Idea Index Turtleback – May 1 2000
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About the Author
Jim Krause has worked as a designer in the Pacific Northwest since the 1980s. He has produced award-winning work for clients large and small, including Microsoft, McDonald's, Washington Apples, Bell Helicopter, Paccar/Kenworth, Northern Trust and Seattle Public Schools. He lives in Bellingham, Washington.
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I wish I could give it 6 or 7 stars for it's usefulness alone.
Everyone finding inspiration in in 'Idea Index' will equally love the infamous Corel Draw Clipart Collection. The rest of us would get more ideas in any Graphis periodical or simply on a walk in the park.
In comparison with the Color Index, this book has a lot more text to go with the examples - nearly every spread has text on the left side and examples on the corresponding page. Even though it is meant as a brainstormer I become a bit oversaturated myself *lol*, from all this text trying to connect to the images.
Maybe the focus should have been on the text really? Maybe the images was meant to be used as supplements only..
But hey, even if the text comes first - can you honestly say that you look at the text first and that you wouldn't even notice the images until after you finished reading the text?!
So if you can control your brain, I am sure that Jim will have reached his goal with this book - to help us professionals get out of the office at a reasonable hour, to cite the author himeslf.
-Help us by speeding up the process of selecting the right idea for a particular project.
Because of the messy feel this book initiates, I still think that whether you will have use for this book or not, really depends on your own mental resources and which way fits you to work best.
Give it a go I would say, especially considering the prize and size - you have to try it yourself to find out whether it does it for you or not.
I find that to be more true of many of the other design books which showcase the work of the same 100 or so designers in multiple books by the same publisher. I don't have a problem with those books - if you use them to find cool elements which are an explorational springboard.
And that's what I think this book does. We all have walls full of inspiring work, boxes loaded with stuff clipped from magazines, and printed collateral from various sources.
This is no more than that. A place to perch and peer into the realm of "what if I try..."
I don't think the author intends for anyone to go and say, I'll start w/p. 22, add some page 45, and tweak it up w/p. 140.
It's just a way to get the brain to travel a little. It's also a good way to identify a general direction when narrowing your brainstormed ideas.
I don't think we are supposed to stop with what's between the covers of this book. I think it's just an interesting place to start.
This fat little plastic-bound book has hundreds of well organized and cleverly illustrated images on the right-hand side of each spread, and short topic-relevant sentences on the left. I'm amazed at how quickly it helps me not only run through potential concepts and styles for new projects, but also how it helps me find ways of giving my own not-quite-ready ideas the extra "tweak" needed to bring them up a notch. I can't imagine not having it next to my computer and/or in my carry-all at all times. My advice for freelancers: get one. My advice for agencies and studios: get one for everybody.
Most recent customer reviews
I have to say that when I saw this book at the bookstore I was curious to see what could a tiny plastic cover book can offer. To my surprise: A LOT! Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Cacho Marcote
this is a NICE book.
This is book for those who are at least somewhat aquainted with the principals of graphic design (and are maybe too busy to have the time to actually read... Read more
This isn't one of those books that inspires you to keep coming back time and again for ideas. One you've flipped through its small, poorly bound pages - you're through. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by Yaderp
I loved this book from the first time I flipped through the pages. This is a must have for all designers, for sure. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003
GOod book for quick ideas for Graphic Designers - Although I must admit I never seem to use it.
I was very dissapointed when recieving this book, first because of the size, then for the content. The compression of the content didn't matter to me as much as the fact that it... Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Andrea Pizarro
I'm new to graphic design and this has become an inspirational book for me. When I hit a wall, I find new ideas in this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2003
Jim Krause is a genius. This little book is capable of inspiring any graphic designer. The Idea Index is a small book and could fit in most people's pockets. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2003 by Kimberly Ripley
Read the dimentions of this book carefully. It can fit in your pocket. Although it is better than the LAYOUT INDEX, hold out for a discounted price used version.Published on Nov. 23 2002
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