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Design School Confidential: Extraordinary Class Projects from the International Design Schoolsby Steven Heller
Synopses & Reviews
Design School is a richly illustrated, unprecedented anthology of over 50 of the most challenging class projects from design schools around the world. The projects range from basic typography to social responsibility. From printed matter to environmental extravaganzas, students are challenged to push the limits of form and content.
How do students learn to solve design problems? How do cultural differences impact the way design is taught? What do design students want from their class assignments? What do design teachers hope to impart? The answers can be found in this impressive compendium of choice projects from the likes of the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland; Fabrica, Bologna Academy of Fine Arts, Italy; Arts Academy of Split, Croatia; School of Visual Arts, New York, United States; Berlin University of the Arts, Germany, and many more.
Design School is an essential resource for teachers seeking uniquely successful projects.
Book News Annotation:
While this book can definitely be read as a mere collection of interesting art projects, it has a much broader purpose. Selecting 50 real-world class assignments from top university design programs, editors Heller and Talarico (co-chairs of the MFA Design program at the School for Visual Arts) present the student projects that came out of those assignments. The wide variety of work that resulted shows how each project generated numerous successful solutions; provides practical models to inspire both artists (students or not) and art instructors; and shows both the sophistication of design school projects and the value that these projects have in relation to real-world practice. This very beautiful book will appeal to artists, would-be artists, and instructors looking for that next class project. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Every great design school in the world is defined, in part, by the work of its students at any given time. The various project challenges given to a class determine the success of a school’s pedagogy, but also the ingenuity of its faculty and students. This book features fifty real-world class assignments from top design programs at universities around the world, and examines the resulting student projects. From undergraduate to graduate work and basic class challenges to final thesis’s, students delivered a wide variety of graphic and multimedia design projects from print to motion to exhibition. The book has three functions: 1) To exhibit a wide range of challenging problems and successful solutions. 2) Provide practical models to be inspired by and learn from. 3) Examine how sophisticated design school projects are and what value they have in relation to real-world practice.
Every great design school in the world is defined, in part, by the work of its students at any given time. The various project challenges given to a class determine the success of a school's pedagogy, but also the ingenuity of its faculty and students. This book asks over fifty leading design schools in the world to submit (and annotate) their most "astounding" class or program projects. It includes undergraduate and graduate work – from basic class challenges to final thesis work and features a wide variety of graphic and multimedia design projects, from print to motion to exhibition.
About the Author
Steven Heller and Lita Talarico are the co-chairs of the MFA Design program at the school of Visual Arts. They co-authored Design Career (the first handbook for designers and illustrators) in the 1980s and Design Entrepreneur for Rockport. Heller is the author, editor, or co-author of over 120 books on design and popular culture. He is a former senior art director of the New York Times and currently writes the Book Review's "Visuals" column. He is a contributing editor for PRINT, ID, EYE, Baseline, and frequent contributor to Metropolis. His website is www.hellerbooks.com. Talarico is the former founding editor of American Illustration, was Reporter-at-Large for Graphis, and has been a director for special initiatives in design and architecture at both Purchase College, SUNY, and the Cooper Union. Talarico holds an M.F.A. in Art Criticism and Writing.
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