Véronique Vienne

The Self-Taught Design Critic. [...]

Véronique Vienne was a magazine art director in the USA when she began to write to better analyze and understand the work of the graphic designers, illustrators and photographers who collaborated with her.

Today she writes books and conducts workshops on design criticism as a creative tool.


Voir, regarder, apprécier : tout un programme. [...]

Véronique Vienne a été directrice artistique aux USA avant de commencer a écrire pour mieux comprendre ce que faisaient les graphistes, illustrateurs et photographes avec qui elle collaborait.

Aujourd’hui elle écrit des livres et anime des sessions de travail sur la critique du design graphique comme outil de création.

Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility

Edited with Steven Heller, published by Allworth Press (2003)

In this provocative anthology, today’s most articulate designers and pundits explore what it means to be a designer in a corporate-driven, over-branded, global consumer culture. Forty essays and interviews espouse viewpoints covering a wide range of social, professional, political, and cultural topics including reality branding, game design and school violence, “socially responsible” advertising, and design as a force for improving the environment.

The book responds to the tough questions being asked by today’s designers: Can one make a difference? Can design be more than a service to clients? At what point must one turn down a job and take a stand?

Essays by Véronique Vienne include a conversation with Robert Menard, who founded Reporters Sans Frontières in 1985; a profile of Sara Little Turnbull, a design pioneer and cultural anthropologist on the faculty at Stanford University Graduate School of Business; and an interview with Kalle Lasn, editor-in-chief of Adbuster magazine.