Annotated Bibliography

Aldersey-Williams, Hugh. Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse. New York: Rizzoli, 1990. A valuable background in what deconstructivist design was understood to be in the 1980s. Comparing it to other understandings of what deconstructivist design is showed that deconstructivism was too loosely defined to be a path to pursue.

Betsky, Aaron, and Adam Eeuwens. False Flat: Why Dutch Design Is so Good. London: Phaidon, 2004.
 An exploration of what makes Dutch design. Designers repeatedly use the ideas of “restructuring” and “reality with a twist” to talk about their work, which is often how I think of my work as well.

Boom, Irma. Walker Art Center
Irma Boom talks candidly about individual projects at length. A long talk, but great introduction to her work and the way she operates. I recommend leaving on in the background and listening until something catches one’s interest.

Dutch Resource: Collaborative Exercises in Graphic Design  (Dutch Resource : Exercices De Collaboration En Graphisme.) Amsterdam: Valiz, 2005.
Interviews with a number of Dutch designers like Irma Boom and Mevis & van Deursen.

Gill, Bob. Logomania. New York: Rockport. 2006.
Bob Gill’s books are always short, sweet and heavily illustrated: excellent insights into how he thinks about design.

Hara, Kenya. Designing Design. Baden, Switzerland: Lars Müller Publishers, 2007.
Amazing, well-written, thoughtful and elegant book where in Hara talks about  some projects he’s worked on while elaborating his views on design. For western readers like me, begins to act as an introduction to some ideas running through Eastern design.

Lupton, Ellen. “Deconstruction and Graphic Design: History Meets Theory.” Typotheque. Web. Jan 27 2011.
A history of deconstruction in graphic design. Lupton’s description as compared to the ideas embodied in Cranbrook Design seemed to not gel exactly, convincing me that Deconstruction was not the path to pursue.

Malanowski, Jamie. “Television: Forgetting Nothing,” TIME. 1.12.98. Accessed on the web, March 1, 2011. 
Seinfeld as the anti-sitcom.

Marr, Andrew. (Host) (2011, February 14) “Start the Week” (podcast). Retrieved February 15, 2011.
Discussion of the novel and whether it’s a relevant form for contemporary society or whether the genre needs to be adjusted to be more relevant.

McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics. Northampton, MA: Kitchen Sink, 1993.
An interesting introduction to comics and art in general. As comics marry image and word, many ideas are quite relevant to graphic design.

Mevis, Armand. Walker Art Center Insights Design Lecture. 3.21.06. Web. Jan 27 2011.
Another great talk at the Walker Art Center. Like Irma Boom, Armand Mevis is frank and open about motivations behind projects.

Poynor, Rick. No More Rules: Graphic Design and Postmodernism. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003.
The standard introduction to postmodernism in design. When I identified ANTI as being essentially breaking the rules, I began here, but did not find a theory to latch onto.

Rock, Michael. “Mad Dutch Disease.” 2×4 Readings. Web. Jan 27 2011.
Another investigation of what Dutch design is and if it’s ultimately too ironic and clever for its own good.

Venturi, Robert, and Brown D. Scott. Architecture As Signs and Systems: For a Mannerist Time. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004.    
Seems to be a completely unknown work by Venturi and Scott Brown which summarizes their work and ideas heretofore and outlines Mannerism. In my opinion, by far and away the best of their books: the points of other books are made simply, accessibly and with lots of examples.

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