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Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers [Paperback]

Steven Heller , Lita Talarico
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13 Sep 2010
In this new book from one of the great authorities on graphic design, some 100 of the worlds leading graphic designers open up their private sketchbooks, giving the reader an unparalleled insight into their creative development, design philosophies and visual influences. Samples range from typographical explorations to fully fledged illustration ideas, from scrappy scribbles and eccentric handwriting to photographic collages. Contributors include such world-recognized names as Stefan Sagmeister, Christoph Niemann, Sara Fanelli, Christoph Abbrederis, Shogo Ota, Art Spiegelman, Uwe Loesch, Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, Bruce Mau, François Chastanet and Jordi Duró. Graphic is a treasure trove of design inspiration for professionals, students or anyone engaged in the visual industries.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (13 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500288844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500288849
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Informative and invaluable' --The Bookseller

`The calibre of creatives is impressive ... an absorbing anthology [...] offering an exhaustive collection of artists' snapshots that build to create a fascinating album'
--Paperzine

'Fascinating insight into the creative process, while images provide an equally engrossing visual journey' --Cooler

'A unique, visually intense release'
--Computer Arts

'If you are at all interested in graphic design you will love this book. It is an absolutely fabulous source of inspiration ... Highly recommended!' --Hot Brands Cool Places

'A great source of design inspiration for anyone working in graphics, illustration, or if you are just interested in graphic design.'
--The Market

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing variety but more doodle-like 20 Feb 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 1:00 Mins
You'll never know what's in a sketchbook. That's one of the surprises for opening them.

In this thick 352-page paperback, 110 artists and designers are featured. A lot of graphic designers are unfamiliar to me but I do spot a few illustrators like Gary Baseman, James Jean (he seems to be in a lot of sketchbook collections), infographics maestro Nigel Holmes, John Cuneo.

The illustrative style is incredibly varied and the drawing subjects random. The work featured range from scrappy sketches to photographic collages. Each is a snapshot of the artist's mind. However the sketches are nothing like the commercial work the artists do, with the exception of a few. Compared to other sketchbook collections, this book is less illustrative in the sense that the drawings are more doodle-like.

The commentary is concise, sure, but could have been longer for more reading pleasure. The websites of all the artists are included at the back of the book.

If you're not into any specific subjects and like doodles, you might like this book.

There are two publishers for this book namely The Monacelli Press and Thames & Hudson. The editions are priced differently, but should contain the same content. On Amazon UK, Thames & Hudson's edition is much cheaper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insights 1 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
I've been looking for something like this as a resource to show students for years. Seymour Chwast, Marian Bantjes, Ed Fella and many others give us a glimpse into the preparatory ideas, doodles, notes and experiments which sometimes precede more finished pieces,
other times are stand alone ideas. A complete treasure chest and a snip at 13!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great to look at and learn from! 19 April 2011
By Jonathan Kettleborough VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I'm not a designer but sometimes I see a book which looks so interesting that I just want to look at it over and over again. Graphic is one such book.

With hundreds of images taken from dozens of the World's best designers, this book provides an insight into the inner workings of the designers, the materials they like to use and the manner in which they capture and store their ideas.

I purchased this book just for the joy of looking at it and I've yet to be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for students 3 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
A lot of HE students (as well as A lvl) have problem with grasping the idea of 'What sketchbook (or Studio Journal) should look like?' and what is may contain. Visual-wise, this book is contains excellent examples of sketchbook that can give and idea and inspire any art student (Graphic Design, Illustrators etc.) at any level.

And a [] is a bargain in itself as well. Would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A colourful survey of designers' sketchbooks. 27 May 2011
Format:Paperback
Few people get to see inside the sketchbooks of designers and illustrators. We normally only see the final product on the pages of our books and magazines. This book features reproductions of pages from the private sketchbooks of over 100 top illustrators and graphic designers from around the world.

These designers use their sketchbooks for recording their ideas, dreams, and the world around them. They serve as a laboratory for developing projects before they reach their final finished state; and as such they give a glimpse into the creative process of these talented individuals.

Included in this anthology are designs from ad campaigns, book illustrations, cartoons, and travel journals. The styles illustrated in this book are as varied as the artists. There are doodled letters, cartoon drawings, photos, and sketches of all kinds.
The illustrations are accompanied by concise and informative texts detailing the artists' creative development, their design philosophies, techniques, and visual influences.

Websites for all the designers are given at the end of the book, so you can explore their worlds' further.
This is a great source of design inspiration for anyone working in graphics, illustration, or if you are just interested in design.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book 20 Dec 2010
By Dotty
Format:Paperback
This is an amazing book. For anyone interested in graphics or indeed any type of creative media - I love it. A lovely visual insight into the creativity of designers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars informative 19 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this book is both informative and colourful. it is a heavy volume and packed with interesting facts and pictures. anyone interested in graphic design in any form would find this volume interesting and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 14 Jun 2011
By Watkins
Format:Paperback
I would really recommend this book, as the variety within it is huge unlike a lot of things out there, that seem to stick with one type of design style. It not only contains more polished pieces, but also has extremely rough sketches which I think makes a nice change to the "perfection" often shown in this style of book.
The pages are filled to the brim with images meaning this is not just a one look wonder. There is also a small portion of text about each designer/illustrator which basically talks about their relationships with their sketchbooks, this can get a little similar at times but on the whole does not take away from the overall visual focus of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!
This book has everything. I felt the quality of the book is really good as well, and it has been put together in what some people might call disorganised but for a Graphic Designer... Read more
Published 6 months ago by index
5.0 out of 5 stars Really fantastic buy!
This was a gift for graphic designer son who really loves the content. He is 43 so holds a lot of information for all ages. Really great buy, thank you.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs C M Munnings
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brought this as a present from some excellent reviews. The illustration was outstanding and very inspirational. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars utterly amazing
anyone who is passionate about not only design and graphics but the creative industry NEEDS to get this book. Its soul nurturing, mind expanding, its simply wow. Read more
Published 20 months ago by nikkibrewster
4.0 out of 5 stars Illustrators' heaven
If you're into illustration, art and sketching, then this book will be right up your street. If you like thumbing through something different, then, again, this would be a good... Read more
Published 22 months ago by G Marwaha
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic designer's sketchbook
Thank you, great packaging arrive safe and very quick! Just as described, super graphic design book a real insight into how these artists are inspired. Excellent service.
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book at a good price
I mainly got this book in order to have a peak into some of the great and well known minds in the graphic design industry. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by M.S
3.0 out of 5 stars well a little dissapointed to say the least
When reading reviews and information about this book i was so excited. the problem is i thought i was seeing GRAPHIC DESIGN. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by LivLifeGraphics
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