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Timothy Samara is a graphic designer based in New York City, where he divides his time between teaching, writing, lecturing, and freelance consulting through STIM Visual Communication. His 18-year career in branding and information design has explored projects in print, packaging, environments, user interface design, and animation. He has been a senior art director at Ruder Finn, New York’s largest public relations firm, and senior art director at Pettistudio, a small multidisciplinary design firm. Before relocating to Manhattan, he was principal of Physiologic in Syracuse, located in upstate New York.

In 1990, he graduated a Trustee Scholar from the Graphic Design program at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Mr. Samara is a faculty member at New York’s School of Visual Arts, New York University, Purchase College/SUNY, and The New School, and has published six books on design and typography, all through Rockport Publishers: Making and Breaking the Grid; Typography Workbook; Publication Design Workbook; Type Style Finder; Design Elements; and, most recently, Design Evolution, released in January 2008. Mr. Samara and his partner live in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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Identical to "Graphic Stew" 2010 19 Aug. 2012
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It really makes me mad when publishers rename a book and release it as NEW with no disclosure. This book is identical to the 2010 hardcover "Graphic Stew." Yes, I recognized some of the innards with the second purchase, but these publishing houses often borrow from previous pubications...lots of repeats. I hadn't looked at Graphic Stew recently enough to recognize the two as spot-on identical. My regard and respect for both Rockport and Timothy Samara has fallen to a new low. How can an author approve such a deceptive move unless the motive is purely a financial one? Bad, bad, bad...
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5 Stars Plus 10 Mar. 2012
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Timothy Samara is an outstanding author of Graphic Design material. He presents things in a way that is easy to understand. This book is a reference manual- easy to refer to in a pinch. It is great for a beginner or a seasoned veteran. From color explanations and suggestions that work, icons, page layout, image variations, textures, patterns, and more. This book has it all. This book is great if you are trying to design something and want to do something different or just need a fresh perspective. I have bought other books by Timothy Samara and I cannot recommend his material enough. Absolutely outstanding!
i keep this one on my desk 17 Mar. 2014
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I chose this rating because this book has been very helpful for me. I received it as a gift for Christmas as a student a couple years ago, and it has been useful since then.
If you are a graphic design student looking for something to aid you in the creative process, this book is a wonderful, helpful resource. It is "essential" haha.
I've graduated now with a degree in Graphic Design, and at my job I use this book to find maybe a new technique or thought. Definitely worth the money!
Great writing 5 Jan. 2014
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I really love Samara's writing. He clarifies difficult concepts in a way I didn't learn in school. If this is just a retread of Graphic Stew, then that's a shame for those who own both. If you don't own either, I think it's a must have. I just wish there was MORE writing to balance out the many pages of reference material.
Quick Graphic Design Referencing 23 Feb. 2013
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Forget a certain principal of form? Need inspiration for a new logo? Tired of using the same grid system? This book has great examples of them all and more.
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