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Visual Aid: Stuff You've Forgotten, Things You Never Thought You Knew and Lessons You Didn't Quite Get Around to Learning [Paperback]

Draught Associates , Duncan McCorquodale
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Book Description

22 Sep 2008
Visual Aid provides the answers to the little questions in life in a simple colourful and engaging way. Included are: colour wheels, universal flags, star constellations, correct tablesettings, how reflexology works, the Italian wine regions, how to tie a knot, how to use chopsticks, sign language, morse code and many more. This eclectic collection of illustrations and diagrams will get you up to speed on life's basics, without the need for extensive reading or even your utmost attention. A stylised visual reference, with quirky illustrations and informative diagrams that make it easy to follow and understand, in a small, handy format this accessible guide is perfect for anyone with an interest in visual stimuli or a thirst for general knowledge.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing; illustrated edition edition (22 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906155488
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906155483
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''With its playful tone but enough of the more clever facts, Visual Aid is capable of entertaining a wide audience.'' --Varoom

''This simple little reference presents ''a lot'' of random facts in less than 200 pages with a cleverness and colourful style that s well worth emulating.'' --Cool Tools [www.kk.org/cooltools]

''Flicking through it I learnt some useful things about hats, poker hands, planets and the relative size of fictional spaceships. It's broad enough for kids but smart enough for adults. Useful as a last-minute present for the design-conscious or the hard to please.'' --I Like [www.ilike.org.uk]

''This simple little reference presents ''a lot'' of random facts in less than 200 pages with a cleverness and colourful style that s well worth emulating.'' --Cool Tools [www.kk.org/cooltools]

''Flicking through it I learnt some useful things about hats, poker hands, planets and the relative size of fictional spaceships. It's broad enough for kids but smart enough for adults. Useful as a last-minute present for the design-conscious or the hard to please.'' --I Like [www.ilike.org.uk]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting. 5 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased both books as stocking fillers after my husband thoroughly enjoying Information is Beautiful that he received last year. The books are smaller in size, think pocket sized so that was my first disappointment. Secondly they are just a bit lack lustre, there are diagrams in there that I don't understand why they are featured, there is also no explanations to go with them.

For those wanting to buy the man who has everything, get Information is Beautiful, a dip in and out book that my husband passed on to friends he thought it was fascinating. But if you already have that and are waiting for the second version then I suppose these will do as stocking fillers, but nothing else. Don't expect them to be on the same intelligence level.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great purchase 25 Sep 2008
Format:Paperback
This is an intriguing little book which is both well made and printed. It is extremely cheap and great value for what you get and I recommend it to all designers as it's a nice little thing to have. From a technical stand point, whilst there is written text, the book uses it sparingly and lives up to its name of "Visual Aid" through strong and powerful visual language.

From a readers perspective, there are enough clever facts in there to appeal to a wide audience and brings some nostalgia for things you have once learned. The illustrations are very clear and helpful and overall a nice addition to have to your book collection
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 19 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
(I will post the same review for both visual aids, as they are very similar)

Well, I have been surprised in a bad way.

In a way, I have been influenced by Amazon to get the two Visual Aids along with Information is Beautiful (which is great, by the way)

In this book, the vectors graphics are very poor, the information badly treated. The inforamtions displayed in are pretty basic and do not bring any of the intellectual excitement you can get from a visual dictionary or information is beautiful.

I would advice to avoid these two.

(As you may have noticed, I'm not a native English speaker, forgive me ^^)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visual aid, things you thought you never knew. 25 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love infographs as they get you thinking. Lots of 'I never realised that' type responses to the knowledge offered.
Everything is visually shown in pictographs and it's such a fun way to learn statistical facts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOved it! 28 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
OK so we could probably look all this stuff up on the internet but would we bother? No! So they've put it in a book. We attached ours to the back of the toilet door so the whole family is well educated on how to do a bow tie and the tallest buildings in the world (plus LOTS more). Attractively presented information on each page makes it easy to flick through or read. Only criticism is the not-so-strong binding of the pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Aid book 18 Oct 2012
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Fantastic! Gives you all sorts of information in a very visual way. An abolsute dream for any Dyslexics, finally a book that gives information in the correct way! Great for any quizers out there lots of information in a compact form, very useful for setting any questions or learning some facts.
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