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by Susan Szenasy,Natalia Ilyin

eBook Chasing The Perfect: Thoughts On Modernist Design In Our Time epub
  • ISBN: 1933045213
  • Author: Susan Szenasy,Natalia Ilyin
  • Genre: Photography
  • Subcategory: Graphic Design
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Metropolis Books; Annotated edition edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • ePUB size: 1608 kb
  • FB2 size 1145 kb
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Chasing the Perfect is a personal reflection on Modernism's influence on the teaching of design and its practice .

Chasing the Perfect is a personal reflection on Modernism's influence on the teaching of design and its practice. Chasing the Perfect is really a tragi-comedy  . A quick, honest read with a lot of humor, she has insights about design history and practice that most people don't put forth.

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Автор: Natalia Ilyin Название: Chasing the Perfect Издательство: Thames & Hudson Классификация .

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Yes, graphic designer Natalia Ilyin is erudite and keenly insightful

By Natalia Ilyin, Susan Szenasy. This book is not what you think. Yes, graphic designer Natalia Ilyin is erudite and keenly insightful.

In Chasing the Perfect writer/designer Natalia Ilyin delivers her astute, incisive and humorous observations on design and the world it has molded. According to Ilyin, “Modern design is based on deeply idealist notions, and its inherent perfectionism has dovetailed beautifully with our commodity-based economy's need to keep people itching so that they will buy things and keep the society chugging along. I began Chasing the Perfect because I started to become aware of this collusion, this silent pressure that a language of design based in perfectionism had brought to bear on how I developed as a person.” Chasing the Perfect is especially relevant in our times as interest in graphic, industrial and architectural design moves more and more into mainstream culture. Each of the ten chapters features Ilyin's accessible and often hilarious writing, which is highlighted with a broad range of images--some quite unexpected--from the designed world around us. An excerpt: “The choices that designers and architects have made in the last hundred years silently mold us, silently direct us through the tunnels of Penn Station or up to the fifty-third floor of the Sears Tower. But they direct more than our movements. They direct us to notice one thing and not another, to value one thing over another, to identify with one thing rather than with another. Modernism, the guts of it, the strength of it, the egotistic beauty of it, carries with it effects we did not expect and fosters attitudes about ourselves and others that may have been dandy in a utopia, but do little good in our world. Why have we not changed this idea, moved on with our thinking? For even after the disbanding of the Bauhaus, the disintegration of the International Style, the exhausting of postmodernism, we're all still chasing the perfect.”
Comments: (7)
FreandlyMan
Natalia is awesome!
Silverbrew
Natalia doesn't delve deep into intellectual arguments here, but she does open many doors leading to rooms of questsions about the state of design education in America and it's seemingly unwavering championing of Modernism. She ties this in with her personal life and how she came to question her modernist education - this might be a turn off for academics seeking pure thought and data.

I'm looking forward to her expanding on the ideas she brings up in this book!
Ttyr
Natalia's book is one of my favorite design books (or books for that matter). A quick, honest read with a lot of humor, she has insights about design history and practice that most people don't put forth. She also makes difficult subjects accessible with her clear writing style and examples. As an educator and practicing designer I value this book on so many levels and recommend it to students and faculty.
Cordanara
I LOVED this book. Ilyin weaves together BIG, thought provoking ideas and deeply personal insights (that resonate as much for me as they do for her), and does it in amazingly elegant prose. This book is profound, thoughtful, and beautifully written. AND fun to read! I recommend it highly!
Just_paw
In ordinary hands, modernist design theory might be a dry and dusty topic, but Natalia Ilyin brings it to life and makes it fascinating. She draws you in with beautiful writing, humor, and razor-sharp perceptions; and along the way, she delves deeply into art -- and into life itself. It took courage to stand up to the current mode of design education. As a writer, Ilyin chased the perfect, and she caught it. And she did it with insight and grace.
breakingthesystem
I recommend this book wholeheartedly. I am a theoretical physicist and a writer, so what do I know about design theory and ironic distance? Nothing. But this book is not for designers alone. Rather, it is nothing short of a brilliantly witty and deeply personal guide to life, a heartfelt beacon on the darkling plain "where ignorant armies clash by night" showing us the way to a more joyous and messier life. I came to this book because I'm a fan of Natalia Ilyin's earlier book "Blonde Like Me," which just like this book, is also chock full of fabulous writing and heart-warming insights.
Tar
Oh sure, this is a fun read, the author has a good sense of humour, and tells a fine story, but there is nothing here really. Ruskin told this story 150 years ago, and Feyerabend told it more recently: imperfection is human, we need humane design.

This book needed more thought and theory. It is essentially a self-indulgent rant against a target that, sure, needs demolishing. But come on, what do you want us to do, lady?
I'll preface this with an admission - I am not a designer. I am an engineer by degree, having never actually practiced as one. I find the arts brilliant, each artist exposing themselves in the art they create.

In regards to this book, there were quite a few sections that were brilliant. The paragraphs on defining a home were fantastic - I even wrote up that segment and sent to quite a few of my friends.

Where this book fails, for me, is the extreme self-indulgence of the author. I'm a fan of elitism - we should be as elite as we can possibly be. That word is nice. But there is elitism, and then there is the self-love that this book is all about. The whimsical writing contrasts heavily with her judgementalness and her own severe issues.

For every 2 times I quoted the book in a positive nature, I found myself quoting double the amount of passages in a "jeez, someone is full of herself" manner. That sums it up best for me.
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