It can’t be easy to effectively redesign a pop culture icon 50 years after its inception, but that is precisely what Miller & Co. did here. And not just formally, not at all. Yes, the page layouts were revolutionary, but it’s the renewed emotional intensity to the saga of what appear to be Bruce Wayne’s last days that truly affect the reader.
This was the first book I read that was really about the power of design and typography. I would say that Charlotte’s typographic web-o-grams represent the first depiction of a successful ad campaign in children’s literature.
A bit obvious, and more than a little embarrassing, this book nonetheless truly made me reevaluate what it means to be a designer, at a crucial time in my life (late college). It is NOT to be taken as gospel, but more as a cautionary tale of megalomania. Plus, as a soap opera it’s pretty hard to beat.
Certainly one of the best novels of the 20th century, it’s also a brilliantly withering observation of America’s descent into (and embracement of) kitsch. The descriptions of Humbert and Lolita’s feverish car trips across the country read as if Dante were lost in an endless J. C. Penney’s.
Milgram’s detailed account of his experiments of the title at Yale in 1961. For me these constitute one of the greatest feats of design in mid-20th century America, and inspired me to write The Learners, my second novel.
Enter Print Magazine’s Regional Design Awards by March 1, 2017
PRINT’s Regional Design Awards 2017 Early Bird deadline to enter, March 1, 2017
The annual Regional Design Awards (RDA) is the industry’s most prestigious and well-respected American design competition. Thousands of art directors, studios and creative professionals not only enter the RDA every year, but also look to it to find the country’s top talent.
In 2017, PRINT is also launching a new RDA Student showcase for the very first time in the competition’s 36-year history—giving young designers a chance to start their careers off right with national recognition.
Askew: A limited-edition notebook designed by Debbie Millman in collaboration with Baron Fig
“A ruled notebook unlike any you’ve ever used. Every line is hand drawn, and while some cooperate—others are downright unruly. This limited edition is designed to inspire thinkers to bend the rules and follow even their most meandering ideas.”