September 28, 2011
The ephemeral nature of much graphic design is neatly illustrated in a telling little scene in the Michael Mann movie, Heat, starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. The De Niro character falls for a woman played by Amy Brenneman, who he meets in a diner. He asks her what she does for a living and she tells him that she’s a graphic designer. She explains that she designs letterheads, logotypes, CD covers and menus for restaurants. De Niro looks at her and asks incredulously: “You go to school for that?” Brenneman laughs apologetically, and says yes.
A Layperson’s Guide to Graphic Design
by Adrian Shaughnessy
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