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The Design Method: A Philosophy and Process for Functional Visual Communication
The Design Method: A Philosophy and Process for Functional Visual Communication
by Eric Karjaluoto
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.43
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book about design process for new & seasoned designers, Oct. 2 2013
When I graduated from design school, the book I wish I had then was "How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul" by Adrian Shaughnessy. I recommend it to my students and young designers alike. This book is another must-have I would highly recommend for those just entering the freelance world (and I know there are many), those already working in an ever competitive/changing environment, as well as those wondering why client relations are so painful. (Perhaps you Thomas, the reviewer who didn't like this book. Did you actually read the entire book? Are you a working designer? It has some autobiographic notes in order to relate real-world experiences to the reader, but it is not just one man's journey...it's actually how many professional designers/studios/agencies/firms operate already.)

There IS an actual methodology used for successful design projects, big or small. Not every project is the same, nor does it HAVE to follow Eric's recommends perfectly. However, there are many practical details he's shared that are insightful, intelligent, and beneficial towards getting the job done right and earning the trust and respect given by clients who understand the value of professional design strategies.

It may not be for everyone, if they prefer to do things their own way. Having just finished this book, I feel this is a very cohesive, enjoyable and well-written guide explaining a much better way of working for real-world clients. For those who don't have the opportunity to be an intern, or benefit working alongside a mentor, this will do the trick. Thanks Eric.

Work For Money, Design For Love: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Starting and Running A Successful Design Business
Work For Money, Design For Love: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Starting and Running A Successful Design Business
by David Airey
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 19.43
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conversational, educational and highly recommended!, Dec 25 2012
I just finished reading David's book and LOVED it (and it's not just because I was a contributor!). Everything shared was of value and encouraged me to improve things in my own design business. Many things shared, I already do and learned on my own through experience. However, the fundamental truth to "Love what you do" rings true, especially when we empower ourselves to make it our MO. Thank you again for another satisfying book David. Definitely a keeper!

The Cult of Lego
The Cult of Lego
by John Baichtal
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 26.30
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written by serious Lego nerds FOR serious Lego nerds., Nov. 19 2011
This review is from: The Cult of Lego (Hardcover)
In 2009, Doring Kindersley presented 'The Lego Book', a visual history featuring a comprehensive wealth of visual eye-candy for kids to enjoy and initiate a list of Lego pieces to look up on eBay. However, this new 2011 publication, 'The Cult of Lego' is unique in both the authorship and target audience: Lego fanatics. Written for the ever-growing adult Lego fanbase, this book is enthusiastically and lovingly written by a pair of serious Lego nerds FOR serious Lego nerds. (Nerds of the best kind, in no way intended to be derogatory.)

The book begins historically, emotionally and then inspirationally, demonstrating through real people, photos of their work and website links, just how Lego has touched their lives. The book itself is like a Lego Convention in your hands, showcasing some of the most amazing plastic creations ever thought up. It covers topics only serious fanatics could relate to: customized Lego (subject matter not covered by the Lego canon), building operational objects out of Lego elements (cameras, electriic guitars, computer cases), household rooms devoted to mammoth Lego storage with their respective archival storage systems, fine art tributes and my favorite...an entire chapter devoted to the wildly popular Lego minifig. Impressive feats such as a 20-foot long Lego Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and a highly detailed 1.3 million brick soccer stadium at Germany's LEGOLAND Deutschland theme park demonstrate Lego creations at their finest. Weighing 1.5 tons and holding an astounding 30,000 minifigs, the stadium model images shown in this book are beyond amazing.

If I had to make one criticism, it would be about the gridless, unrefined book design. Each spread is inconsistent (with the exception of chapter openings) utilizing clunky color boxes throughout, and wide, cramped type columns making the reading process quite unenjoyable albeit, tiresome. Thankfully, the content and variety of subject matter make up for the lack of design sophistication for an almost flawless LEGO fanbook.

Simply put, this is the one Lego book on the market that celebrates those adults who never want to stop loving Lego, and the seemingly unlimited, astounding potential of what can achieved creatively with these often copied--but never matched--plastic pieces.

Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design
Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design
by Brian Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.32
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, current & relevant., June 16 2011
The best introductory book for print designers currently making the leap to web from a type design standpoint. It clearly explains every facet you need to know without complex jargon & assumptions, but with current examples that are relevant. Recommended and a keeper.

