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Drawing for Designers: Drawing skills, Concept sketches, Computer systems, Illustration, Tools and materials, Presentations, Production techniques [Paperback]

Alan Pipes
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20 Aug 2007
There is a dearth of books covering drawing and product design. Drawing for Designers fills this gap, offering a comprehensive guide to drawing for product/industrial designers and students. As well as industrial product design, the book encompasses automotive design and the design of other 3D artefacts such as jewellery and furniture. Covering both manual and computer drawing methods, the book follows the design process: from initial concept sketches; through presentation drawings and visualizations; general arrangement and detail drafting; to fully dimensioned production drawings; and beyond to technical illustrations and exploded/assembly diagrams used for publicity and instructing the end user in the product's assembly, operation and maintenance. Interspersed with the chapters there are Case Study spreads featuring famous designer products shown both as drawn concepts and as finished object.s There are also several how-to-do-it Step-by-Step sequences.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (20 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856695336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856695336
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...pratical and inspiring..." -- The Designer Magazine

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Alan Pipes is a freelance writer, illustrator, webmaster, and part-time publisher specializing in the applications of computers in graphic design, fine art, illustration and product design. He is the former editor of CadCam International and the author of Production for Graphic Designers.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what it's aim is... 2 April 2008
As a fussy professional designer I am forever trying to improve all of my skills, and although a competent and descriptive sketcher, I thought buying this book might have some more indications as to areas I can do exercises in to improve my sketching even further; please note this is not the case, this is NOT a 'tutorials' book.

I'm a bit confused by this book, I'm not sure what it's aiming to do! It was a toss up between this book and 'Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers' (yes, I realise sketching is different to drawing). Too much text, not enough visuals which I wasn't really expecting. What was/is interesting is seeing the difference of drawing from the Italian designers (i.e. Perry King) and current American designers (Michael DiTullo). I feel the information sometimes goes way off course (i.e. describing what a computer is, what RAM is, what a hard drive is... is this really essential?) and I wonder how many pages would actually be in the book if they were to take out the seemingly useless information.

Basically, I think Pipes has missed his market, I think there is too much text which feels like 'filler', and not enough visuals to whet the appetite and make me enthusiastic and energetic about drawing/sketching.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed up focus 15 Sep 2008
Being a professional design teacher for new design students I think this book lacks structure and depth in the topics it treats. It might be a book about drawing in the computerized design process, but contains too much computer basics. It might have been a book about CAD in design but its to unstructured on this topic.
There are some inspirational pictures and examples of mixed techniques the may inspire, and the book is well made and presented therefore an extra star
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not what I expected 16 Sep 2012
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I was looking over in Amazon for some sketching - drawing books in order to help me improve my practice. Among others for a reason I chose this one - due to its title referring to Concept Sketches, Illustration and Presentation - Production Techniques. And also for the contents I read on its table of contents. BUT, rather than explaining and getting into some depths on these subjects, I find it to be more descriptive and summarizing. It contains some good case studies, but on the contrary most of the information is not that useful.

Overall, its an OK book but not what I really expected to be (and every time I need a reference guide, I regret buying it).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This book works, not because it shows one how to master any particular technique in detail, but, because it shows how a vast array of contemporary design tools and techniques can be bought together to communicate design intent. Alan Pipes has sourced some astounding examples of modern technical illustration and has put together some very revealing case studies.

I do agree with the previous reviewer that some techniques are not covered in enough detail to develop mastery and that there are sections where it is a little hard to understand who exactly the author is thinking of when he wrote them. However the book's real value is showing how traditional skills as well as computer based methods an be used with equal value. How a sketch with a bic biro, a conventional orthographic drawing, a ray traced 3d solid model and a photoshop manipulated image all have value in the product design process. The only notable omission for me was any real investigation of Computer Aided Manufacturing, one might be left with the impression that the only value of a cad model was to produce hyper realistic illustrations.

This said Alan Pipes should be congratulated on this and excellent reference volume and at the amazon price suberb value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Product Design 20 Aug 2011
Drawin for designers book helps you develop your skills and have an amazing idea about the story and the creativity of products
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