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Editorial Reviews

President of the design division of Sterling Brands and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, contributing editor at Print Magazine, and noted writer, Debbie Millman wrangles 19 of the best designing minds into one probing and insightful book. How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer is drawn from interviews with luminaries and is based around the essential questions, "How do you think? How do you connect to others? What are your special skills?" Pleasingly performed by Nicole Vilencia, Millman’s audiobook includes interviews with sages such as Stefan Sagmeister, Milton Glaser, and Paula Scher.

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Publisher's Summary

Revealing, intimate interviews with 19 giants of graphic design. Probing questions from a top interviewer and branding executive. Unique, compelling insights and inspirations.
Take a peek inside the heads of some of the world's greatest living graphic designers. How do they think, how do they connect to others, what special skills do they have? In honest and revealing interviews, 19 designers, including Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Beirut, David Carson, and Milton Glaser, share their approaches, processes, opinions, and thoughts about their work with noted brand designer Debbie Millman. The internet radio talk host of Design Matters, Millman persuades the greatest graphic designers of our time to speak frankly and openly about their work. How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer offers a rare opportunity to observe and understand the giants of the industry.
Designers interviewed include:

Milton Glaser
Stefan Sagmeister
David Carson
Paula Scher
Abbott Miler
Lucille Tenazas
Paul Sahre
Emily Oberman and Bonnie Siegler
Chip Kidd
James Victore
Carin Goldberg
Michael Bierut
Seymour Chwast
Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel
Steff Geissbuhler
John Maeda
©2007 Debbie Millman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A delightful opportunity to eavesdrop on some of the most curious and creative minds of our time." (Malcolm Gladwell, author, The Tipping Point and Blink)
"A journey to discover the motivations, ambitions and frustrations of successful designers working hard in a volatile profession." ( Communication Arts)
"Anyone who struggles daily to create great work will be inspired and encouraged by these intimate glimpses into remarkable minds." (Joyce Rutter Kaye, Editor-in-Chief, Print magazine)
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joseph R. Compton on 05-14-15

Not what I expected but

This wasn't quite what I expected based on the title but I did find it enjoyable, listening to the interviews of the various designers how they got their starts and their individual perspectives. I rated this 3 stars because I was expecting something after those to kind of summarize for the reader/listener to be able to apply the learnings from these interviews to their own personal approach.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gregory Holder on 02-18-16


Good nuggets but some of the designers are so pretentious. The reader accentuates this by trying to make the interviewees sound smarter than they are.

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5 out of 5 stars
By M. Boyle on 07-31-18

Ignore the title and listen to the most important book on Graphic Design ever written!

Do yourself a favor and ignore the title! As is said in the introduction, it’s not a ‘how to manual’ or some kind ‘process’, it’s actually some great interviews with graphic designers like Stefan Sagmeister, Peter Saville & Paula Scher (to name but three), who give beautifully honest interviews that will make you realize that even the best are insecure / sometimes deliver work they’re unhappy with; which was a huge relief to read!

It also has to be said that Nicole Vilencia’s performance brings life to the book like none I’ve heard before it. The way she channels the designers is masterful & establishes the baseline I will hold all other listens to in the future!

For those who’ve ever had self doubt about themselves or their designs, this is the book you need to put those worries aside and focus on doing what you love!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ourmilkman on 01-09-17

Motivational Insight

Now on my third, consecutive study of this insightful gaze into the minds of the 21st Century's commercial, artisan masters.

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