Retrofonts
Retrofonts
by Gregor Stawinksi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 64.80
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical type style resource., Feb. 27 2011
This review is from: Retrofonts (Hardcover)
Retrofonts is an excellent resource for those aiming to capture the right historical styling in their graphic design work. This thick, hardbound book acts as a practical type specimen catalog (containing over 360 typefaces!) with some background details concerning their particular typographic periods & characteristics. Complemented throughout with various examples of classic and current design applications, readers are also encouraged to experiment with the enclosed CD of 222 FREE Truetype fonts. Recommended as a foundation-level type history primer or collectible for typography lovers.

Idle Idol: The Japanese Mascot
Idle Idol: The Japanese Mascot
by Edward Harrison
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.36
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great visual histories of major Japanese mascots!, Feb. 19 2011
Light-hearted photo-dictionary of those ubiquitous characters/mascots that live throughout the shops, restaurants and neighborhoods of Japan. Brief or somewhat detailed histories of their origins (complete with kanji of their known names) are provided with well-shot visual reference (in situ of course!). The usual suspects (Ultraman, Astroboy, Anpanman, Hello Kitty) and well as some not-so well known mascots complete the scope of characters included. Quite enjoyable for gaijins (foreigners) visiting or now living in Japan and trying to make sense of these life-size plastic figures. High production values make this publication a great gift or a keeper for fans of modern Japanese culture. Highly recommended.

I Wonder
I Wonder
by Marian Bantjes
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning and wonderfully unique, Dec 16 2010
This review is from: I Wonder (Hardcover)
What a uniquely exquisite book by the ubertalented Marian Bantjes. It was like visiting the most beautiful art gallery and snooping through someone's family photo album and personal journal all rolled into one. Rich, visually sumptous, and one-of-a-kind. Recommended and most satisfying.

3D Typography
3D Typography
by Jeanette Abbink
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 37.62
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring & fascinating collection, Nov. 3 2010
This review is from: 3D Typography (Hardcover)
"3D Typography" is an impressive experimental collection of work from an international group of designers, artists & typographers. Using a wide variety of materials (string, water, coins, ceramic, toothpaste, and even body parts!), this book demonstrates in a photo gallery format what is possible when creative ideas are pushed and refined in obsessive detail. The descriptions for each typographic work are brief with the exception of the informative Q&A section with select creators at the end of the book. (Would have preferred to have those for every entry.) Inspiring and fascinating works; recommended viewing.

No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers
No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers
by Larry Volk
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 30.59
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars By educators, targetted primarily for design students, Sept. 23 2010
Written from a design educator point of view, "No Plastic Sleeves" is an in-depth study on anything & everything related to the creation of a portfolio (e.g. from binding techniques to color theory). Promoted as a detailed reference guide to how to conceptualize, strategize, design & produce a portfolio (whether by traditional or digital means), this book wins as a comprehensive resource guide for a novice designer or entry level design school student seeking first-time employment. However, it falls short in being easily digestible and reader friendly...that's if you're looking for a linear read (the author's have structured the book to start at any point one chooses). The writing is verbose or redundant at times and in need of an editor to focus content so vital messages hit home. While it definitely encourages experimentation or trying different "look & feel" scenarios, it doesn't encourage the reader briskly towards a definitive direction.

As for book design, the floppy horizontal paperback format is annoying. It appears as though designed as individual page templates for xeroxing or reading at a classroom desk vs. reading comfortably in one's lap. Typography at times is almost too small for the overall page dimensions and difficult to read for long periods; a case of do as I say, not as I do (Futura Condensed Light tracked out at small sizes for side notes or mixing 3 different type styles/sizes/tracking for a single quote or caption isn't doing any favors). However, I appreciate the interviews (as redundant as they are) and real-world portfolio visuals from students, educators and professionals alike to provide a sense of reality. Granted, some works are stronger than the rudimentary student work (I've seen much better work from other design schools), this book serves to guide anyone interested in building their first or their 18th portfolio and to think deeply about every aspect for future success on their own terms.

Fluid Web Typography
Fluid Web Typography
by Jason Cranford Teague
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 23.30
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner primer on handling type on the web, Aug. 28 2010
This review is from: Fluid Web Typography (Paperback)
Informative & helpful beginner primer on handling type on the web. Useful resource list, current information (with an online support website for any updates since being published) and consideration towards various browsers with practical tips prove this book to be a worthwhile start for a novice. However, an underlying tone of do as I say, not as I do (thus, the poorly designed & "safe" typographic choices in the templated page layouts; the examples provided were better designed). Written in a direct yet thoughtful point of view, it explains how web browsers operate using examples and case studies where applicable. Reader-friendly & digestable (I finished it in less than a week when I had spare time).

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