Layout Index Flexibound – May 1 2001
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Beginners will like this book, however, those looking for more complex layout ideas should either work on the existing ideas taking them to the next levels, or peruse other books.
Unlike Idea Index, which is a hodgepodge of design ideas that are far from finished, Layout Index walks the reader through some solutions. Instead of ideas, you get second-rate finished pieces that won't spark your own ideas. The beauty of the nonlinear index is lost.
I guess this book might be useful for those who need help with their church newsletter or flyers for the kids' birthday party. Will professionals get any use out of this? Nope. I'll give it two stars just because it might come in handy for the soccer moms.
I hate to dog the book... his first one was so good, but I guess that's why this one is such a dud. My expectations were not met.
Overall, the book is so-so. Going through it at a library will give you all the layout ideas this book could ever provide - there's no need to keep it on your shelf for future reference. If you're looking for good, or at least original print layout ideas, you better look elsewhere.
The Web design section is a little dated in that the designs were limited by the technology available at the time the screenshots were made, but a Web designer today can borrow the clever designs for the newsletters and brochures and transfer those ideas to the Web.
No designer should be without this on their reference shelf.
Most recent customer reviews
I have not had time to review this book yet, but if it is anything like the Design Layout book, I am sure it will be great. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2011 by Dawn
I bought this along with the Color Index, and I must admit I'm not overly impressed with the ideas in this text. Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2005 by Canadian Baccon
I have been slowly building my Design Library, and this book made me laugh right out loud! Just by looking at the sample page excerpts offered, one can tell that this book is a... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2003
I mainly do websites for small businesses, but if they like my work, they often ask me to re-do their business cards or create a newsletter template to match their website. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003
No writer is immune to writer's block. No designer is immune to designer's block. This book isn't an "answer book". It's more like an "inspiration book". Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003 by M. TURNER
I recommend having this whole series. They are nice little books to flip through when you are ready to start a new project. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2002 by R. potter
Read carefully, this book can fit in your pocket and the layout recommendations are for beginners only. If you are a professional designer, don't waste your money.Published on Nov. 23 2002
I'm fussy about books in general, and I'm even fussier about books for my business. This book represents money well spent. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002
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