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By Ellen Lupton

208 pages, softcover, $29.95, published by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, cooperhewitt.org

In this diverse poster collection, writer and educator Ellen Lupton presents an entertaining analysis of how designers see. The selection of both well-known and unfamiliar prints includes more than 125 posters from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, where she is senior curator of contemporary design. Lupton groups the work into fourteen visual principles, such as “Overwhelm the Eye” and “Manipulate Scale,” to illustrate how technical experimen­tation amplifies visual messages. With fascinating imagery and rich explanations, this collection will inspire designers to expand their visual vocabulary and find new ways to connect with viewers. A simultaneous exhibit at the museum runs through January 2016. —Ruth Hagopian

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