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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2008
If you're a product designer, and are looking for an inspirational book on cool concept sketches, this book is exactly what you're hoping it will be, chock full of the slick kind of sketches we all like to do.

What this book is NOT, is a step by step guide on creating them, it's more a source book for people who can already sketch like this, and in that, it does the job very well.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2009
I am an Industrial Design student who bought this book upon recommendation by a lecturer. This book will be a cause of envy and a fantastic source of inspiration throughout my degree (and most likely into my career).

If you're a design student looking to improve your design communication you can't go far wrong with this book. However, don't expect step-by-step tutorials as this book is more a treasure trove of inspiration and an opportunity to observe some great sketching and presentation techniques.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2009
Okay, I've been designing for a long time but wanted to remind myself how I should be presenting my ideas to clients after a long time managing the process rather than doing the creative bit.
This book doesn't dissappoint, as the other reviewers commented, it's full of inspiration to those progressing towards a career in design or those slightly longer in the tooth practiioners like me. An excellent buy for students and professionals alike it'll whet your appetite and set you off trying new stuff for yourself or push you to lift the bar. Regardless of new whizz bang computer based tools, in my experience it still all starts with a sketch and this book will show you some excellent methods of presenting your ideas. Well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2010
I am hoping to study product design at university, and having never been taught this subject specifically before, I wanted to get an idea of how to do the amazing sketches you see in plenty of books.

I read all of the reviews of this book before buying it, and was unsure at first because of the comments saying how it isn't a tutorial step by step guide. But, I found the book to be very useful and the drawings inside are just amazing. Some drawings are shown step by step which shows how they had been created. It also gives some tips on how to get the best from your drawings.

Definitely would recommend this book! By far the best book for sketching that I have bought.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2008
This is a great book. 250 full colour glossy pages of great sketching. Some explanations of how to create fantastic renderings. I have been a proffesional product designer for over 15 years and i feel inspired to raise my game after getting this book. It should be essential reading for any dersign student. A bit pricey at £30, but i found it excellent value for money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2009
I gave currently just finished my first year at uni and i found this book to help me so much in terms of innovation. When given a less appealing project brief i find this book helped me massively to boost my ideas when it comes to getting to work down on paper. By this i dont mean by copying designs, i mean the way other designers in the book actually design and sketch themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2011
This book is really good if you are looking for examples in the basics of illustrating shape, shadow, light, perspective, surface material and texture. There are many product examples; from household products such as hairdryers, irons and toasters, to vehicles, machines and larger structures. Most, if not all the examples have come from real product designers working for big brand names. The explanations and notes are very concise and easy to understand.

It's not so much a tutorial book with step-by-step instructions, but a book that looks at techniques you can use to enhance your illustrations to make them more realistic, or easier to interpret. A lot of the techniques are for shading and colouring, which may only be used in the later stages of idea generation and development. There are also some tips on quick sketching, to illustrate the object's shape with as few lines as possible.

Reading the book won't make you great at sketching, but if you practice the techniques in the examples, after some time you should be able to use them without thinking about it. I think it has covered just about every aspect of sketching you would ever need, and is full of good examples; you will want to flick through it just to look at the pictures for inspiration. This is why I think it deserves 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2011
I was advised by my lecturer to get this book for its contents as a good reference for future/product designers.this is a very good reference, easy to understand and once you opened it you will be tempted to your drawings to be as good as the ones on the book or even better. I recommend it to anyone willing to be a product designer!the more you draw the better you will be!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2011
Bought this book after it being reccomened from two other separate universities when I went for interview there. Looks like it's an essential book if your looking to improve your product sketching & rendering ;Whether it's for Product design or Industrial Design. Good quality book aswell being hardback.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2009
A university professor recommended it to me because the book shows how to draw almost any product explaining all steps: from materials to finishing techniques.

The truth is I have not had much time to practice with the book, but it is certainly the best I've seen on this issue.
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