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Influential graphic designer. Author of The Laws of Simplicity and eight other books. Previously President of Rhode Island School of Design. Now a Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers, a VC firm.

Thoughts on Design

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One of the seminal texts of graphic design. Writing at the height of his career, Rand articulated in this slender volume the pioneering vision that all design should seamlessly integrate form and function. As relevant today as it was when first published, this classic treatise is an indispensable addition to the library of every designer.

Thoughts on Design

by Paul Rand
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One of the seminal texts of graphic design. Writing at the height of his career, Rand articulated in this slender volume the pioneering vision that all design should seamlessly integrate form and function. As relevant today as it was when first published, this classic treatise is an indispensable addition to the library of every designer.
What John Maeda says

As a graduate student at MIT, I stumbled upon a thin, nondescript book called ‘Thoughts on Design’ by Paul Rand. At the time I was building a reputation for myself as being a gifted graphical user interface designer. As I flipped through Rand’s book I was humbled by the power with which he manipulated space and at the same time struck by the clarity of his accompanying prose. I was immediately inspired to pursue the field of graphic design.

Artful Sentences

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In this book, Virginia Tufte shows how standard sentence patterns and forms contribute to meaning and art in more than a thousand wonderful sentences from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  The book has special interest for aspiring writers, students of literature and language, and anyone who finds joy in reading and writing.

Artful Sentences

by Virginia Tufte
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In this book, Virginia Tufte shows how standard sentence patterns and forms contribute to meaning and art in more than a thousand wonderful sentences from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  The book has special interest for aspiring writers, students of literature and language, and anyone who finds joy in reading and writing.
What John Maeda says

‘Artful Sentences’ by Virginia Tufte is a beautiful book about writing. She’s the mother of Edward Tufte, the visualization guru. Writing is what makes a difference in the end. Visuals help, but you have to have good content.