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Radical Landscapes. (Designer Disaster).

By Jane Amidon. London: Thames and Hudson. 2001. [pounds sterling]29.95

Although this is a terrific picture book it could have been a terrific book. There are two problems. One is the text, the other the idiotic design -- lots of totally meaningless diagonal lines and demented cut-outs dropped in irritating positions on potentially really nice and informative photos. At the back there are columns of text columns which slope in silly directions for no very good reason and naive angular doodles meander across the background. We all know that book designers never read the grey matter making up that boring stuff we readers call text, but this person has decided to interpose ridiculous 'artistic' lines all over the place. You want to ring up Thames and Hudson and find out where the designer lives. The trouble is that the publishers themselves haven't been all that interested in the text. In the old days Thames and Hudson were very good about editing. If this is anything to go by, they have given that kind of non-revenue-generating thing up.
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Author:Lyall, Sutherland
Publication:The Architectural Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 1, 2002
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