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About the Author

Jim Krause is the author and designer of the bestselling Index series available from HOW Books. He has worked as a designer in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980s and has produced award-winning work for clients large and small from Microsoft and McDonalds to Washington Apples and Seattle Public Schools.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Simple and pure creative sparks here... Feb. 13 2008
By m. dunn - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a budding designer, this series of books is a jolt of stimulating air!
No bewildering and incomplete tutorials, just inspiring visual stuff.
Jim is such a brilliant communicator and artistic mind that one cannot help but be totally seduced and informed by his vivid passion.
Simple and pure creative sparks here...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
ideas ideas ideas Feb. 23 2008
By Mina - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the second book set I bought from this author and I've enjoyed them both. This set contains the updated book of color along with two others. Great reference books and fun to flip through.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Design Essential Index (Kit) May 8 2008
By Manong Ric - Published on
Format: Paperback
Both my daughter (a regional marketing analyst) and I (a high school graphics design teacher) share several of the Jim Krause texts, and we are very satisfied using them as think-tank references.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
These books trigger your creative powers May 27 2008
By Amalphi - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Design Essential Kit contains three books that look really great and have many, many examples to give you good ideas making (better) designs.
Wonderful May 24 2012
By Phizz - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great set of books! They're relatively small in size, yet packed with valuable information and reference material. There's plenty more than just the basics, and they just make sense and flow as a set. There must be thousands of color references, and each one listed shows both and RGB, and a CMYK value. It would have been nice to see a HEX code for each as well, but it's easy enough to figure that out on your own. The type book is especially valuable to me, since choosing the right font has always been one of the more difficult decisions for me.

It's always nice when your design books are well designed themselves, and there's no shortage of that with fun packaging and page colors and great texture and feel to the books. Also, I personally think the smell of just-opened books, newly shuffled playing cards, and other printed materials is it's own form of heaven. So imagine my joy when I discovered that the box packaging keeps them smelling (and looking) fresh and new long after you've broken in the set.

All around one of my favorite set of design books.