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Kevin McCloud's Principles of Home: Making a Place to Live
Kevin McCloud's Principles of Home: Making a Place to Live
by Kevin McCloud
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware, 23 Aug 2013
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The so called Kindle Edition of this book is a 20 page pamhlet with some clip-art......Not the same book, it needs to be made clearer particularly when Amazon says it is a Kindle edition. When will proper Kindle editions of these sort of illustrated books become more widely available??


The Parthenon
The Parthenon
by Mary Beard
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not about the Architecture, 26 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Parthenon (Paperback)
This is an enjoyable general history of the life of the Parthenon, how it was used and abused through its entire life. Mary Beard seems to have no time for architects though and dismisses any discussion of the design of the parthenon in six lines as Greek tricks of the trade only worth the study of geeks. There is no comparison with other temples, no analysis of how it might have been physically built, not even an explanation of what 'doric' signifies. While architecture does not interest her, sculpture certainly does and the conception, design and detailing of the friezes and pediments are covered in detail. All controversies since its construction are well covered too and so in a way it is more a history of an idea or icon than a book about the architecture.


Josef Sudek (Phaidon 55's)
Josef Sudek (Phaidon 55's)
by Ian Jeffrey
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly designed, 11 Mar 2011
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Josef Sudek is poorly served by such a poorly designed book. The Designer has made the annoying decision to leave no margins around the text, therefore one must open the book a little wider than normal to read the text this results in the spine cracking and the cover, which is weakly glued on, falling off, I had not even opened half the pages. I assume this decision was to force one to fully open the book and therefore fully see the image and make the most of the small format....... I have two other books in this range which share the poor design, and though they have not fallen apart as easily they don't look so good having been read only once. Perhaps mine was from a poor batch but the irritating layout is not healthy for books that are weakly bound. Otherwise quite a good selection of well printed photographs, a little light on his brooding late career.


Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values
Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values
by Robert Adams
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.56

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in Writing, 7 Feb 2010
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This is a small gem of a book. A thought provoking reflection on the effectivness of photographs. Adams' analysis of landscape photography particularly and the place of humans in all landscapes challenges many long held views. Illustrated sparingly this well designed book is one to come back to again and again for the well written strength of its essays.


CanoScan 8800F Film Scanner
CanoScan 8800F Film Scanner

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 21 Jan 2010
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Bear in mind for scanning film that this scanner can only get 1600dpi of detail from the film, scanning at any higher resolution will only add size to your file, no more detail. Most film holds about 2500-3000dpi of detail, so this scanner still misses a lot. Therefore your 35mm film/slides can only be about 2-3 megapixels.
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Image Makers, Image Takers: The Essential Guide to Photography by Those in the Know
Image Makers, Image Takers: The Essential Guide to Photography by Those in the Know
by Anne-Celine Jaeger
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct, 3 Sep 2009
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I wish there were more books like this, a quiet modest curatorial approach, the author lets the photographers/professionals do the talking but structures it with appropriate questions. Well edited, beautifully illustrated, I keep picking it up. A broad collection of photographers are represented from commercial to documentary, this book teases out common themes and ways of working.


Proto Architecture: Analogue and Digital Hybrids (Architectural Design)
Proto Architecture: Analogue and Digital Hybrids (Architectural Design)
by Bob Sheil
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, 3 Dec 2008
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This issue of AD is very well put together, a thoughtful assortment of sometimes bizarre machines. As Picasso said : "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." These works are clearly by people who work their way through problems and pick up inspiration as they make. While not all AD's satisfy, this one is made up of those at the cutting edge of architectural design using new tools to open up whole new areas to explore.


500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional and Innovative Designs (500 Series)
500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional and Innovative Designs (500 Series)
by Lark Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An uncomfortable marriage of craft and "Art", 11 July 2008
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While there are a small number of innovative Japanese designs featured in this book, this book is mostly about craft rather than design. Novelty is clearly valued above beauty and humour above grace. The folksy approach to furniture seems to have developed into a strange inward looking clique of self styled "furniture artists" who work in the "studio-furniture field" this has encouraged a virtual fetish for elaborately curved rare woods and big statements. Long live the simplicity, restraint and good taste of the Shakers.

The book is very well produced with excellent photographs, however make no mistake this book has little to do with contemporary design or art.


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