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The Information Design Handbook Flexibound – Sep 23 2008

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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HOW Books (Sept. 23 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160061048X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610486
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jennifer Visocky O'Grady is an Associate Professor at Cleveland State University. Her design work has been recognized in numerous international publications, including Print and HOW magazines, and several books.

Ken Visocky O'Grady is an Assistant Professor at Kent State University. He has won numerous awards in international design competitions. His work has also appeared in several books, and was featured in HOW magazine's Business of Design Annual.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d011cb4) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf9ee64) out of 5 stars good introduction to graphic/information design Oct. 16 2009
By G. Chen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
I was very excited when I first saw this book in Barnes and Noble. But after reading it, I kept on turning the pages hoping that the next chapter will give me the insightful, in depth information was hoping to get from it. Instead the book gave me very basic information that most graphic designers with a college education would already know. Obvious things like consistency, gestalt theory, hierarchy are covered. There was nothing too new or unconventional or even inspiring. The best that I got out of the book was that it helped reinforce the importance of certain things that I have a bad habit of not doing (like using a grid). This is a great book for a beginner, but if you are looking to go into information design (I am not sure if there even is any book that will provide something more in depth) this book isn't one of them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d33f9a8) out of 5 stars Good, learned a lot Jan. 26 2015
By Shelby Sawyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
Good, learned a lot. But you do have to step back from it to understand. Very bright and big so easy to read. Most people in my class didn't realize the chapters were color coded- it was almost too obvious and in your face.
HASH(0x9dcd515c) out of 5 stars An excellent, comprehensive handbook May 11 2015
By Regular Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
An exceptionally well-organized book that covers key aspects of information design and is "Crammed with essential design principles and trouble-shooting tips [...] ." The last third of the book consists of applicable case studies. The layout is excellent - the book is easy to read and intuitive.

As one of the reviewers mentions, this book is more suitable for beginners and most likely is too basic for professional graphic and info designers, and it is true, but that does not take away from the quality of the content. This book is a spring board that informs and piques interest, after which readers can go into more depth by explore other literature on each individual topic, be it typography, color theory, information graphics, layouts, etc.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cf7b4b0) out of 5 stars Excellent Info Design Book March 14 2009
By Sean P. Cowan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Flexibound
After reading many books on the topic, attending popular seminars and scouring the Web this book presented itself as a comprehensive, easy to read resource. If the purposed of good information design is clear, direct and easy to consume information then this book practices what it preaches. The material covered is incredibly relevant for anyone who is looking to improve their approach to interactive design. The book is loaded with real world examples that make the design philosophies covered something tangible for use in a designers daily thought process and client discussions.
HASH(0x9cf8b72c) out of 5 stars Practicing what it preaches Sept. 26 2013
By Nicholas Doering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Flexibound Verified Purchase
If you're curious about information design, or need to complete some, this is a good introduction to the topic. It goes over all the concepts in a concise and clear manner. It covers the science behind the methods, the methods, and the general rules of thumb that result from scientific studies performed over the last several hundred years. The book also practices what it preaches. It is extremely clear in conveying its information. The color coding is very consistent, it has a good use of infographics and visualizations, and it's just a very well put together book. I would definitely recommend it for any student or anyone just curious about the discipline. The title describes it pretty appropriately.