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Graphic Design Cookbook: Mix and Match Recipes for Better, Faster Layouts [Paperback]

Leonard Koren , Wippo Meckler
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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1 Mar 2001
With 100,000 copies sold, Graphic Design Cookbook is one of the most useful all-purpose resources for designers and anyone who wants to create a dynamic layout for magazines, newsletters, books, posters, or other media. Now released with a fresh new cover, Graphic Design Cookbook has over a thousand line drawings that illustrate effective design devices, type treatments, spatial solutions, and pictorial issues, allowing anyone to examine and compare various design options in no time. As with a culinary cookbook, Graphic Design Cookbook can be opened to virtually any page for instant access to great ideas. As a catalyst to cook up endless new design recipes, this book has proven indispensible to one generation of designers; this latest edition will prove priceless to the next.

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; New edition edition (1 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811831809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811831802
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 15.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leonard Koren was the publisher and creative director of Wet magazine and is the author of New Fashion Japan and 283 Useful Ideas from Japan. R. Wippo Meckler is an award-winning print designer who has designed magazines such as WET, Mademoiselle, PC Week, and MacUser. He is currently president of Re: Design, Inc., a web design/development agency in New York City.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Give it a miss 24 Dec 2003
By Si
As a Graphic Design Student i was looking to buy a few books that could help influence my work and give me some new and original ideas to deign solutions.
unfortunately this book doesn't really do it for me. If found that the majority of solutions it presents are fairly unoriginal, with very few designs standing out as good ideas.
As a book I thought it was ironic that a book that's supposed to be about original design and layout has such a boring layout throughout the book. It's also a pity that it does nothing to explain methods behind different arrangements and configurations. The stale feel of this book is not helped by the fact all illustrations are in black and white and show layouts that only theoretical (ie blocks to represent dense text)-some 'real' solutions would have been nice.
The only real good things about this book is price, and the speed at which you can see a number of design solutions.
I will probably look at this book if I need to complete a brief in a very short space of time...but I very much doubt it will inspire any masterpieces. This book may be good for someone who is an amateur designer or perhaps just starting out in the field of graphics, but for people who want to experiment and produce work that’s unique, I would look elsewhere.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Layout for every occasion! 10 May 2002
By A Customer
This book is packed full of ideas for layouts! It's light and handy to carry, 137 pages of pure inspiration! I'm a Graphic Design Student in my second year and I find it very helpful. Literally pick it up and open on any page and your faced with 18 layout options (double page).
This book is just to give you idea's though, A good designer will take on these ideas and make them his/her own. Some are very obvious but you'll find that no matter how obvious they are you probably wouldnt have thought of them and they can be modified to suit any design need!
This book is literally all about layouts so theres very little type explaining them. but then again, whats to explain?! you pick a layout you like and turn it into whatever you want!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre 6 Mar 2004
I wish I'd read Si's review before I bought this title.
It's not a bad book but I'd recommend it for beginners at best. For my own requirements it's a little limp. There are lots of pretty layouts and solutions and it can help you get out of a rut but I didn't find it especially inspirational.
I got caught up in the sales pitch and the "millions of copies" sold sort of buzz.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook? 9 Dec 2002
I found this book okay, it consists of pages showing the basic frame work of a page layout or how text can be shown differently. There are no photographs or "real" examples in this book and the pages are all black and white.
However it would be useful if you had a mental block, for say a design of an editorial page, and needed to produce something quickly, as you could dip into the book and come up with a few different ideas.
Good value for money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You get out of it what you take in 27 Jan 2005
By JohnnyF
I love this book. It's chock full of great design ideas and you just have to be open-minded about how, when or why you're using them. The best thing about it is it's vagueness - which usually isn't a great thing about a book. But the fact it keeps the ideas very general and doesn't load them full of subjective content is ideal if you're trying to kickstart the kernel of a design concept but don't want to be overloaded with influence to the point of being tempted into blatant plagiarism. It wont solve all cases of designers block, but just staring at the pages for a while can be the catalyst for loads of little ideas that can be the fuel for a new project. It's pretty cheap too for a book that has given me so much inspiration. Highly recommended to the open-minded but if you want your ideas on a plate then just open a magazine, steal the concepts and try to sleep at night :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money. 27 May 2005
By A Customer
When I first opened this book I was disappointed as it is all black and white and didn't look very inspiring. When I looked closer I realised the book is in fact thumb nails of page layout variations. The designs are at a very early stage ie, one step further than brainstorming. This book provides a good starting point. It is good for kick starting ideas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars >>>>>Simple<<<<<< and to the point ! 25 April 2006
By Planet

Having read the reveiws for this book, it seems to be one of those that people either love or hate. As a relative beginner in graphic design, i found that this book was extremely helpful.

It has 140 pages Completely in black and white each of which are filled with 9 small sized layout templates. There is no supporting text, but the layouts themselves are self explanatory. The templates cover areas such as grids, heirachy, symmetry, edges, etc..

It is a great book if you are searching for a layout style and wish to veiw some in condensed form. It is not really a 'how to' book, but more of a 'how it will look when done' book.

I guess that the title of the book is really quite apt. The book does not really talk at all about the quality of 'ingredients' for a successful layout, but it does show 'recipies' for the amount of each 'ingredient' required to make the perfect layout.

A big bonus for buying from amazon, is that you can click on the thumbsized picture of the books cover at the top of this page and scroll through the first few pages of the book to see exactly how it no excuses for being surprised about its content!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uninspiring
I purchased this book from Amazon in 2001, and have got to admit enjoyed it back in the day and still have my copy, but for any modern day requirements is really is getting too... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ExtremelyCreamy
4.0 out of 5 stars It's essentially a pattern book for Graphic Design
Some people have found this book to be invaluable while others had considered it useless. My point of view is that this book serves you well as a stimulus for inspiration. Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2010 by Andrew Keats
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Do not buy this book. It is filled up with really bad solutions. I got very dissapointed when I flicked through it for the first time. And it has been on the shelve ever since. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2007 by DR
3.0 out of 5 stars Yellow Duck Creative review
If you're a professional designer who likes to be really creative, this book has odd snippets of inspiration, but is mainly a tool for novice designers looking for quick fix... Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2006 by Jane A. Hawksworth
1.0 out of 5 stars A con
if you're a busy designer hoping for some fresh and useful quick layout ideas... forget it, its complete rubbish. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2006 by Ms. C. D. Matthews
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter rubbish
This book is a complete waste of money - for something that boasts "thousands of ideas", I got absolutely none and still cannot believe I paid money for a book filled with squares... Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2005 by Holly Mack
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Graphic Designer should own it!
I am a graphic design student and this little book has really helped me when I was having a mental block and needed some inspiration. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2003 by lotrrr
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic Design Cookbook
This book is great for designers that do not work in creative teams - I use it when I have 'designers block'. Why re-invent the wheel? Read more
Published on 10 May 2003 by Victoria
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