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.

The Art of Being a Woman: A simple guide to everyday love and laughter

With illustrations by Ward Schumaker, published by Clarkson Potter (2006)

With its spirited prose and witty illustrations, this book informs and celebrates the many ways we all can release our insecurities, count our blessings, and experience what the French call “joie de vivre,” a lively tryst between heart and mind.

Deliciously naughty at times, this collection of short essays provides moments of levity with sassy remarks on the perils of loving, dieting, entertaining or shopping:

One thing men hate to hear is “We need to talk.”

You never know: the woman sitting next to you could harbor the most amazing soul.

Descartes should have said : “I think, therefore I feel alive!”

Men set us free, one disappointment at a time.

Home is a safe heaven on the edge of chaos

Now you know: cooking, not dieting, is what French women do to stay thin.

A family is a tribe whose members look quizzically at each other and wonder: “Where do I come from?”