George Nelson On Design


“This does have a very clever cover design, but I got this for the words, not the pictures. While you probably know him for his furniture and clocks, George Nelson is probably the 20th century’s best writer about design. Engaging, exploratory, humorous, brimming with ideas, and never over anyone’s head, Nelson’s prose is perhaps my greatest point of inspiration in my own work at Dwell. Save for a few references to secretaries and nuclear technology, this and his other collection of essays — Problems of Design — have managed to stand up to the test of time remarkably well. Really highly recommended reading.” — Sam Grawe of Dwell Magazine

“Pentagram has a long association with George Nelson. When Pentagram co-founder Colin Forbes first moved to New York in the late seventies to establish an office there, he shared space with Nelson, and the two discussed the possibility of Nelson joining the Pentagram partnership. The relationship was never made formal, although there are news releases that have survived from the period that refer to Nelson as a Pentagram partner. Forbes designed the jacket for Nelson’s classic 1978 book George Nelson On Design, the first project produced by Pentagram New York.” — Pentagram

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