Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design
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Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design

In "Look Both Ways," respected branding consultant and design community leader Debbie Millman has constructed a series of essays that examine the close relationship between design and everyday life. You'll find inspiration on every page as you meander through illuminating observations that are both personal and universal. Each beautifully illustrated essay reveals the magic - and wonder - of the often unseen world around us.

Excerpt from "Look Both Ways"
"It occurred to me, as I stood there, that I could simultaneously, vividly look both ways - backward and forward, in time - at once. I remembered longing to know what was coming, who I would become and how. And I suddenly saw it all over again in front of me. The light was exactly the same, and as the sun fell and the summer shadows slivered against the elegant, lean, concrete towers in the distance, I recognized the smell of the warm air, the precise pink and grey of the coming dusk and the mysterious melancholy and joy of both knowing and not-knowing, and the continuity that occurs when both collide."—Debbie Millman

Title:Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design
Edition Language:English
ISBN:1600613217
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages

    Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design Reviews

  • Eric
    Apr 07, 2011

    This is a brave and daring book, well complemented by its unique and expressive design. Only fitfully, though, is it genuine and moving. The conceit—very successful branding executive writes a colle...

  • Emma Sea
    Aug 25, 2016

    On page 184 Millman boasts that she didn't like Cloverfield. I'd like to say this didn't influence my dislike of the book, but I can't promise it.I felt many of her essays were pedestrian, and the att...

  • Clara
    Feb 12, 2012

    I'm about 4.5 stars on this one. I really, really liked it. Millman, whom I didn't know at all before I (almost randomly) picked up this book at my local university library, turns out to be a big-time...

  • Jacob Holloway
    Oct 01, 2011

    I've been a long-time fan of Debbie's podcast for her sentimental and narrative approach to design, so this book was a delightful behind-the-scenes/before-they-were-stars glimpse for me. I even discov...

  • Suzi Baum
    Sep 17, 2013

    There are few books I cling to my chest after reading them and this is one...partly because the Debbie Millman and I came of age at a similar time and things like sewing clothes and packaging and Dian...

  • Audrey
    Jan 05, 2017

    More of an autobiography of sorts....the most interesting part was the typography. Otherwise it's more of an homage to brand (design) and the power of marketing. ...

  • sarah wolfsont
    Sep 26, 2013

    I'm a long-time fan of Debbie's podcast, and after reading her diary images on Brainpickings, I decided to go for the gold and actually read her book. The book is more memoir than anything else, recou...

  • Linda Knight
    May 09, 2014

    I absolutely loved this book. Millman's life events had a certain synergy with my own, but more than that I love how the conventions of the type and layout are played with and contested. Millman's tho...

  • Christina
    Jul 27, 2014

    I really wanted to like this but it just felt sort of ... self-indulgent and repetitive and annoying. Like I think young Debbie and her obsession with having brands maybe had a problem. Sometimes she ...

  • Carolee Wheeler
    Jul 25, 2014

    Maybe I've seen too many things influenced by this sort of work. Or maybe it's the other way around. Good reminders, sort of interesting non-specific thoughts about general life things. Why not read i...