Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design / Michael Bierut


Designer Michael Bierut's acclaimed Seventy-nine Short Essays on Design brings together his best critical writing.

Covering topics as diverse as Twyla Tharp and ITC Garamond, Bierut's intelligent and accessible texts pull design culture into crisp focus. He touches on classics, like Massimo Vignelli and the cover of The Catcher in the Rye, as well as relative newcomers, like McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and color-coded terrorism alert levels. Along the way Nabakov's Pale Fire; Eero Saarinen; the paper clip; Celebration, Florida; the planet Saturn; the ClearRx pill bottle; and paper architecture all fall under his pen. 

Bierut is widely considered the finest observer on design writing today. His experience as a respected design practitioner informs his writing and gives it truth.

Appropriate for designers and nondesigners alike (and for students of graphic design at all levels), the short texts offer a relatable collection of readings that are both concise and informative.

Designed by Abbot Miller, Pentagram

Published by Princeton Architectural Press, 2012

Paperback, 272 pages, 6 × 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-61689-061-2

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