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Design and Science

Design and Science
The Life and Work of Will Burtin

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Will Burtin pioneered important contributions to international typography and visual design. He is best known as the world leader in using design to interpret science; as a proponent of 'clean,' uncluttered sans-serif typography; and for his large-scale three-dimensional models, which carried the craft and the art of display to new heights. His walk-through models included a human blood cell (1958) and brain functions (1960).


His major achievement: his clarity and ingenuity with models and graphics made complex information easy to assimilate.


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Limited Supply!

 

Will Burtin pioneered important contributions to international typography and visual design. He is best known as the world leader in using design to interpret science; as a proponent of 'clean,' uncluttered sans-serif typography; and for his large-scale three-dimensional models, which carried the craft and the art of display to new heights. His walk-through models included a human blood cell (1958) and brain functions (1960).


His major achievement: his clarity and ingenuity with models and graphics made complex information easy to assimilate.


The first monograph on Burtin, "Design and Science" illustrates his leadership in five fields: using graphics to visualize science and information (from the 1930s); corporate identity (from the mid-1940s); multimedia (which he called "Integration," from 1948); large-scale scientific visualization in 3-D (from 1958, foreshadowing computer-assisted virtual environments, i.e. CAVEspace); and, with other pioneers, promoting Helvetica in North America.


Illustrations of Burtin's work that have never before been published make this invaluable book essential reading for design professionals and all those interested in design, scientific visualization, imaging and information technology.

 

Details

Publisher: Ashgate (09/2007)
ISBN-13: 978-0853319689
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 160
Illustrations: color
Size: 9.8 x 8.4 in.
Shipping Weight: 1.8lb

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments – 6

Will Burtin Timeline – 7

 

  1. Launching a career: the German years – 13
  2. Fortunate: from “flex O prop” to gunnery manuals – 23
  3. Fathering corporate identity – 39
  4. “Integration” anticipates multimedia – 53
  5. Scientific visualization: from virtual to real – 67
  6. Kalamazoo wows Germany; Helvetica finds New York – 79
  7. The Burtin Brain – 87
  8. Change, moving on, and the Union Carbide Atom – 97
  9. Metabolism takes physical form: achieving creative control – 103
  10. Making science visual – 113
  11. The Vision conferences – 119
  12. Design explains genetics – 125
  13. Defense of Life – and then an end – 135

 

Postscript – 146

Eulogy – Saul Bass – 150

Notes – 152

Bibliography – 157

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