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Maximalism: The Graphic Design of Decadence and Excess: Creating Sensual Appeal Through Graphic Design [Hardcover]

Charlotte Rivers
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29 Oct 2004
Now available for the first time in paperback, the best-selling Maximalism celebrates richness and excess in graphic design. After a decade in which minimalism has held sway, many designers are now rejecting the limitations of pared-down modernism in favour of a rich and vibrant maximal aesthetic. Beyond decoration, pattern, and embellishment, Maximalism shows how today s designers are using tactile materials, vibrant colour, printing specials, and exclusive finishing techniques. The book showcases editorial and book design, posters and packaging, identities, in-store graphics, and more. For decoration, sensuality, luxury, and fantasy, Maximalism is a must for graphic designers in all fields.
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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rotovision (29 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2880467942
  • ISBN-13: 978-2880467944
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 22.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte Rivers is a freelance writer and contributor to several international design magazines. She is the author of Identify and Type Specific, as well as all the titles in the Art series. She lives in London, UK. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 17 July 2005
I was flicking through this book in store and it looked good so i bought it but after close inspection it is an amazing reference at the cutting edge of graphic design and illustration. Great use of font, color and layout. An inspiration!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 11 Feb 2010
I love this book.
Its great for ideas.
I can just drop it open & get instant ideas from the amazing imagery.
It's printed to perfection and has beautiful detailing!
I'm glad to add it to my collection!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sub Par 29 Jan 2009
By Joel Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book having read the other reviews, and thought, "how could I go wrong?" It has a great rating, and if the inside is anything like the cover, than this book must have tons of amazing Illustrations and designs in it.

I was very wrong and very disappointed when I finally got the chance to read through it. It has a hodge podge collection of designs, NONE of which resemble the dirty, decadence and excess that the cover art and title seemed to promise me(with the exception of those actually used on the cover, 3) and FEW of which came across as genuinely interesting. I dont feel the need to ever open this book again.

I was looking for a good reference source for high quality designs and interesting styles, and what I got was a book of blown up egos. If you love to read artist statements, thought processes and the like, this book is for you. However, if you prefer to have this kind of dialogue backed up with artistic excellence, look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visually Enthralling, Lacking Instructional info. 20 Mar 2006
By cnpitbull - Published on Amazon.com
Aesthetically, this book is one of the best I've seen. The cover is one of a kind and is an inspiration in and of itself. The meaning of the term Maximalism is definitely apparent in the book, but I was hoping for a little more educational information in regards to techniques, software, etc. The layout of the text is also somewhat confusing at times in relation to which piece they are referring. Overall, this book gets a 4 simply for the inspirational imagery within its contents.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The cover is the best part 19 Dec 2009
By J. Tessmer - Published on Amazon.com
Someone should do a decent book on Maximalism. The trend has already peaked and it is time for an overview. Sadly, this book isn't it. There is precious little text. There are no obvious references to artists nor a sense of obvious organization. Even the "curatorial" choices are poor. It strikes me as an entrepreneurial exercise. Someone got some images, crammed them together and went to press. It's really too bad...
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars minimalist is out 8 Mar 2007
By D. Lim - Published on Amazon.com
a non-artist can accidentally make a minimalist design look good. there's no way you can make something with this "maximalist" style look good accidentally. this book is an example of good art. a nice addition to your collection. remember, you get better with every piece of art you appreciate.
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximalism: The Graphic Design of Decadence& Excess 5 Sep 2012
By ralph - Published on Amazon.com
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book was in great condition and got it fast. maybe corners and edges were dinged up a bit, but no biggie. i got was listed.
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