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Design School Confidential

Extraordinary Class Projects From the International Design Schools, Colleges, and Institutes

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Format: Hardcover, 224 Pages
Item: 158887
ISBN: 9781592535484
Illustrations: 300
Size: 7 x 10.25 x .75
Published: October 1st 2009
Price: £24.99
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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.


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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