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Breaking Designer's Block: 301 Graphic Solutions Hardcover – 26 Mar 2004

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (26 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592530427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592530427
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 23.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,809,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Keira on 9 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I would suggest this is one of the best examples of a graphic solutions book I have seen in a long time. Every designer has more than one book of this genre on their bookshelf, but if you think this is just another tired pastiche of graphic design projects displayed in an expensive hardback book, written by some graphic designer or other, you couldn't be more wrong. The book is brand new, full of fresh examples of artwork, with information about how type and colour have been used through the decades of the 20th Century whereby you can draw your inspiration accordingly.
The book itself is hardback and a little wider than A4 size. Unwieldy as a portable source of ideas? Perhaps. Indispensable as a constant source of new ideas? Absolutely!
I got so energised just flipping through some of the designs in this book that I will surely be dipping into it again and again, if not for inspiration then purely just for the sheer pleasure of looking through such a well thought out tome.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keira on 9 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I would suggest this is one of the best examples of a graphic solutions book I have seen in a long time. Every designer has more than one book of this genre on their bookshelf, but if you think this is just another tired pastiche of graphic design projects displayed in an expensive hardback book, written by some graphic designer or other, you couldn't be more wrong. The book is brand new, full of fresh examples of artwork, with information about how type and colour have been used through the decades of the 20th Century whereby you can draw your inspiration accordingly.
The book itself is hardback and a little wider than A4 size. Unwieldy as a portable design book? Perhaps. Indispensable as a constant source of new ideas? Absolutely!
I got so energised just flipping through some of the designs in this book that I will surely be dipping into it again and again, if not for inspiration then purely just for the sheer pleasure of looking through such a well thought out tome.
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Good book for sparking creativity 26 Feb. 2015
By Kimberly - Published on Amazon.com
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A colletion of graphic designers old works. Thought it would be more informative. Good book for sparking creativity.
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Awful 'type tracker' section 18 May 2005
By Benjamin Archer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While there are a lot of very nice case studies in this book, and the notes on colour usage are probably worth the cover price, the type tracker section is just plain wrong. True it's only a sixteen page section in a 356 page book, but as any designer will tell you 'it's all in the details...'

The publishers blurb states 'The type section... focuses on the various fonts that have been popular over the decades. This feature offers readers the ability to use accurate historical design treatments in their work for appropriate projects.'

I disagree with this statement, I disagree with Cheryl Dangel Cullens' analyses of the 'period' fonts reproduced on these pages and above all I would urge readers to find better historical type reference elsewhere.
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