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Comments on: Learning to Spectacle http://designnotes.info/?p=783 Testing & Sprinting Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 By: chris http://designnotes.info/?p=783&cpage=1#comment-2441 Mon, 06 Nov 2006 14:34:17 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=783#comment-2441 I have always thought it interesting that Mau is vaulted up to status of author (by himself and others), and whether that authorial role be graphic/text/image or some combination of all. I do think that he rebooted the conversation of what can/could/should be done with content and the responsibility that the designer has to simultaneoulsy respect and question that content. A good dissection of Mau and his ideas are necessary, I think… especially if he’s aligning himslef with the likes of Rockwell.

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By: Michael Surtees http://designnotes.info/?p=783&cpage=1#comment-2440 Sun, 05 Nov 2006 23:44:31 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=783#comment-2440 Chris – Almost. The cover for S,M,L,XL denotes Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau. The new book says with Bruce Mau. Ok, it means pretty much the same thing. While I wasn’t consciously omitting Mau’s other books with architects it seemed interesting at the time of me writing the blog post that night. As for your mention of marshall mcluhan/quentin fiore, it is something that should be investigated more closely. But by who and what would it really accomplish in the end? I’ve heard murmurs of Mau borrowing other ideas so perhaps there’s something to what you’re suggesting.

and thanks for the visit.

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By: chris http://designnotes.info/?p=783&cpage=1#comment-2439 Sun, 05 Nov 2006 21:12:02 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=783#comment-2439 surely you must know – as an information designer – that Mau has other books and that the main launch of his career would be SMLXL. And that he was listed on the cover as author. he’s built his mystique around this.

but what about the marshall mcluhan/quentin fiore collabs? a little investigation would demonstrate that mau has lifted most of his ideology from the few books they produced. and apologies for my first post on your blog being about this. as a fellow ex-pat in the US i’m a little sensitive to Mau and his proclivities…

but all of that goes out the window with that beard. seriously – wtf???!!!!

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By: Christina http://designnotes.info/?p=783&cpage=1#comment-2438 Fri, 03 Nov 2006 15:44:51 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=783#comment-2438 I’ve been meaning to buy that book for a couple of years now. Thanks for the reminder Caren.

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By: Michael Surtees http://designnotes.info/?p=783&cpage=1#comment-2437 Fri, 03 Nov 2006 02:56:23 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=783#comment-2437 Around the publication of S,M,L,XL? Geeze that was published when I was living in Medicine Hat – actually don’t ask me about that. 48 Laws of Power – “Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s finance minister in the first years of his reign, was a generous man who loved lavish parties, pretty women, and poetry…” Sounds like a book that I should check out…

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By: Litherland http://designnotes.info/?p=783&cpage=1#comment-2436 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 22:58:28 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=783#comment-2436

I’ve never seen a designer of the book placed in the same sentence as the author. I asked them about the line afterwards.

I remember the issue being raised around the publication of S,M,L,XL.

I was about to write that Mau is the only book designer I can think of who has managed to negotiate that billing, but a quick scan of my bookshelves turned up the following: The 48 Laws of Power (designed by Joost Elffers).

I would love to know about other examples. This is the sort of question that Steven Heller could answer without missing a beat.

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