjustified Texts collects some good articles.

typerror's picture

Kinross's A Blip in the Continuum was eye opening also... never made so many notes in the margins of a book before : )

Michael

Nick Shinn's picture

Speaking of Kinross and emotions, I was really infuriated to buy his Modern Typography and discover it completely ignores advertising typography.

.00's picture

Somewhat longer than an article, but the best thing on anything I've read in a very long time.

Paul Cutler's picture

The best article you ever read about anything is about design.

The only thing interesting about design is the process.

pbc

eliason's picture

Speaking of Kinross and emotions, I was really infuriated to buy his Modern Typography and discover it completely ignores advertising typography.

Hope you aren't also a fan of Optima, which I see doesn't even earn a mention by name!

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